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In The Birth Book: Everything You Need to Know to Have a Safe and Satisfying Birth, William and Martha Sears, authors of The Baby Book and creators of the concept of "attachment parenting," here turn their attention to the birth experience. In this helpful resource guide, the Searses cover the gamut of possibilities, and teach readers what they need to know to take control of their own birthings. The Birth Book is divided into three parts: "Preparing for Birth," "Easing Pain in Labor," and "Experiencing Birth." You'll find details about vaginal births; cesareans; VBACs; water births; home births; best birthing positions; drugs; pain; how to design your own birth plan; the humor, chemistry, and sexuality of birth; and pages and pages of birth stories.
This guide will do more for new parents than a pacifier will for a newborn. It is a comprehensive, soothing work which will ease the fears and anxieties that explode during a pregnancy, especially during the last trimester. The Searses ( The Baby Book )--he a pediatrician and professor at the University of Southern California's School of Medicine; she a childbirth and labor expert--are themselves the parents of eight children. They explain clearly and reassuringly the array of options available to pregnant couples, from what to consider when selecting a birthing team and environment and how technology can be a mixed blessing during pregnancy to having a VDAC (a vaginal delivery after having had a Caesarean birth). The book's philosophy is that delivering a baby is often an event that parents are more caught up with than the end-product--the baby. But the book offers more than philosophy. It gives men practical advice on how to survive the changes, both emotional and physical, that arrive with impending parenthood. There are quick-reference charts on the medical tests commonly ordered by physicians during pregnancy, contraction timing and the stages of labor. The final chapter is devoted to 14 birth stories which illustrate how labor and delivery are different for each woman. While no two experiences are alike, all illustrate the importance of making conscious choices about the birth of one's child.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A great read for soon-to-be parents who want to be well-informed about pregnancy and birth-including their choices regarding antepartum testing, birthing options, and labor... Read morePublished 13 months ago by amanda
Factual book with more more positive and realistic perspective than the common "expecting" book series. Read morePublished on Dec 8 2011 by Cristina Wallace
I personally enjoyed this book as I am hoping to have a natural birth. However, if you are not planning on a natural birth I would NOT recommend this book. Read morePublished on March 11 2010 by Kimberly Dozois
with the interventions. I preferred the "Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth" which highlighted many of the risks involved with each intervention. Read morePublished on July 15 2004 by Christine Chain
I am the type of person who enjoys information that shows both sides. I have grown up going to doctors and I trust them when it comes to medicine. Read morePublished on July 9 2004
If you are pregnant for the first time and don't know much about childbirth, READ THIS BOOK ... and don't be afraid to make changes to your birth plan (birth plan?!? Read morePublished on May 7 2004 by Michele
It is fine to discuss other methods but not to be totally down on all others!! Yes, other ways are effective also and the author does not know everything as indicated. Read morePublished on Feb. 27 2004
I feel that many of the comments are to tell you the author's ideas, I would like to see more ways to feel good about a birth. Please read other books too! Read morePublished on Feb. 27 2004