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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
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 4 months ago by Zoe
Helps boost confidence and prepare you with your own decisions. I really loved this book!Published 14 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 23 months ago 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