Your Best Birth

Your Best Birth

Know All your Options, Discover the Natural Choices, and Take Back the Birth Experience

Book - 2009
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The national C-section rate is at an all-time high. Are all these C-sections necessary? 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. This book shows that you have a choice, and you have the power to plan the kind of birth that's right for you--whether at a birth center, a hospital, or at home. 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 the staggering C-section rate; assembling your birth team and creating your birth plan. Also includes inspiring birth stories, including well-known personalities, such as Laila Ali and Cindy Crawford.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Wellness Central, 2009.
ISBN: 9780446538138
Characteristics: xxxii, 238 p. ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Epstein, Abby


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Dec 27, 2015

I am having a home birth within in a month. I found this book very helpful and encouraging in understanding my body's natural process and I am very excited and feel ready to go. This book was very insightful on where childbirth has been through the ages and where it is going. I also checked out the documentary on Netflix and it was also educational.

Trellia Nov 21, 2012

I didn't find this book "anti-hospital" as poatlee states. Instead, I found this book to be truthful about what it is really like to give birth in a hospital. Having birthed 2 children in hospitals on each coast of Canada I can attest to what happens and how for the most part the focus is not on the birthing mother but on the baby about to be born.....almost as if the birthing mother is not even in the room. Although this book provides only US based stats, the mark isn't very far for Canada. I highly suggest every pregnant woman, in fact every woman, read this book. Educating yourself is key in having the best birth for you and this book will help you achieve that.

poatlee Dec 04, 2011

I thought this book was too anti-hospital births. Though it tries to give a sense of bein unbiased, its not. So if you are the hospital birthing type (like I am!) would recommend that you not read this book, because it potrays a very negative images of hospitals and doctors.

Jun 25, 2010

Very real and balanced. Not fanatical on either extreme.

Sep 02, 2009

A valuable resource, especially for first-time parents. However, for after first-time parents who had a hospital birth, it may be a valuable read, also. I recommend reading this book to anyone who is about to become are already is pregnant.

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