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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Overall I took one star away for the amount of birth stories (127 pages worth) and the fact that they were very old. A little like "I have found truth and if this doesn't work for you, it's probably because you're repressed and have been brainwashed by patriarchy and big pharma. This book is very anti-hospital, and even though it claims that fear causes pain, it actually instills fear of the medical system. 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). This very lengthy review might suggest that I didn't like this book or that I majorly disagreed with the author.

I think this book is well worth reading whether or not you plan to have children and whether you plan to have a hospital birth or a home birth. And when it comes to giving birth, I don't know if you can know what to truly expect until you are in the situation. I worried about giving birth - about how long it would take and how much it would hurt and whether or not I would grunt - but I never worried about dying. that they lie about their experiences because mommy shaming makes them feel like they've failed somehow. I think this book really does aim to give women information and strategies for a positive natural childbirth experience, and it is an unintended consequence (perhaps not even stemming from the book itself, but from other media sources and the natural childbirth movement at large) that women like me end up feeling like our non-natural birth experiences are tainted or less-than, or that we have failed as women and mothers, because we needed a little extra help.In fact this book contributed greatly to my own embarking on pregnancy with such confidence in my body and mind.

The international hospital that I will be giving birth at does routine Rhogam injections at 28 weeks.If the natural childbirth books hadn't made me so insanely fearful of what labor in the hospital would be like, I would've gone in earlier and probably wound up taking drugs, which I really didn't want to do. I've yet to find a really wonderful pregnancy, childbirth or parenting book that is objective and firmly in the middle ground. Plus it is so interesting to me just to read about birth and pregnancy because it resonates with so much else of life. I was hoping for more practical advice from this book for remaining calm and focused during labor, but apart from maybe two breathing techniques, I found her advice to be very self-centered. Still, I would recommend reading Henci Goer's book in conjunction with this for a slightly more even-handed, useful approach to the topic.

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth takes the fear out of childbirth by restoring women’s faith in their own natural power to give birth with more ease, less pain, and less medical intervention. Plus, she used the terms "Much more likely" or "much less likely" a lot, instead of giving the actual statistics as Goer's book did. 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. s. I also would have been interested to learn what percentage of high-risk pregnancies the hospitals have/had and if these were included in the statistics she used to compare to "The Farm".

In the end (I had my baby two days ago), I think this hysteria about hospitals did ultimately help me. Although Ina May may seem hippie dippie to some (she does include some out there ideas), her relationship to OBs in Tennessee, her birth stats from the thousands of births she’s attended, and her balance between respecting ancient wisdom/intuitive, physiologic birthing and scientific data all make her a wonderful person to learn about the beautiful process of birth from.

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