Your Best Birth: Know All Your Options, Discover the Natural Choices, and Take Back the Birth Experience

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Grand Central Publishing, May 1, 2009 - Health & Fitness - 272 pages
The national C-section rate is at an all-time high of 31 percent. Are all these C-sections necessary, or are some of them done simply for the sake of convenience? Inductions seem to be the norm, but are they always needed? Today, expectant mothers are often left feeling powerless, as their instincts are replaced by drugs and routine medical procedures.

What you are about to discover is that you have a choice, and you have the power to plan the kind of birth that's right for you-whether it is at a birth center, a hospital, or at home. In YOUR BEST BIRTH, internationally known advocates of informed choice Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein inspire women to take back the birth experience, with essential advice on:
Positive and negative effects of epidurals, Pitocin, and other drugs and interventions
Inducing vs. allowing your labor to progress naturally
The truth behind our country's staggering C-section rate
Assembling your birth team and creating your birth plan.

With chapters such as "Obstetricians: Finding Dr. Right," "Epidurals: You Haven't Got Time for the Pain," and "Electronic Monitors: Reading between the Lines," Lake and Epstein will encourage you to consider whatever your doctor, mother, and best friend may suggest in a new light. The book also includes inspiring birth stories, including those from well-known personalities, such as Laila Ali and Cindy Crawford. Packed with crucial advice from childbirth professionals, and delivered in a down-to-earth, engaging voice, YOUR BEST BIRTH is sure to renew your confidence and put the control back where it belongs: with parents-to-be!

"Abby Epstein and Ricki Lake have taken a wonderful and constructive approach to ensuring an optimal birthing experience. Their language creates a 'climate of confidence' for pregnant women and their families, who must make key decisions about where, how and with whom to give birth in a health care system often unresponsive to our needs. This book is like a good friend giving wise counsel." --Judy Norsigian, co-editor of Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth and Executive Director, Our Bodies Ourselves
 

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User Review  - Karyn_Ainsworth - LibraryThing

I think this book is much more relevant to an American audience. In Australia many of our maternity wards are staffed predominantly by midwives, and there just isn't the huge litigation problem that pushes doctors onto such a medical system. Read full review

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According to the authors of Your Best Birth, the U.S. tends toward a model of childbirth that is far too focused on the medical, on bypassing the natural process of childbirth in favor of a managed ... Read full review

Contents

Foreword
Preface
Introduction
Not Your Mamas Birth Plan
Rethinking Fear
PainTake Control of It
You The Birth Goddess
Your Best Birth Place
The Guest List
For Sexual Abuse Survivors a Healing
Epidurals
Inductions and Pitocin
Electronic Monitors
Episiotomies Vacuums and Forceps
Cesarean Sections and VBAC
Loving Your Labor

The Birth Center
Home Birth
Obstetricians
Midwives
Doulas
Picking a Doula for Youla
Bonding with Baby
Epilogue
Acknowledgments
Appendix
Resources for Your Best Birth
Copyright

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About the author (2009)

Ricki Lake is an actress, television host, and the executive producer of the documentary, "The Business of Being Born". She is also the author of "Your Best Birth". She lives with her husband and two sons in Los Angeles.

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