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Silent Knife: Cesarean Prevention and Vaginal Birth after Cesarean (VBAC) Paperback – Mar 30 1983


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  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger (March 30 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0897890272
  • ISBN-13: 978-0897890274
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 726 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #394,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "therese_porter" on Feb. 10 2001
Format: Paperback
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 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Oct. 20 2000
Format: Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Jan. 23 1998
Format: Paperback
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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Nov. 16 2001
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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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By cmae on Oct. 28 2012
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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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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mindy Goorchenko on Aug. 14 2003
Format: Paperback
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! Also, I felt like I "knew it all" when it came to the subject of how hospital interventions lead to unnecessary cesareans. I have taught childbirth education in the past and have had two unmedicated, vaginal births in a hospital environment. Now, I am so grateful I did read it. I tried to read it fairly quickly because I was so eager for the information; yet at the same time, each page offers such a wealth of insight--it requires time and patience. The book offers so many gifts.
I had many myths blown open. First of all, the words "uterine rupture" did indeed once summon visions of a belly literally exploding during labor, causing instant death to the woman and fetus. Now I know that that never happens. I also hadn't thought much about the pain women--at least some women--experience upon having an unnecessary cesarean section. My mother had had one and never referred to anything but gratitude that her obstetrician had saved her life and mine. Also, the one cesarean I was involved with--my one client as a doula who had one--was more disturbing to me and the father of the baby than the mother herself. We all knew it had been unnecessary, but for whatever reason, at least at the time, the mother felt very secure with the experience and did for the first few weeks postpartum.
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