The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth

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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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Incredibly Informative

User Review  - JuliSD - Borders

I found this book to be incredibly informative and educational. I have recommended the book to several of my friends who are either expecting or planning on having children in the near future. The ... Read full review

Terrific

User Review  - 58dwife - Overstock.com

I bought this book for my 3 baby. I had already had two babies both induced both very mechanical in nature. I was not granola mom looking to suck up pain but I wanted to have some feeling of control ... 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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