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

by Ina May Gaskin

Random House Publishing Group | March 4, 2003 | Trade Paperback

Ina May's Guide To Childbirth: Updated With New Material is rated 4 out of 5 by 4.
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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Published: March 4, 2003

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0553381156

ISBN - 13: 9780553381153

Found in: Pregnancy and Childbirth

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book on childbirth! My aunt, who is a Doula, recommended this book to me, and I'm so happy I bought it! It is so informative and reassuring. I read it in a matter of days, and then immediately lent it to a good friend, who is also pregnant. Every pregnant woman should read this, it is the most empowering book on childbirth I have come across!
Date published: 2014-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing amazing book. The positive birth stories in this book are an invaluable resourse for those seeking unmedicated births.
Date published: 2012-09-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from This book is Dangerously Misleading After reading this book I am sorely disappointed in what should have been accurate and informative authored by what is known as the “nation’s leading midwife”. Unfortunately Mrs. Gaskin has discredited herself to a large degree, having made statements in her book which are dangerously misleading. Some examples are such as on pg. 196 where she is speaking about Gestational Diabetes and recognition through testing. She downplays the importance of testing, recognizing and managing the gestational diabetic in pregnancy because according to her “The best evidence we have says there is no treatment for GD, either with diet or with insulin, that imporves the outcome for mothers or their babies. In short, the anxiety that is often produced by this test simply isn’t worth the information gained from it” . Studies show that high blood sugars in a pregnancy are responsible for macrosomnia and Unregulated or poor blood glucose level in pregnancy can lead to problems for the infant such as heart damage, neural tube defects, limb deformities, birth trauma, and neonatal hypoglycaemia. In addition, women with gestational diabetes may face higher risk for obesity and diabetes when they get older. It is important to monitor blood glucose daily, especially in the last trimester. Stillbirth may become more likely when fasting glucose level exceeds 10mg/dL or as pregnancy progresses past term.[1.] There is also risk for inutero death of baby, as well as premature aging of the placenta leading to lack of nutrients and oxygen to baby in the uterus, and thus fetal distress and sometimes death. With comments like these from the “Nation’s leading Midwife” I am disturbed. Folks looking for answers, and how to best nagivate their way through pregnancy and birth are going to read this book looking to her for guidance and she is undoubtedly discrediting herself by challenging the mainstream approach of modern medicine all the way through. Gaskin did not offer a source for her statement quoted above regarding “the best evidence we have says.....” The point that the author tries to make is that the Farm’s statistics are better than hospitals. This is painted in the favourable light that it was their special skill and letting natural birth happen naturally. The fact is that of course they have good statistics as compared with any hospital, because they don’t handle high risk pregnancies and emergencies. Those cases are transferred to hospitals! In other words, The Farm won’t take you if you have placenta previa, which requires caesarean, or if for example, your placenta is lying over your previous uterine scar in a VBAC, which doesn’t exactly necessitate emergency and which does not even imply an impending placenta accreta, because this can be detected through ultrasound. But despite that, they still don’t take you. Just in case. The chapter from this book which is missing is the Trust in the Creator chapter. Birth is in the hand of G-d. He holds the key and not any messenger. What woman doesn’t cry out to G-d to help her in her distress and pain in childbirth, whether it is to pray for courage, strength or just for the imminent birth to arrive already and be done with this burdensome task of physical labor? The other point I didn’t like in this book was where Mrs. Gaskin talks about placenta accreta in the VBAC, which is a rare complication of the placenta embedding itself too deeply into the uterus, and requiring surgical removal, as it can be potentially life threatening to the mother following a delivery. This is more likely to happen if the placenta is lying over a previous uterine scar. Then what doesn’t make sense is her next line where she says “and before you decide to have your baby vaginally make sure your placenta is not lying over a previous uterine scar”. This advice is misleading because a) a placenta which is lying over the previous uterine scar is not the screening factor which rules out a vaginal birth, it is the placenta accrete or increta which is the ruling. And b) it can be detected by ultrasound whether or not that placenta lying over the previous scar is in fact a placenta accrete, increta or percreta and your Dr. or midwife can make a decision if it is safe for you or not to have a vaginal birth in hospital after an ultrasound meant to rule out placenta accreta. Rather the author could have better advised pregnant readers to rule out placenta accrete if the placenta is lying over the previous scar before attempting a vbac, rather than narrowing it down to a simple case of the placenta merely lying over the scar. Personally this book made me sick. Literally, with anxiety and sleepless nights fearing the impeding doom of my upcoming planned hospital birth until I realized the book was the problem. Not any hospital. 1. http://diabetesmellituscare.com/gestational-diabetes.php
Date published: 2011-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from If you only read one birth book...this should be it Not a sexy title… but Ina May is able to counteract any negative thoughts you might have about birth. She and her midwifery counterparts on The Farm know what ‘normal’ birth is supposed to be and in her book she’s compiled a wealth of inspirational stories to help you get your brain out of medical birth mode and back into knowing in your gut that birthing is something your body is purpose built to do.
Date published: 2009-04-30

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

by Ina May Gaskin

Format: Trade Paperback

Published: March 4, 2003

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0553381156

ISBN - 13: 9780553381153

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Birth Stories Introduction to the Birth Stories There is extraordinary psychological benefit in belonging to a group of women who have positive stories to tell about their birth experiences. This phenomenon is exactly what developed within our village. So many horror stories circulate about birth--especially in the United States--that it can be difficult for women to believe that labor and birth can be a beneficial experience. If you have been pregnant for a while, it''s probable that you''ve already heard some scary birth stories from friends or relatives. This is especially true if you live in the United States, where telling pregnant women gory stories has been a national pastime for at least a century. Now that birth has become a favorite subject of television dramas and situation comedies, this trend has been even more pronounced. No one has explained the situation more succinctly than Stephen King in his novella "The Breathing Method."* Commenting on the fear many women have of birth, his fictional character observes, "Believe me: if you are told that some experience is going to hurt, it will hurt. Most pain is in the mind, and when a woman absorbs the idea that the act of giving birth is excruciatingly painful--when she gets this information from her mother, her sisters, her married friends, and her physician--that woman has been mentally prepared to feel great agony." King, you may not know, is the father of several children born at home. The best
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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.

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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.
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