The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Aug 1, 1999 - Health & Fitness - 384 pages
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As an intelligent woman, you are probably used to learning as much as you can before making major decisions. But when it comes to one of the most important decisions of your life--how you will give birth—it is hard to gather accurate, unbiased information. Surprisingly, much of the research does not support common medical opinion and practice.

Birth activist Henci Goer gives clear, concise information based on the latest medical studies. The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth helps you compare and contrast your various options and shows you how to avoid unnecessary procedures, drugs, restrictions, and tests. The book covers:

Cesareans Breech babies Inducing labor Electronic Fetal Monitoring Rupturing Membranes Coping with slow labor Pain medication Epistiotomy Vaginal birth after a Ceasarean Doulas Deciding on a doctor or midwife Choosing where to have your baby and much more . . .
  

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Very educational in its portrayal of birth in America. - Goodreads
Beautifully done and well-researched. - Goodreads
An excellent reference book and well written. - Goodreads
This is a very informative, research based book. - Goodreads
This book was meticulously well-researched. - Goodreads
A great eye opener and reference as well. - Goodreads

Review: The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth

User Review  - Emily - Goodreads

This is not the best book to read straight through unless you're already a birth junkie. However, it is a GREAT reference resource. Each chapter covers a different choice/option during birth, taking a ... Read full review

Review: The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth

User Review  - Natasha Woodard - Goodreads

This is a wonderful book to break down your options and choices for child birth. The author clearly states her bias towards natural childbirth in the beginning. However, it does not feel like her ... Read full review

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About the author (1999)

Henci Goer is a certified Lamaze instructor and a doula (professional labor support). She is a founding member of the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services, a group made up of organizations and individuals involved with maternity care in the US and fighting for a mother-friendly childbirth environment. Her articles on pregnancy and childbirth have appeared in Readers Digest and Childbirth Instructor Magazine. For twenty years, Goer has been a Lamaze-certified childbirth educator and labor support professional (doula).

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