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Obstetric Myths Versus Research Realities: A Guide to the Medical Literature
by Henci Goer
Anyone working to improve the childbearing experience and help women avoid unnecessary intervention has encountered numerous obstetric myths or old doctors' tales. And while the evidence in the medical literature may be solidly, often unequivocably, against whatever the doctor said, without access to that evidence, the pregnant woman is quite reasonably going to follow her ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published February 28th 1995 by Praeger Publishers
(first published 1995)
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Jun 20, 2008 Travis rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: parents to be
Recommended to Travis by: a midwife
This book is amazingly well reseached and anyone who is concerned with how the medical system 'manages' birth or is thinking about birth in a hospial with some concern should read it. It's expensive, but worth every penny.
I wanted a home birth, my husband thought it'd safer in a hospital -- until we read this. It's a clear, readable presentation of the gap between what research shows is best for mother and baby and the typical medical treatment of labor and birth. (We decided on a birth center).