Ina May's Guide to Childbirth

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Ina May's Guide to Childbirth

Ina May's Guide to Childbirth

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I will continue to read the birth stories, though I only needed a dozen of them or so before I wanted to hear what she actually had to say (this may partially be because I am a male reader who's brain learns slightly differrent that the target audience). I've yet to find a really wonderful pregnancy, childbirth or parenting book that is objective and firmly in the middle ground. Really helpful for people who fear birth, see it as a scary medical event, or just want to be inspired as to the sacred and spiritual event that birth can be. There is enough material to wade through as a mom-to-be and precious little time to waste on a topic like this.

My challenging but beautiful birth experience has apparently become an exception in this country-- but it doesn't have to be. So instead of promoting dangerous ideas that science shouldn't be used or trusted, let's get science and midwifery to complement each other. She does not shun the medical advances of the real world, but she has witnessed hundreds of births over decades and her perspective is that women's bodies are capable of more than is sometimes believed of them. This book is not helpful, and it's filled with the kind of biased writing that sets women back and makes them feel bad about making their own choices.But here's the thing -- I wonder sometime how often our deference for what we're told is good for us gets in the way of what really makes us comfortable. Update three years later: I think of this book's discussion of sphincters every time I try to get 30 seconds of privacy to go to the bathroom. I come back to the issue of goodness of fit -- just like one looks for an OB who's a good fit, one looks for a birthing book that's a good fit. this is a really good book that a patient recommended to me when I told her I was REALLY WORRIED about actually giving birth. There is a section towards the end which deals with maternal death and I have not managed to read this yet as it is obviously a very sensitive subject.

I think she makes traditional clinical medicine and those that work in that field unnecessarily sterile and frightening while painting midwives and homebirth with rose colored glasses.i liked the second part more, and found the information thought-provoking in many instances, but overall it left me worried and doubting my choice to use a doctor/hospital/epidural, etc. They were all so different from the birth stories you normally hear, and it made me happy to know that natural childbirth really can be an extremely positive experience. Hospitals and doctors have come a loooong way in being more patient centered and accommodating women's wishes with childbirth.

I liked reading about what the women did to cope with pain/lessen the pain and the various ways they pushed out their babies. She and her husband founded The Farm Midwifery Centre in America in the 70s, which was one of the few birth centres in action at the time.

After having an antibody scare myself and following women who deal with anti-D antibodies during pregnancy, the few sentences she had on sensitization were not enough to fully understand the risky (and potentially heartbreaking) future pregnancies of those who are sensitized. s are not critical thinkers (or at least haven't been taught this vital skill in medical school) and that they don't have time to read recent studies. My body is capable of giving birth unmedicated without interventions because that's the way it was created. The first part is a compilation of birth stories from lots and lots of women; many will make you cry with joy. The best thing about this book is that it describes birth as a completely natural thing for a woman's body to do and that it's not at all scary, which is a relief after our culture's fear-mongering around birth.

This very lengthy review might suggest that I didn't like this book or that I majorly disagreed with the author. Facebook sets this cookie to show relevant advertisements to users by tracking user behaviour across the web, on sites that have Facebook pixel or Facebook social plugin.while i will admit that a lot of the information was very interesting, i disliked the fear-mongering it produced with regards to all things hospital-related-childbirth. The second half of the book was really helpful with information on what to expect during childbirth, what your options are, and techniques to help you during childbirth. So take some of the comments with a grain of salt because Ina May is talking from her experience which is outside the hospital and from her experiences on the Farm. This book is very anti-hospital, and even though it claims that fear causes pain, it actually instills fear of the medical system.

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