Unlike the rest of the world where home birth and midwifery are the norm, Western society has captured the traditional childbirth model and recreated it as a high-tech pathological event fraught with dangerous interventions. Yet, the United States continues to rank 20th or worse in United Nations statistics of maternal and infant mortality.
When this book was first published in 1978, the convergence of the back-to-nature and feminist movements—and the rise of consumer advocacy in health care—contributed to a growing home birth movement. Today, a 40% cesarean rate and the universal acceptance of stay-in-bed electronic fetal monitoring, an unproven technology, are just two of the common hospital occurrences that keep some women at home for childbirth.
Midwife comes from the German word that translates as “with woman.” Research has shown that the close observation of an educated and caring woman makes birth complications predictable or preventable. Studies published in medical literature have documented that the care of educated, professional midwives is equal to or better than that of medical doctors, whether the birth takes place in the home or hospital.
Home Birth reports on this research, as well as personal, practical stories of real childbearing families. The book reviews typical birth practices and gives advice on preparing both the family and the home for the event. There is also a chapter on preparing for hospital birth, should a transport in labor become necessary.
This is just one chapter in the award winning book "The Simple Guide to Having a Baby."
The full version of "The Simple Guide to Having a Baby" is an accessible, easy-to-read guide which is a simplified version of the best-selling “Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn” for expectant parents who want only the most important, need-to-know, how-to information. The book tells readers: how to stay healthy during pregnancy, how to handle labor pain and birth, and how to care for a new baby. Using clear and simple language, it includes:
• Advice on what to do and what not to do during pregnancy
• Descriptions of easy exercises to help you stay healthy and feel better
• Information on what to expect during labor and birth
• Ways to deal with childbirth pain
• Helpful hints on breastfeeding and being a parent
What exactly do doulas do?
How to find one that suits you.
What are the “trade secrets” only doulas know but every woman should be aware of (even if you don’t have a doula)?
In The Doula Guide to Birth, senior-level doula Ananda Lowe and award-winning health reporter Rachel Zimmerman have written a most comprehensive book that draws on the wisdom of these skilled experts, whose experience with doctors, midwives, nurses, and hospitals makes them invaluable advocates before, during, and after birth.
* Labor techniques anyone can use
* Pain medication: do you, don’t you—and when?
* What dads and loved ones need and can do best
* When should you really go to the hospital in labor?
* How to prepare for unexpected medical procedures, including cesareans and epidural
* Postpartum—what it’s really like
* A clip-out chart of labor techniques, birth plan worksheets, and much more
Combining science, wit, warmth, and support, as well as the inspirational stories of dozens of mothers and their partners, you’ll find the “doula viewpoint” on every major pregnancy and delivery issue, making this one of the most important childbirth books you’ll ever read and recommend.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
This second edition of Unassisted Childbirth leads with a history of childbirth and then describes how most deliveries occur today, detailing why these processes don't serve mothers or babies. The information in this unique book gives women yet another legitimate choice in childbirth that doesn't rely on doctors and technology, and allows parents, birth professionals, and general readers to reexamine their most basic ideas about birth and learn to think in new ways.
Pregnant? Congratulations! Now let an expert guide you through this exciting time.
Pregnancy is a time of powerful emotions, dramatic changes, and plenty of questions. Noted obstetrician Marjorie Greenfield, MD, one of the new team of medical experts at The Dr. Spock Company, has written this authoritative book to answer all your questions and help ensure a happy, healthy pregnancy. Dr. Spock's Pregnancy Guide will take you month by month through the thrilling journey to parenthood, with special focus on how to:
-Follow the development of your growing baby
-Find the right obstetrician or midwife
-Deal with common symptoms and problems
-Plan the kind of childbirth experience you want
-Get good care every step of the way, and more
For more than 50 years, Dr. Benjamin Spock was the world's best-known pediatrician. Drawing upon his trusted philosophy of baby and child care, a new generation of experts at The Dr. Spock Company brings today's moms and dads the latest in parenting, child-health, and pregnancy information. Be sure to pick up Dr. Spock's Baby Basics, the first book in the Take Charge Parenting Guides series.
Unlike other books that overwhelm with data, Birthing a Better Way simplifies the best key points. Going beyond actual birth accounts, the authors reveal 12 Secrets which bring confidence in the normal process of birth and inspire you to believe in what your body is beautifully designed to do--a far cry from what is portrayed in the media or from some fear-based conventional medical practices.
