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The Best Birth: Your Guide to the Safest, Healthiest, Most Satisfying Labor and Delivery

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Move over Lamaze and Bradley! Already taking the west coast by storm, the McMoyler Method offers a modern, medically savvy approach to labor and delivery that addresses the hopes and fears of todays about helping moms cope, involving partners every step of the way, and working with doctors and nurses for the best birth-no matter how it happens.
Paperback, 272 pages
Published April 22nd 2008 by Da Capo Press (first published April 21st 2008)
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Jan 25, 2015 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
I wanted a book that would help my husband and I know what to expect with a typical 21st century American hospital birth. This was it! Most labor and delivery books were aimed at moms wanting an unmedicated birth, which simply wasn't me. The premise of this book is that the labor and delivery team is there to ensure that mom and baby are healthy, and whatever path it takes to achieve that outcome is 100% okay. This was exactly the discussion my OB and I had, so I appreciated finding a book that ...more
I absolutely loved this book! It was perfect for someone like me that gets anxious a lot. The book authors prefer people to have natural childbirths, but they understand that many times, you don't get the birth exactly the way that you want. That being said, it educates you on many many different things, from completely natural birth, to partially medicated, to C-section, giving you full knowledge of what you can expect from your body during each of these times, and even talks about what happens ...more
Oct 18, 2010 Leanna rated it liked it
The title of this book caught my attention since most expectant mothers, like me, must decide whether or not to have a “natural” childbirth or one using “medical pain-management options.” However, the introduction to the book might scare off many readers as it promotes the “McMoyler Method, the childbirth method for the twenty-first century.” Who is McMoyler of the McMoyler Method? Sarah McMoyler, the author and a labor and delivery nurse.

Ultimately, the book is less about promoting a certain me
Jun 16, 2009 Maggie rated it it was amazing
This was an excellent book! The author of this book (a labor and delivery nurse of many years) is so practical and moderate. Her whole premise is to have a healthy baby and a healthy mom, no matter how you have to get there. In other words you shouldn't feel disappointed or guilty if your birth doesn't go exactly according to your birth plan. In fact, she doesn't even think you should write down your birth plan (it causes you to get too attached to it). She is very pro-medical team and does her ...more
Nov 16, 2011 Lena rated it really liked it
Of the various books on pregnancy and childbirth that I read, I found this one to be the best source of information about the actual birthing process. Despite what the title sounds like, I did not find it to be as pushy and dogmatic as some of the books promoting natural childbirth. I skimmed over some of the more dogmatic-sounding "method" stuff, but the book was fairly densely packed with actual information that I found useful. Also, my husband successfully got through it without being too put ...more
Jennifer Hendrickson
Feb 23, 2011 Jennifer Hendrickson rated it it was ok
This book includes a lot of great educational information and I appreciated the special "Dad Boxes" geared to explaining things to the "Dad To Be". I however had a very hard time swallowing the Doula bashing parts. As a mother who used a doula for my son's birth, I found the author to be very wrong about how helpful and supportive a doula can be. I think this author heard one too many doula horror stories and never bothered to mention all of the great doula stories. Because of my wonderful exper ...more
Nov 13, 2009 Chelsea rated it it was amazing
I'm thinking with #2 that I'll try and go natural...that being said, I love this book's approach to childbirth. It basically what you want to do for childbirth, whether it's medication free, epidural or long as you end up with a healthy baby and a healthy mom, it was a successful birth. But if you want to try medication free, here's tons of coping strategies. We'll see when it gets closer to delivery time, but even though I LOVED my epidural with Isabel...I always felt d ...more
Jan 10, 2009 Eileen rated it liked it
I am expecting a baby in March. I liked this book's approach to childbirth, that it is best without meds but if you need them, they are there. It gave me some good tips on what to expect/how to survive the birth experience. I also really like that it describes all that happens at the hospital. I don't plan on taking birthing classes and I don't really have a birth "plan". I am just going to see how it goes and roll with it. Expect the unexpected, as the book says. Birth is just not something you ...more
Jan 26, 2013 Lindsay rated it it was amazing
At 30 weeks pregnant, I tore through this book. Before getting pregnant, I had noble ideas about a natural birth and have changed my tune over time to one that echos McMoyler's "Healthy Baby, Healthy Mom" mentality. If you're committed to a birth plan, committed to a no-intervention birth or having a birth at a birth center, this book isn't for you. If you would like to give a natural labor your best effort and are open from there, this book gives the most sensible run-down of scenarios I've rea ...more
Oct 24, 2012 Leslie rated it really liked it
I am working as a doula now and found the general information in this book very helpful. I recommend it as a read for the mothers I am working with. Of course I do no like the way it dismisses the need for a doula. I feel a doula can be very important to the support of the mother while she also benefits from the expertise of the medical professionals she chooses to have help her. This book gave me a good nurses perspective.
David Gallin-Parisi
Jan 16, 2013 David Gallin-Parisi rated it it was amazing
Non-judgy, easy to read explanations, and open to many ways of birthing. I can safely say, "The McMoyler Method worked for me. For sure. And my family too!" Do I even need to say who this is recommended for? Actually future dads and any non-pregnant partners will benefit from reading this too, with great chapters and dad boxes telling what partners can actually do to help.
Mar 14, 2009 Kate rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: any expecting parents who think that they're not hearing the whole story.
I attended Sarah's class. There is A LOT of information offered and it's really sensible (i.e. don't lock yourself into anything - you won't know how things will proceed). Also, I appreciate that she discusses all scenarios in a non-judgmental way. At the end of the day, if you and your baby go home healthy- what difference does it make how you got there!
Dasha Cassity
Feb 13, 2012 Dasha Cassity rated it liked it
I thought this book gave a very helpful overview of giving birth in a hospital, but at times I think the author went a little too far in her "flexibility" approach, making it seem like a woman's priority should be making life easy for the nurses and doctors during delivery.
May 21, 2009 Alissa rated it it was ok
Shelves: pregnancy
Not the most helpful book. This book seemed more like opinion than fact, but I think that is how most of the pregnancy books are. I like the textbook type facts that aren't smoothed over to help you not feel scared. I want to know exactly what you can expect to have happen.
Feb 14, 2012 Jen rated it liked it
It's good to have the perspective of a nurse. I couldn't get behind everything she suggests (the dad should be the doula for one) but I liked being reminded that in most cases the hospital staff will support your voices without a fight.
Jun 30, 2010 Julianne rated it liked it
I appreciated her philosophy and got some really good ideas, but she seems a bit too dismissive of doulas and midwives for me. A bit patronizing of some of my ideals, but generally a beneficial read.
Apr 04, 2013 Caroline rated it really liked it
Lots of info about pregnancy and birth in general although I wouldn't necessarily listen to their advice about not getting an epidural.
May 24, 2011 Summer rated it really liked it
I found this book incredibly helpful while pregnant with my first child. It answered many questions about the birthing experience.
May 05, 2009 Kim rated it liked it
This book made me very open to whatever may happen during labor. I feel that it really prepared me well for whatever my come.
Diana Girtain
Aug 26, 2013 Diana Girtain rated it it was amazing
I liked the fact that it included ways for the future dad/partner to be involved with the labor.
Feb 09, 2013 Branwynne rated it really liked it
I felt reassured and enlightened reading this guide through labor and birth.
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