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The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth by Henci Goer
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Jul 14, 09

Read in July, 2009

The main point the author seems to make is that women who don't know their options end up not having any. The author admits to being biased in her interpretation of research, as she is an advocate of natural birth. However, many in the mainstream United States' medical community tend to also be biased (albeit in the opposite direction) when they inform of the risks/benefits of various birthing options. So become an educated parent, not relying on any one source's statements--this book is just a starting point. Research cited in the main body of the text is further elaborated on in an appendix, so anybody who feels so inclined can go to the primary sources to interpret the findings themselves. An illuminating, intelligent read that should anger a few people, but spur a great many others to make better choices for themselves and their children. I held back giving a full 5 star rating because the author mentions once that without epidurals or narcotics, "labor will hurt. Probably a lot;" but I personally know women who have experienced pain free, easy and comfortable births through hypnosis. So research that, Henci Goer!
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