Gentle Birth Choices Paperback – Aug 9 2005
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Nurse, midwife, and founder of the Global Maternal/Child Health Association (GMCHA), Harper offers her addition to the growing number of alternative childbirth books (e.g., Catherine M. Pool & Elizabeth A. Parr, Choosing a Nurse-Midwife, LJ 5/1/94). Considering GMCHA's focus on water birth, it is not surprising that the major strength of Gentle Birth Choices is its thorough coverage of this birthing technique as an option. Unlike many other alternative birth guides, Harper's book is well documented, citing many well-recognized medical journals. A special plus is one of the appendixes, "Procedures and Protocols for Hydrotherapy for Labor and Birth," and the book also contains a large section of resources. Much of the information not specific to water birth can be found in other works. A nice addition to larger women's health collections but otherwise optional.
KellyJo Houtz Griffin, Harrison Memorial Hosp., Bremerton, Wash.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Believe it or not, birth resulting from a normal pregnancy needn't take place in a hospital. Harper explains why birthing centers and home births, along with other "gentle birth choices," are beneficial to both mother and baby. With a foreword by Robbie Davis Floyd, who wrote Birth as an American Rite of Passage (1992), Gentle Birth Choices also features a history of how childbirth came to be so technological and blasts myths such as why fetal monitors save babies (they don't, very often). Harper also discusses giving birth in water and explores the connection of mind and body during labor and birth. She stresses the importance of midwives for a more natural and satisfying experience. Well illustrated with photos by acclaimed birth photographer Suzanne Arms and containing a first-rate resource section, Gentle Birth Choices provides an excellent alternative to mainstream birth books. Jo Peer-Haas --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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I highly recommend this book!
Given that, I would still say that the basic points of her information are worth considering. A natural birth is natural. In the normal situation of birth, the body is able to handle the huge amounts of stress that it experiences. And a woman's mind CAN be capable of cooperating with the body. The author also gives anecdotal evidence that the mind is also capable of working against the body. Basically, a natural birth is a whole experience and all components of the woman must work together to get the most out of such a tremendous experience. Her body, mind, emotions, and social support system must work in agreement and any conflict may cause problems or delays.
I read this book earlier this year after resolving to start a family. I read it a full 9 months before I actually became pregnant. At first, I was very convinced that natural birth is the only way. But after 9 months of contemplation, I now believe natural birth is the best way, but not the only way. Perfectly normal and happy families are created through less natural processes. And I still have another 8 months to dwell on my own choice for the birth of my first child.Read more ›
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I did not find that this book gave me very many facts about labour and birth. This book more just told me Barbara Harper's opinion about how a person should birth. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Zoe
Helps boost confidence and prepare you with your own decisions. I really loved this book!Published 16 months ago by megan
I'm a birth doula, and I encourage all my clients to read this! This is an empowering book for people looking to birth at home or in the birth centre. Read morePublished on Dec 18 2013 by Heather Carl
Awsome service quick and timely.bthank you fo clearly stating the use of text book/ book I got exactly what you described. Read morePublished on April 17 2013 by Connie Wakaluk
This book is definitely outdated, if you are to buy one book-don't buy this one.Published on May 8 2004
If you don't like the "normal" childbirth paradigm, then this book offers a good review of some other options. Read morePublished on July 6 2003
I wanted to give this book one star for my immediate reactions to it. I opened to the page where she discusses how harmful the narcotics given during childbirth for pain can be to... Read morePublished on April 21 2003
A bit dated in regards to what hospitals offer, but that may be because we live in a progressive major metro area with lots of different cultures so the hospitals around us tend to... Read morePublished on Dec 24 2002 by M R
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