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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: 776 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #45,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A landmark event, which will change the course of obstetric care by giving parents the information 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

"The bible of cesarean prevention."-The Wall Street Journal

"Required reading for all childbirth professionals and prospective parents."-Journal of Gynecological Nursing

"Should be read by everyone contemplating having children; by everyone concerned with the welfare of humanity."-Ashley Montagu

?The bible of cesarean prevention.??The Wall Street Journal

?The bible of cesarean prevention.?-The Wall Street Journal

?The bible of cesarean prevention.?- The Wall Street Journal

?Required reading for all childbirth professionals and prospective parents.?-Journal of Gynecological Nursing

?Should be read by everyone contemplating having children; by everyone concerned with the welfare of humanity.?-Ashley Montagu

?A landmark event, which will change the course of obstetric care by giving parents the information 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

"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

About the Author

NANCY WAINER COHEN co-founded C/SEC, Inc., the first and now the largest cesarean organization in the country, in 1973 and is a consultant and advisor to the Cesarean Prevention Movement. She is a leading authority on VBAC and has counseled thousands of women on the subject since 1972. Her many articles have dealt with VBAC, cesarean prevention, and positive birthing. Her personal birthing history includes a cesarean delivery for her first child, a vaginal birth in the hospital for her second child, and a vaginal birth at home for her third.

LOIS J. ESTNER, formerly an English teacher, is a VBAC mother, La Leche League leader, and counselor on the topics of breastfeeding, childbirth, and cesarean prevention.

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This book debunked the use of obstetric equipment and the obstetric medical profession in general. The idea that doctors deliver babies was trashed. Doctors do not deliver babies. Women give birth and need highly qualified midwives as they have done for hundreds if not thousands of years. North America has the highest C-section rate globally. Docs get to arrange the births conveniently and get paid much much more for surgery. What is not talked about is the incredible side effects of this. Time for an updated version. Sorry to all those women who try to say that their surgery was the right path. We now know that babies need all those microbes passing though the birth canal for healthy guts.
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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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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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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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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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