Ina May's Guide to Childbirth: Updated With New Material

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Ina May's Guide to Childbirth: Updated With New Material

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Update three years later: I think of this book's discussion of sphincters every time I try to get 30 seconds of privacy to go to the bathroom. The birth stories in the beginning of the book were interesting and heart warming (although I'll admit, a few were just plain weird! It also gives a good amount of info about the possibilities of what CAN happen, which is always important to be aware of. La realidad de nuestro siglo y sobretodo en ciudades, es que el parto aunque sea muy humanizado y respetado y sin violencia, es muy diferente a cómo lo platican en el libro. Honestly I thought most of it was just fear inspiring for anyone not having a birth center or home birth.

I felt like my body had betrayed me by failing at this most basic task of womanhood, which my female relatives have done countless times without issue. My plan was to get a job teaching that fall, but before that could happen, I realized I was pregnant. Under his care I was able to have a Leboyer birth experience, but the hospital gowns and masks meant to create a more "sterile" environment were just that--sterile, cold, and intimidating. So while I appreciate Ina May's mind/body approach to childbirth, I think she's promoting a culture of mommy shaming. I enjoyed how the midwives paid attention to every detail and looked at things intuitively as well as on the surface.

The science cited here, along with hospital procedures generally, is pretty outdated, which works nicely for the book's preferred method of persuasion: scare tactics. I came out of the bathroom and did what I had to do, whether it was squat, bend over, walk around, say, "Oh, my God," or dance like a whooping crane.

I mean stories that change you because you read or heard them, because the teller of the story taught you something you didn't know before or helped you look at things from a different angle than you ever had before. I think she makes traditional clinical medicine and those that work in that field unnecessarily sterile and frightening while painting midwives and homebirth with rose colored glasses. V. and that the hospital required an internal fetal monitor, although I could sign a legal waiver and not have the monitor. A nurse who practiced as an underground midwife suggested a doctor from a nearby town who would provide more considerate care.

For all intents and purposes, it appeared that we were people geared toward state-of-the art technology, people who would accept the latest and greatest, even when it came to childbirth. Although based in america you are able to read her book and acknowledge (being uk based) that much of what she says can be transferred to the uk system (in regards to the fear of birth in our culture and the risk averse medicalised model of birth still largely present in the UK, leading to a cascade of intervention). A lot of information on the professional merits of midwifery, so I admit skipping some chapters for the time being to learn content more directly related my partner's pregnancy. Reading this book gave me the confidence to know that I am capable of a natural and pain- relief free birth if I open my mind to the fact that my body is able to do it. Based on the female-centered Midwifery Model of Care, Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth gives expectant mothers comprehensive information on everything from the all-important mind-body connection to how to give birth without technological intervention.

The second half of the book walks the reader through the entire process, mostly with the aim of explaining why modern medical childbirthing procedures are not based on the mother's health and needs, but are designed for convenience of the medical establishment. Perhaps the most striking and compelling examples come from studies of childbirthing in modern Scandinavia. We use Google Analytics to see what pages are most visited, and where in the world visitors are visiting from. Ron was impressed that the birth cottage had hospital equipment to stabilize an infant in an emergency. I come back to the issue of goodness of fit -- just like one looks for an OB who's a good fit, one looks for a birthing book that's a good fit.This book is not helpful, and it's filled with the kind of biased writing that sets women back and makes them feel bad about making their own choices. When my turn came around, I still felt woefully unprepared and not a little bit terrified of childbirth. When I asked to not have an episiotomy, he skirted the issue entirely by asking me what kind of episiotomy I meant, never once saying whether he would or would not give me one.

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