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Active Birth  by Janet Balaskas
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Oct 26, 10

bookshelves: childbirth, health, pregnancy, yoga
Read in October, 2010

The pregnancy information is limited to yoga exercises to prep for labor. The meaty content about labor stages and body movements itself is awesome. I am a fan of technical terms being used with diagrams. The various possible position of the fetus during labor are explained well. Balaskas writing has helped reinforce my vocabulary should the fetus be in any particular condition. This book stands out in that female position of labor in a home or a hospital setting are well drawn / pictured. It makes sense to give birth standing, squatting, or on all fours as gravity will help.

It seems like contemporary pregnancy literature shies away from real, messy pictures. I love the real naked female bodies all squatting and Buddha like in this edition.

This book has an entire chapter dedicated to water births. It was interesting to read.
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