Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth

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The trusted editors of Our Bodies, Ourselves, called “a feminist classic” by The New York Times, present a comprehensive guide to pregnancy and childbirth, from prenatal care and emotional well-being to how to handle the pain of childbirth.

Pregnancy and birth are as ordinary and extraordinary as breathing, thinking, or loving. But as soon as you announce you’re expecting, you may be bombarded with advice from every angle—well-meaning friends, relatives, medical professionals, even strangers want to weigh in on what you should or shouldn’t do, and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by their conflicting recommendations.

Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth will help you sort fact from fiction, giving you the most accurate research, up-to-date information, and the firsthand experiences of numerous women who have been exactly where you are today. You’ll get the tools you need to take care of yourself and your baby during and after your pregnancy, from tips on eating well during pregnancy to strategies for coping with stress and depression. Learn everything you need to know about:

Choosing a good health care provider
Selecting a place of birth
Understanding prenatal testing
Coping with labor pain
Speeding your physical recovery
Adjusting to life as a new mother

Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth is an essential resource for women that will guide you through the many decisions ahead.

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The Boston Women's Health Book Collective, producer of Our Bodies, Ourselves, has created a separate, superlative guide focusing on pregnancy and birth. It includes current information on making ... Read full review

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I *loved* this book! I loved the fair descriptions of hospitals, birthing centers, midwives, doulas, and doctors, and especially all sorts of birthing stories by real women.


Introduction T H E JOURNEY TO PARENT HOOD 1 Approaching Birth with Confidence
Choosing Your Health Care Provider and Birth Setting
Preparing for Childbirth
Y O U R P R F GN ANC Y 4 Your Developing Pregnancy and Prenatal Care
Taking Care of Yourself
Relationships Sex and Emotional Support 9
Prenatal Testing
Special Concerns During Pregnancy
Coping with Pain
Special Concerns During Labor and Birth
Cesarean Births
Your Physical Recovery and Your Newborn
Advocating for Mothers and Families
Authorship and Acknowledgments

Childbearing Loss
G V ING B I RTH 10 Labor and Birth

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The Boston Women's Health Book Collective (now known as Our Bodies Ourselves) is a non-profit organization founded in 1969 whose board members include Teresa Heinz Kerry, Susan Love, and Gloria Steinem. Their mission is to empower women by providing information about health, sexuality, and reproduction. Our Bodies, Ourselves is the organization's core vehicle for driving their mission. While OBOS is famous for its voice in policy, advocacy, and educational efforts related to women's health, they see their role as a global content provider as paramount. Judy Norsigian is the Executive Director of Our Bodies Ourselves.

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