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The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth by Henci Goer
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Feb 16, 09

bookshelves: health, women, read-2009, parenting-2009
Read in February, 2009

Ah, the politics of childbirth. There is a lot of good information here, and I largely agree with the author, but found her aggressive polemics to be a turn-off at times. If you are looking for an indictment of the "obstetrical mindframe," this is your book. This book does a more-than-adequate job of telling you what you don't want when it comes to childbirth. But if you are looking for helpful hints on how to manage labor naturally (that is, what you do want), look elsewhere (specifically, you might want to try something by Ina May Gaskin). This book is likely to increase your anxiety about labor and childbirth rather than make you feel empowered to try natural childbirth. So while this is a great source of facts, it's not the most emotionally supportive guide I've come across.
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02/12/2009 page 35
9.11% "The aggressively adversarial tone of the introduction was a turn-off, but there is a lot of good information here."
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Cynthia Or "Natural Hospital Birth: The Best of Both Worlds" which is ALL about the stuff you SHOULD do! I love Ina May, too, but some women find the home birth stories out of their realm if they are planning a hospital birth. But even if you are planning a hospital birth, Ina May has lots of great info for you!

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