This book was loaned to me by my
doula while I was at the end of my first pregnancy. I can honestly say without having read this excellent book my labour and delivery would have been a vastly different experience than it was. Ina May Gaskin's philosophy is one that should be read by all pregnant women who are open to things other than the hospital experience. I had an excellent midwife, but I wanted to deliver in the hospital, just in case, so to speak, which was fine by her. My labour came on early and so quickly (under an hour from start to finish) that we weren't able to make it to the hospital and had an "emergency home delivery". Without having read this book I would have been freaking out, but my labour and delivery at home was the most amazing and intensely calm experience of my life. Thank you Ina May and thanks to my own midwife and doula for suggesting this book.