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Silent Knife: Cesarean Prevention and Vaginal Birth after Cesarean (VBAC) [Paperback]

Lois J Estner , Nancy Wainer Cohen
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March 30 1983 0897890272 978-0897890274

The bible of cesarean prevention. Wall Street Journal A landmark event, which will change the course of obstetric care by giving parents the informtion they need to make the decisions that are best for their own families. Comprehensive, highly readable, sensitive . . . should be read by everyone who cares about someone. Marian Tompson Director, Alternative Birth Crisis Coalition American Academy of Medicine Required reading for all childbirth professionals and prospective parents. Journal of Gynecological Nursing

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"Clearly the most important book on childbirth available today, Silent Knife should be read by everyone connected with childbirth, consumers and professionals. No other book on the market today offers the complete help to cesarean prevention, including VBAC information and support. . . . One of those few books that has the power to change a person's life."-Justine Clegg, Council for Cesarean Awareness

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The bible of cesarean prevention. Wall Street Journal Required reading for all childbirth professionals and prospective parents. Journal of Gynecological Nursing

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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read Oct. 28 2012
By cmae
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
If you are pregnant, or have recently had an unexpected cesarean, this book offers some powerful healing. The letters at the end of the book written by women who had undergone c-sections were especially moving.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Very militant and extreme book Nov. 16 2001
By A Customer
First and foremost I read this book because it was a requirement of a class I'm taking for lactation counselor. Secondly I read it because I had a cesarean section with a very large baby.
The authors views I find too extreme. The medical community is not the devil. Obstetricians are not meddelsome persons in the affairs of women. What, should we now be denying our babies prenatal care?
Not all women who experienced a cesarean section are unhappy, depressed, distraught, and robbed of a birth experience. My child was not ripped from my body as I was tied down and kept from me until I left the hospital. I was exceeding happy with our birth experience. I breastfed on the table while I was being stitched up. My recovery was quick and uncomplicated. The baby and I roomed in together for 4 days until discharge.
One thing I will agree with the authors is that the phrase "once a cesarean, always a cesarean" should be stricken from all doctor's vocabularies. I would go VBAC with a second pregnancy but not because of this book.
An informed consumer is a good consumer. I feel that this book is unfairly portraying the entire medical community as something evil to avoid at all costs and that if you're not utterly devastated by your c-sect delivery that you're abnormal. I would not look forward to full reconstruction after a long labor & 4th degree ripping too lightly ladies. My stepmom conplains 25 years later that she still is in pain from her "natural birth" experience.
I found this book offensive and would recommend instead
"A Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth".
Kim (mom to 11.5 lb baby girl c-sect on her due date)
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1.0 out of 5 stars I almost passed on a VBAC because of this book... Feb. 10 2001
I was THAT disgusted with the authors' preachy, way-out-there attitudes. Their highly selective misuse of statistics turned me off comletely, and their assumption that A) the ONLY choices are a totally unmedicated, "natural" vaginal birth (and preferably, a homebirth) - or a Caesarean, B) ALL women have unresolved feelings of guilt, grief or failure about their pevious C-section(s), and C) You, the reader, most likely didn't REALLY need that C-section at all, because baby monitors lie, and cephalopelvic disproprtion doesn't really exist, and if you were a REAL woman, you'd have stuck it out for yet another 24 hours of agonzing labor instead of accepting your OB's diagnosis of failure to progress ... well, all I could think after reading the book is that if you had to buy into all that wierd, new-agey crap to have a VBAC, a repeat C-section was probably not that bad.
Thank goodness an Internet friend steered me to "Vaginal Birth After Cesarean : The Smart Woman's Guide to VBAC" by Elizabeth Kaufman. Kaufman presented BOTH sides, and was far more helpful in helping me make a truly informed decision. I had a wonderful, medicated, hospital VBAC - and mother and baby are phyically and psychologically intact, despite Cohen and Estner's dire predictions of "failure".
My advice? Skip this fanatic, all-or-nothing book and get REAL information - from the book mentioned above, and from your OB/midwife/local hospital.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Great Expectations -- Very Disappointing Oct. 20 2000
By A Customer
