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!
Gentle Birth Choices is riveting, yet powerful. Barbara Harper guides the reader through a history of birth and birthing procedures, dispels the myths perpetuated by the medical establishment and presents alternatives to hospital birth. However, for those who are unable to birth outside of a hospital, Ms. Harper provides guidance so that the reader may obtain the best, "gentle" birth possible. The book benefits expectant parents in that it presents them with options, some of which they may have not previously considered. Moreover, childbirth educators will not only find the book informative for teaching purposes, but also useful for influencing the medical establishment in a tactful manner.
Like the book, the video is an asset for both expectant parents and educators. Whether you have never seen a birth before or have witnessed thousands, the births contained in the video tape are absolutely beautiful and refreshing, relaxing yet empowering. After watching the video you will want to share it with everyone you know!
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend both book and video! In fact, I've already gone one further -- I purchased it for my cousin who is expecting in April.
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This book was one of the first books on alternative birth options I came across. Barbara Harper has a good point of view.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Beautiful book that will help you prepare for the most wonderful event of your life!! Gives a positive view of birth and how you can create a calm and relaxed atmosphere. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Laura
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 15 months ago by Zoe
Helps boost confidence and prepare you with your own decisions. I really loved this book!Published on Sept. 25 2014 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
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