Ina May's Guide to Childbirth

ISBN-10: 0553381156
ISBN-13: 9780553381153
Edition: 2003
Authors: Ina May Gaskin
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List price: $18.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 3/4/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034

What you need to know to have the best birth experience for you. Drawing upon her thirty-plus years of experience, Ina May Gaskin, the nation’s leading midwife, shares the benefits and joys of natural childbirth by showing women how to trust in the ancient wisdom of their bodies for a healthy and fulfilling birthing experience. Based on the female-centered Midwifery Model of Care, Ina May’s Guide to Natural Childbirth gives expectant mothers comprehensive information on everything from the all-important mind-body connection to how to give birth without technological intervention. Filled with inspiring birth stories and practical advice, this invaluable resource includes:• Reducing the pain of labor without drugs--and the miraculous roles touch and massage play • What really happens during labor • Orgasmic birth--making birth pleasurable • Episiotomy--is it really necessary? • Common methods of inducing labor--and which to avoid at all costs • Tips for maximizing your chances of an unmedicated labor and birth • How to avoid postpartum bleeding--and depression • The risks of anesthesia and cesareans--what your doctor doesn’t necessarily tell you • The best ways to work with doctors and/or birth care providers • How to create a safe, comfortable environment for birth in any setting, including a hospital • And much more Ina May’s Guide to Natural Childbirth takes the fear out of childbirth by restoring women’s faith in their own natural power to give birth with more ease, less pain, and less medical intervention.

An Invitation
Birth Stories
The Essentials of Birth
The Powerful Mind/Body Connection
What Happens in Labor
The Pain/Pleasure Riddle
Sphincter Law
What You Need to Know about Your Pregnancy and Prenatal Care
Going into Labor
Giving Birth: Move Freely, Let Gravity Work for You
Forgotten Vaginal Powers and Episiotomy
The Third Stage of Labor
Benchmarks in Midwifery
What You Least Expect When You're Expecting
Vaginal Birth after Cesarean (VBAC)
Choosing a Caregiver
A Vision for Midwifery and Mothers in the Twenty-First Century
Glossary
The Farm: Outcomes of 2,028 Pregnancies
Evidence-Based Care
The Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative
The Safe Motherhood Initiatives--USA
Resources
Index

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