My Favorite Books On Childbirth

There are so many books about birth out there! I've selected a few of my favorites: some old, some new.

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Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way

The classic guide to an unmedicated childbirth, fully revised in 2017 for the twenty-first century, with updated information and attractive new illustrations and photos throughout. For women birthing vaginally, 90% of Bradley births are drug-free! You will learn:

· Exercises and nutrition to get your body ready for birthing
· To defuse fear by understanding all aspects of laboring
· How to involve your partner as a birth coach and a fully engaged participant
· What’s driving the induction epidemic and how to avoid an unnecessary induction
· What’s driving the cesarean surgery epidemic and how to reduce your risk
· How to get the information you need to make informed decisions about your birth

“The Bradley Method’s simple objective, through relaxation, breathing, and visualization, is a birth free of the interventions frequently offered to women in the different stages of childbirth: fetal monitors, drug-induced labor, anesthesia, episiotomy, and Caesarean section. (Its) other defining feature, the husband’s active participation in the delivery, is critical to this overall goal of an intervention-free birth.”—Mothering

“Instead of distracting yourself from the birth process… you are fully mindful and wholly engaged during Bradley’s method of natural childbirth.”—Natural Life

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Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth

Ina May Gaskin, America’s leading midwife, shares her exceptional birthing wisdom in this intuitive guide to childbirth. By sharing a wealth of knowledge generated by three decades of experience she explains why the natural birthing process, when left to its own devices, can proceed so beautifully on its own. Ina May's Guide to Childbirth is an inspiring read and gives birthing people the opportunity to take back the fear of childbirth by regaining confidence in their bodies. It tells you everything you need to know to have the best birth experience for you whether in a hospital, birthing center or the comfort of home."

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