YOUR BEST BIRTH

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Your Best Birth

Author : Ricki Lake
ISBN : 9780446552134
Genre : Health & Fitness
File Size : 32.58 MB
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The national C-section rate is at an all-time high of 31 percent. Are all these C-sections necessary, or are some of them done simply for the sake of convenience? 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. What you are about to discover is that you have a choice, and you have the power to plan the kind of birth that's right for you-whether it is at a birth center, a hospital, or at home. In YOUR BEST BIRTH, internationally known 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 our country's staggering C-section rate · Assembling your birth team and creating your birth plan. With chapters such as "Obstetricians: Finding Dr. Right," "Epidurals: You Haven't Got Time for the Pain," and "Electronic Monitors: Reading between the Lines," Lake and Epstein will encourage you to consider whatever your doctor, mother, and best friend may suggest in a new light. The book also includes inspiring birth stories, including those from well-known personalities, such as Laila Ali and Cindy Crawford. Packed with crucial advice from childbirth professionals, and delivered in a down-to-earth, engaging voice, YOUR BEST BIRTH is sure to renew your confidence and put the control back where it belongs: with parents-to-be! "Abby Epstein and Ricki Lake have taken a wonderful and constructive approach to ensuring an optimal birthing experience. Their language creates a 'climate of confidence' for pregnant women and their families, who must make key decisions about where, how and with whom to give birth in a health care system often unresponsive to our needs. This book is like a good friend giving wise counsel." --Judy Norsigian, co-editor of Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth and Executive Director, Our Bodies Ourselves
Category: Health & Fitness

Your Best Birth

Author : Ricki Lake
ISBN : 1599955156
Genre : HEALTH & FITNESS
File Size : 71.24 MB
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Packed with crucial advice from childbirth professionals, and delivered in a down-to-earth, engaging voice, "Your Best Birth" inspires women to take back the birth experience with confidence.
Category: HEALTH & FITNESS

Orgasmic Birth

Author : Elizabeth Davis
ISBN : 9781605290973
Genre : Health & Fitness
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Based on the hit documentary that inspired a vibrant online community, this innovative approach to birthing shows women how to maximize childbirth's emotional and physical rewards. With more than 4 million babies born in the United States each year, too many women experience birth as nothing more than a routine or painful event. In her much-praised film Orgasmic Birth, acclaimed filmmaker Debra Pascali-Bonaro showed that in fact childbirth is a natural process to be enjoyed and cherished. Now she joins forces with renowned author and activist Elizabeth Davis to offer an enlightening program to help women attain the most empowering and satisfying birth experience possible. While an orgasmic birth can, for some, induce feelings of intense, ecstatic pleasure, it is ultimately about taking control of one's own body and making the most informed decisions to have a safe, memorable, and joyful birth day. Whether women choose to give birth at home, in a hospital, or in a birthing center, Orgasmic Birth provides all the necessary tools and guidance to design the birth plan that's best for them. Featuring inspiring stories from mothers and their partners and filled with practical advice and solutions, this one-of-a-kind resource is the next frontier of natural, intimate childbirth.
Category: Health & Fitness

Natural Hospital Birth

Author : Cynthia Gabriel
ISBN : 9781558327184
Genre : Health & Fitness
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A complete and reassuring guide to natural childbirth in a hospital setting.
Category: Health & Fitness

Gentle Birth Choices

Author : Barbara Harper
ISBN : 9781594778636
Genre : Family & Relationships
File Size : 73.31 MB
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Birth as every woman would like it to be • Recommended by Lamaze International as one of the top ten books for pregnant women and their families • Includes a 45-minute DVD of six live gentle births • More than 32,000 copies sold of the original edition New parents are faced with a myriad of choices about pregnancy, labor, and birth. In Gentle Birth Choices Barbara Harper, renowned childbirth advocate, nurse, former midwife, and mother of three, helps to clarify these choices and shows how to plan a meaningful, family-centered birth experience. She dispels medical myths and reimagines birth without fear, pain, or violence. Harper explains the numerous gentle birth choices available, including giving birth in an independent birth center, at home, or in a hospital birthing room; finding a primary caregiver who shares your philosophy of birth; and deciding how to best use current technologies. She also provides practical advice for couples wishing to explore the option of using a doula or water during labor and birth to avoid the unwanted effects of drugs and epidurals. The Gentle Birth Choices DVD blends interviews with midwives and physicians and six actual births that illustrate the options of water birth, home birth, and vaginal birth after a prior Cesarean section. The DVD clearly reveals the strength of women during childbirth and the healthy and happy outcome of women exercising gentle birth choices. It is a powerful instructional tool, not only for expectant parents, but also for midwives, hospitals, birth centers, and doctors.
Category: Family & Relationships

