Ina May's Guide to Childbirth: Updated With New Material

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Random House Publishing Group, Nov 19, 2008 - Health & Fitness - 368 pages
What you need to know to have the best birth experience for you.

Drawing upon her thirty-plus years of experience, Ina May Gaskin, the nation’s leading midwife, shares the benefits and joys of natural childbirth by showing women how to trust in the ancient wisdom of their bodies for a healthy and fulfilling birthing experience. Based on the female-centered Midwifery Model of Care, Ina May’s Guide to Natural Childbirth gives expectant mothers comprehensive information on everything from the all-important mind-body connection to how to give birth without technological intervention.

Filled with inspiring birth stories and practical advice, this invaluable resource includes:• Reducing the pain of labor without drugs--and the miraculous roles touch and massage play

• What really happens during labor
• Orgasmic birth--making birth pleasurable
• Episiotomy--is it really necessary?
• Common methods of inducing labor--and which to avoid at all costs
• Tips for maximizing your chances of an unmedicated labor and birth
• How to avoid postpartum bleeding--and depression
• The risks of anesthesia and cesareans--what your doctor
doesn’t necessarily tell you
• The best ways to work with doctors and/or birth care providers
• How to create a safe, comfortable environment for
birth in any setting, including a hospital
• And much more

Ina May’s Guide to Natural Childbirth takes the fear out of childbirth by restoring women’s faith in their own natural power to give birth with more ease, less pain, and less medical intervention.
 

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User Review  - JamieBH - LibraryThing

I purchased this book knowing that I'd like to have a natural birth and avoid an epidural and Caesarean section. I hoped this book would give me the courage and strength to move forward with my birth ... Read full review

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User Review  - greeniezona - LibraryThing

The midwife lent me a whole stack of books (and is always pushing me to take more), but so far the only one I've read cover-to-cover is this one. And I'm wishing I'd read this before I had Jefferson ... Read full review

Contents

THE POWERFUL MINDBODY CONNECTION
133
WHAT HAPPENS IN LABOR
143
THE PAINPLEASURE RIDDLE
150
SPHINCTER
167
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR
183
GOING INTO LABOR
204
GIVING BIRTH MOVE FREELY LET GRAVITY
226
FORGOTTEN VAGINAL POWERS AND EPISIOTOMY
248
WHAT YOU LEAST EXPECT WHEN YOURE EXPECTING
274
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284
13
291
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311
GLOSSARY
317
127
321
RESOURCES
331
133
341

THE THIRD STAGE OF LABOR
258
BENCHMARKS IN MIDWIFERY
264

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About the author (2008)

Ina May Gaskin, certified professional midwife, has been a midwife for more than forty years at The Farm Midwifery Center at The Farm, in Summertown, Tennessee.

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