More than fifty powerful testimonials include healthy mainstream women who answer why they chose natural birth (instead of Pitocin, inductions, epidurals and C-sections), what it was like, and even how it compared to a medicated birth. Six physicians share why they birthed their own children naturally, and not in the hospital.
Through Birthing a Better Way, choose whether you want a doctor or a midwife and decide where to birth: in a hospital, birth center, or at home. Get informed about the variety of births such as waterbirths, breech birth, twins, VBACs (vaginal birth after cesarean), and using hypnosis. Find out about ways to avoid Pitocin, an induction, or an unnecessary C-section. Discover what is in an epidural and its effects. Know what safe comfort measures truly work and how to overcome fear. Learn what you need to know about ultrasound and nutrition. Approach natural childbirth with a mind-body-spirit stance to strengthen your commitment.
Don't take labor lying down. Get armed with these vital strategies. You can make a healthy difference with the many benefits of natural childbirth for you and your baby. Positive mothering begins with being satisfied with, not depressed by, your birth experience. This book will guide you step-by-step toward getting the empowering birth of your life.
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"Thank you for writing Birthing a Better Way; it is exactly what we need now. The storytelling model plus expert commentary is perfect. We need this alternative. I love the book and will recommend it to everyone!"--Dr. Christiane Northrup, author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom
"The most sacred experience I've ever had is having babies myself. Five daughters all born at home. They were the high points in my life, both spiritually and psychosexually. Everything I've done has come out of my joy in birth. Through positive birth stories, Birthing a Better Way helps women work out what they want and gain self-confidence."--Sheila Kitzinger, author of Pregnancy & Childbirth: Choices and Challenges
"Giving birth in the most natural and tranquil way, within an environment filled with love and gratitude, opens the doorway to a new and more fulfilling life for any child. Caring and gentle hands embracing a newborn's precious moment of entering its new world is truly a gift to any expecting mother and loving family and for that matter the world. To reawaken a woman's natural and intuitive ability to express birthing and mothering is a must in our fast-paced, time-pressured society of quick fixes. Birthing a Better Way opens the way for a new era in child birthing for the many beautiful and wise mothers of the future."--Dr. John F. Demartini, author of Court Your Blessing: The Healing Power of Gratitude and Love
Share in the beauty and wonder of the birth experience with this touching collection of true stories from 60 real moms, describing in their own words how their newborns came into the world. Their intimate recollections capture the remarkable range of birth experiences and remind us of the extraordinary bond that forms from this moment on.
A great shower gift or self-purchase for expectant mothers that shares the amazing childbirth experience.
Beautifully packaged to reflect the warmth, wonder, and mystery of the childbirth experience, The Day My Baby Was Born presents true stories from a wide variety of women about the different ways their child came into the world and the incredible bond this moment forms among all mothers.The Day My Baby Was Born gives moms-to-be a full sense of what to expect, through real stories from real people - the voices of friends, sisters, neighbors, and others sharing their own thoughts on the incredible moment.
Featuring these stories:
Birthing Iris: a slight deviation from the plan (Meredith Davis)
Longer second labor, drug free (Laura Hubacek)
Easy pregnancy and easy labor (Missy Bowen)
My second baby was more difficult than my first (Allison McGee)
Baby born on due date (Ally Channing)
First baby born at home (Nancy Hatcher)
The birth of my baby Carson (Brenda Allen)
Our big surprise! (Trina Hollander)
Jakson's birth story (Cristina Ramirez)
Fast labor (Sara Hankes)
Hurry up, Doc! (Harmony T)
Extremely easy first delivery (Paige Nelson)
My second birth just as wonderful as the first (Rachel R)
A different water birth than expected (Erika Ginsberg-Klemmt)
The birth of my angel Kylee Faith (Stephanie Wiseman)
Thirty-two-week preemie after bed rest (Marsha Hammond)
Too easy to be a first (Toni Williams)
C-section wasn't as bad as I expected (Vickie Freeman)
A not-so-scary birth story (Rebecca K)
Miss Ashely's arrival (Carrie Herbst)
Fast and furious first baby (Beth Johanson)
My angel Madison (Candice Pesotini)
Third time's the charm (Ann Larson)
No progress results in Cesarean (Michelle Schroeder)
My baby boy...easy birth and easy baby (Hope Lehmann)
Jade's birth story (Sara A)
Water birth was perfect (Kim Goodspeed)
Pregnancy-induced hypertension with first (Shelly Evans)
Baby Bre's story (Jennine Mustard)
Intense back labor with no epidural (Katherine Harris)
Difficult pregnancy but completely worth it (Anneli Nilsson)
First baby born at thirty-six weeks, but so easy! (Lynda Lipske)
That can't be right! (Kathy Colbern)
Twin girls and a bonus (Liz Adams)
Four weeks early and long labor (Brenda Erickson)
I did it my way but almost didn't makee it (Melissa W)
Baby girl born early (Stephanie Williamson)
Quick for a first-time mom (Ilona Pope)
Suzaan, our mircle (Martie van Biljon)
My sweet (big) baby girl (Allie McDonaldson)
Great expectations run amok (Rachel Karlsen)
Sunny-side up, baby Braxton (Autumn Fagan)
Easy as 1-2-3 (Emily O'Reilly)
The longest labor but well worth it (Cara Martin)
My drug-free birth (Sheldene Wade)
Come on, baby! (Lindsay A.E.)