The Birth That S Right For You

Author : Amen Ness
ISBN : 0071459634
Genre : Family & Relationships
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Unique in supporting all birthing methods, from at home births, to aquatic biths. An obstetrician and doula combine their experience.
Category: Family & Relationships

Natural Childbirth Exercises For The Best Birth Ever

Author : Rhondda Evans Hartman
ISBN : 1885331479
Genre : Health & Fitness
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Do You Want to Have the Best Birth Ever? It's a question that every mother-to-be must answer...whether she is a first time mother or has had previous births. Within Natural Childbirth Exercises, you will learn how to prepare yourself physically, mentally and emotionally for the big event of birth. Author Rhondda Hartman is your guide and coach, an expert on Natural Childbirth exercises who has personally instructed over 14,000 mothers in having a natural and joyful birth. In this book you will learn: How it feels to be pregnant; How to use specific exercises to prepare your body for pregnancy and birth; How to become an expert in childbirth and pregnancy; How to accept the help of your own best ever coach; How to work with your body during birth; How to find the best support team and specialists; How to choose the best health care provider; How to have the best birth ever. Natural Childbirth Exercises is an informal and chatty discussion of how to give birth as nature intended and how to be comfortable during the pregnancy. It strongly recommends the need for the Bradley Method Classes and endorses the instruction that is given by the Teachers of the Bradley Method. This book will give the reader encouragement to believe that a Natural Birth is necessary and possible.
Category: Health & Fitness

Gentle Birth Gentle Mothering

Author : Sarah Buckley
ISBN : 9780307832030
Genre : Health & Fitness
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An authoritative guide to natural childbirth and postpartum parenting options from an MD who home-birthed her own four children. Sarah Buckley might be called a third-wave natural birth advocate. A doctor and a mother, she approaches the question of how a woman and baby might have the most fulfilling birth experience with respect for the wisdom of both medical science and the human body. Using current medical and epidemiological research plus women's experiences (including her own), she demonstrates that what she calls "undisturbed birth" is almost always healthier and safer than high-technology approaches to birth. Her wise counsel on issues like breastfeeding and sleeping during postpartum helps extend the gentle birth experience into a gentle parenting relationship.
Category: Health & Fitness

Natural Childbirth The Bradley Way

Author : Susan McCutcheon
ISBN : 9780525537991
Genre : Health & Fitness
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The classic guide to an unmedicated childbirth, fully revised for the twenty-first century--with updated information and attractive new illustrations and photos throughout. For women birthing vaginally, 90% of Bradley births are drug-free! The Bradley Method�, used and praised by women for almost seventy years, prepares you for drug and surgery-free childbirth and puts you in control by providing the tools to navigate evidence-based care. Certified childbirth educator Susan McCutcheon, one of Dr. Bradley's first students, now makes this natural approach to childbirth more accessible than ever. You will learn: * Exercises and nutrition to get your body ready for birthing * To defuse fear by understanding all aspects of laboring * How to involve your partner as a birth coach and a fully engaged participant * What's driving the induction epidemic and how to avoid an unnecessary induction * What's driving the cesarean surgery epidemic and how to reduce your risk * How to get the information you need to make informed decisions about your birth "The Bradley Method's simple objective, through relaxation, breathing, and visualization, is a birth free of the interventions frequently offered to women in the different stages of childbirth: fetal monitors, drug-induced labor, anesthesia, episiotomy, and Caesarean section. (Its) other defining feature, the husband's active participation in the delivery, is critical to this overall goal of an intervention-free birth."--Mothering
Category: Health & Fitness

The Doula S Guide To Empowering Your Birth

Author : Lindsey Bliss
ISBN : 9781558328952
Genre : Family & Relationships
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Experienced doula, Linsey Bliss, shows you how to prepare physically and mentally for every element of having a child, from pregnancy to fourth trimester in The Doula's Guide to Empowering Your Birth. Lindsey Bliss, who has assisted as a doula at hundreds of births and is herself a mother of seven, reveals here all the wisdom and advice that doulas share with the new mothers who hire them. The Doula's Guide to Empowering Your Birth covers the period from pregnancy through labor and birth to fourth trimester healing. The focus, however, is on preparing for birth--including topics like how to pick the right childbirth class and the right birthing method. You’ll also see how to assemble the team of professionals, family members, and friends who will support you through labor and birth, and how to approach last-minute decisions about pain medications and cesarean sections. Bliss's tone throughout is at once authoritative and confident as well as warm and encouraging. Her concern in her practice as well as in these pages is to listen to and help secure each new mom's own personal vision of a birthing experience that is safe, fulfilling, and meaningful.
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