This book has been sited in many of the other books I have read about VBACs and Cesarean Section. So I was very disappointed when I actually sat down to read this book. It had statistics and facts that were grossly exaggerated and blatently untrue, it was very opinionated, one-sided, demeaning, anti-physician, and unnecessarily emphasizing other authors' quotes. Many of the facts are untrue and out of date as I have not seen one statistic in the entire book that wasn't from the 1970's. As a first-time mom who had an unnecessary c-section because of "fetal distress" this book made me feel worthless and like I had been both the victim and the assailant. The victim because this book portrays doctors as being greedy and out to pad their pockets by doing c-sections and blood thirsty "Jack the Ripper" want to be's and I was his prey. The assailant because I "let" such a horrible thing happen to myself and I should have done more to prevent the tearing of my fetus from my womb. This was a HORRID HORRID book and you are better off giving your money away than having to buy and read this long winded editorial written by people who obviously have some personal things to work through with their birth experiences.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not one I'd recommend as a factual unbiased guide Jan. 23 1998
By A Customer
I am facing this choice and was looking for some good factual information that would help me make that decision and be comfortable with it. This book comes across like some earth-mother, new age diatribe. I kept looking for the useful information and never found it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book might save your (or your baby's) life! Jan. 2 2003
In my ever-so humble opinion, this is the best book available on the safety of Cesarean surgery (C/s) versus Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC). It's absolutely chock-full of statistics, painful and victorious anecdotes, witty analogies and wise suggestions for having a better birth through VBAC. It is my bible as I plan a Home Birth After Cesarean (HBAC) with a Direct-Entry Midwife (DEM). It's nearly impossible to find a good book about VBAC that does not employ scare tactics, worship obstetrics or at the very least denounce HBAC as an unsafe option for most women (Believe me, I know- I've read them all!) This book has been extremely useful in helping me to fully explore & express my anger & sadness over my iatrogenic (physician-caused) C/s. It can be a difficult read for C/s survivors, especially those of us who may feel that our surgeries were unnecessary or could have been prevented, but it is well worth the emotional upheaval to get through this book and come out on the other side better informed about the reality of C/s than most OBs. I highly recommend this book to anyone involved in birthing- but especially to pregnant women hoping to avoid a C/s & those who are considering an elective C/s or elective repeat C/s.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vital For Women and Men
I had been avoiding this book for years, having seen it at the library numerous times and feeling superstitious that reading it would cause me to have a cesarean section! Read more
Published on Aug. 14 2003 by Mindy Goorchenko
5.0 out of 5 stars A Necessity for Birthing Women and the People Who Love Them
I can see why this book has become the VBAC bible. The authors are brimming with passion and information. Yes, they are angry... and they have every right to be! Read more
Published on May 16 2003 by "kate_the_faere"
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be a Must Read for pregnancy
I got a hold of this book on ebay after a recommendation from other C-section mothers. They were disappointed by their C-section and wanted all the knowledge they could find to... Read more
Published on Oct. 24 2001 by Nicole Lachner
5.0 out of 5 stars don't be afraid to read this book
In reading the other reviews for this book, it is obvious that the content of Silent Knife can be polarizing. Read more
Published on March 30 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read For EVERY Pregnant Woman - Not For VBAC's Only
Silent Knife has so much to offer every pregnant woman not only those wanting VBAC. It contains a lot of information that is useful to every pregnant woman especially first time... Read more
Published on Feb. 29 2000 by Maria Lynch
5.0 out of 5 stars Groundbreaking revelation of c-sec facts vs. mother wisdom
This book was an incredible wake-up call lambasting the common yet unrecognized brutality in modern obstetrics and bringing to light the knowledge which lies within every woman... Read more
Published on Oct. 3 1999 by guynamber@cdepot.net
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for First Time Mothers and Cesarean Mothers.
This book is about healing wounds and preventing new ones. If you love your baby and you trust your judgement, please read this book. Read more
Published on Nov. 18 1998 by QVRFULL@aol.com Gwendolyn K. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars hard to read but oh so important
While one would hope that much has changed since the publication of this book, statistics show that voer 20 of American women give birth by cesearean section. Read more
Published on Sept. 6 1998
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