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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With an understanding of what our bodies can and are made to do, birth can not only be safe but beautiful. 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. I have read numerous pregnancy books that are based on natural birth or spiritual aspects to birthing, and this is one I highly recommend. The benefits of medical tests were skimmed over while the possible harm of these tests was thoroughly covered.

So while I appreciate Ina May's mind/body approach to childbirth, I think she's promoting a culture of mommy shaming. Due to complications, Pelly delivered our older son by emergency c-section four weeks early, without experiencing a single contraction. However when talking about hospitals, doctors, nurses or anything else remotely “medical” she is short, terse, detached, and extremely clinical in her descriptions and quick to downplay their benefits whilst highlighting their every possible, minute flaws. if you are an older mom to be as well as younger this is a good starting point on your journey to motherhood. 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.However, she failed to note that part of the problem was the large number of women who demand epidurals.

and reading the whole first section, with all these AMAZING stories of natural childbirth just made me feel like i was a complete and total failure and less than a real woman for never having gone that route. Again, this is something that people don't tend to speak about in daily conversation - so I am really grateful to Gaskin for opening up the world of childbirth to me with this book!Even if this book is "pro-midwife" or "anti-hospital," how many hundreds of books are out there that completely ignore the points that Ina May raises in this book? I read with particular interest her method for dealing with breech babies, which up until recently I had thought were something that required definite medical intervention. There are many women who refuse to give birth without an epidural and therefore, have no desire to have a midwife or intervention-free birth. The second day, I made up a drinking game -- drink every time there's a picture of a guy with a big 70s mustache. and for the record, this 6th birth of mine was the most beautiful, peaceful, and amazing experience i've had -- and he was born in a hospital, with an epidural that worked, using an AMAZING doctor.

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