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Preview — Our Bodies, Ourselves by Boston Women's Health Book Collective
Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth
Pregnancy and birth are as ordinary and extraordinary as breathing, thinking, or loving. But as soon as you announce you're expecting, you may be bombarded with advice from every angle -- well-meaning friends, rel...more
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I appreciate the balance the authors of this book struck between being clear as to which choices they considered best but still discussing multiple options and the situations under which those alternatives might be best. One example prevalent throughout the book is th ...more
I was again surprised and excited to find this one at our little local library (it was just published a few months ago) ...After hearing a great interview with one of the editors on the radio, i was really looking forward to a new go-to pregancy recource text, but boohoo, this was not what i was hoping for.
Yes, it provides a sensitive, thoughtful, open minded perspective on pregnancy with a pleasant bias toward midwifery - but practically speaking, it doesn't provide new or espe ...more
I really, really liked this book. It gives a very good overview of the issues involved in pregnancy and childbirth, without getting too bogged down -- I think it's a really great one to read when you're first pregnant or considering pregnancy, to give you an idea of what areas require more research. I LOVE the inclusive language, and that a lot of different family situations are repres ...more
It discusses pain relief using nitrous oxide-- common in the UK but extremely rare here in the US; use of doulas and other birth assistants; and the social and political context for supporting mothers and families (e.g., mentions that the US is on ...more
reading up/doing research. I'll let you know when there's something to announce! :)*
now, to the actual review: an informative book with a great look at the nitty gritty of pregnancy, with a focus on natural options. sometimes it's a little *too* focused on natural options -- or rather, gives the short shrift to medical options. (i.e. obgyn vs. midwife, hospital vs. birthing center) I am all for as natural as possible, but would love to still know what medica ...more
But...there are some aspects that I was a little disappointed with. The section on prenatal vitamins and minerals was poor in my opinion. There are other recommendations that I feel they ...more
Good for first time moms who have no clue what's going on (that would be me) because it's informative without being judgmental. And it leads you to more questions with your health care provider and/or partner about wha ...more
They focus on birth as a natural process, encourage doulas, and limited medical intervention. They do all this without pressuring and judgement.
Still, the book has a bias towards midwifery, medication-free births, etc., and tries to discourage otherwise.