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Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way by Susan McCutcheon-Rosegg
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Apr 21, 2010

it was ok
bookshelves: pregnancy
Read in April, 2010 — I own a copy

Interesting, though a bit outdated and preachy. The first 10 or so chapters really sort of turned me off to the book - I kept reading "I'm not saying, I'm just saying..." again and again, in a not-so-flattering way. If I were to read it again, I'd skip all the way to the point at which it starts getting into the real physical side of things - anatomy of the uterus, etc. and skip right past the bit that talks down to the mother-to-be. I found myself hoping the Bradley classes were better than the book. I also found myself hoping that the method has progressed from this whole 'the woman is an emotional mess' point of view. While I do get that being in labor and having to focus on relaxation (as the book suggests) means I have less energy to give to arguing with doctors or the like, I definitely felt as though women and labor were both portrayed in a very definite and slightly negative light. The book says you WILL go through these emotional phases, you likely WON'T recognize them yourself, and it's a good thing you have your husband there to look out for you.

Still, I did see the value. exercises and coach guides (though really only structured toward heterosexual, dedicated couples) did seem useful, if taken with a grain of salt. After all, if you can have someone there to go through labor with you and keep an eye on your wellbeing (thus taking a few things off your plate while you give birth), all the better. I also think that the sense of communal work in this book is a good idea, if occasionally poorly executed...
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