Fintan's birth story (Jessica Aldridge)
Seven days late with 7 pound, 7 ounce girl (Lisa Patterson)
Speedy first labor and delivery (Robyn Cassidy)
Eyes wide open (Erika Starman)
Seven-hour labor, one week late and all natural (Darlene Fulton)
Overdue water birth at home (Kerri Connell)
Long labor but easy delivery (Bonnie Wenzel)
An unexpected delivery at home (Kris Krynicki)
I loved my fast and easy delivery with Pitocin (Allison McGreger)
Night of the full moon (Aimee Wimbush-Bourque)
Lamaze teacher gives birth (Christine Hughes)
The grand entrance of the second man in my life (Jennie C)
Giving Birth with Confidence is the first and only pregnancy and childbirth guide written by Lamaze International, the leading childbirth education organization in North America. Written with a respectful, positive tone, this book presents:
• Information to help you choose your maternity care provider and place of birth
• Practical strategies to help you work effectively with your care provider
• Information on how pregnancy and birth progress naturally
• Steps you can take to alleviate fear and manage pain during labor
• The best available medical evidence to help you make informed decisions
Previously titled The Official Lamaze Guide, this 3rd edition has updated information on:
• How vaginal birth, keeping mother and baby together, and breastfeeding help to build the baby’s microbiome.
• How hormones naturally start and regulate labor and release endorphins to help alleviate pain.
• Maternity-care practices that can disrupt the body’s normal functioning.
• The latest recommendations on lifestyle issues like alcohol, vitamins, and caffeine.
• Room sharing and cosleeping: the controversy, recommendations, and safety guidelines.
• Out-of-hospital births are on the rise: New research and advice on planned home birth, including ACOG’s revised guidelines, which support women’s choices and promote seamless transfer to hospital, if needed.
• The importance of avoiding unnecessary caesareans for mother and child. Includes the new ACOG guidelines on inductions and active labor.
• The research in support of the Lamaze International’s “Six Healthy Birth Practices,” which are:
• Let labor begin on its own.
• Walk, move around, and change positions throughout labor.
• Bring a loved one, friend, or doula for continuous support.
• Avoid interventions that aren’t medically necessary.
• Avoid giving birth on your back and follow your body’s urges to push.
• Keep mother and baby together—it’s best for mother, baby, and breastfeeding.
Childbirth is one of the most significant events of any woman’s life—and for many, also a source of enormous anxiety and fear. In The Big Book of Birth renowned childbirth educator and Realbirth Center founder Erica Lyon offers an antidote to that fear with a comprehensive and up- to-date guide to childbirth. Drawing from more than a decade of teaching expecting parents what really to expect, Lyon fills the void that currently exists in childbirth literature, offering clear, current, objective advice on everything from choosing your doctor or midwife, to the realities of assisted and cesarean births, to the many different pain-coping options you can use during delivery and proven techniques that can help you relax and often speed along your labor.
The Big Book of Birth guides women through the four stages of labor, dispelling misconceptions and providing a wealth of objective information in a warm, welcoming, and well- organized format. A long-overdue resource, The Big Book of Birth gives expectant mothers the knowledge they need to approach childbirth with confidence and joy.