The Thinking Woman's Guide To A Better Birth by Henci GoerThe Thinking Woman's Guide To A Better Birth by Henci Goer

The Thinking Woman's Guide To A Better Birth

byHenci Goer

Paperback | August 1, 1999

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As an intelligent woman, you are probably used to learning as much as you can before making major decisions. But when it comes to one of the most important decisions of your life--how you will give birth—it is hard to gather accurate, unbiased information. Surprisingly, much of the research does not support common medical opinion and practice.

Birth activist Henci Goer gives clear, concise information based on the latest medical studies. The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth helps you compare and contrast your various options and shows you how to avoid unnecessary procedures, drugs, restrictions, and tests. The book covers:

  • Cesareans
  • Breech babies
  • Inducing labor
  • Electronic Fetal Monitoring
  • Rupturing Membranes
  • Coping with slow labor
  • Pain medication
  • Epistiotomy
  • Vaginal birth after a Ceasarean
  • Doulas
  • Deciding on a doctor or midwife
  • Choosing where to have your baby
  • and much more . . .
Henci Goer is a certified Lamaze instructor and a doula (professional labor support). She is a founding member of the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services, a group made up of organizations and individuals involved with maternity care in the US and fighting for a mother-friendly childbirth environment. Her articles on pregnancy an...
Title:The Thinking Woman's Guide To A Better BirthFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:384 pages, 8.97 × 6.05 × 0.93 inShipping dimensions:8.97 × 6.05 × 0.93 inPublished:August 1, 1999Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0399525173

ISBN - 13:9780399525179


Rated 5 out of 5 by from ABSOLUTELY MUST HAVE!! This book is unbelievable. I wish I had read this book before having my daughter. I know women after reading this book that would have made different decisions regarding choices and care if they would have known the facts. UNBELIEVABLE, ALL MOTHER'S, MOTHER'S TO BE & PARTNERS DO YOURSELF A FAVOUR READ THIS BOOK!
Date published: 2003-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth This is a must-read for any woman planning to give birth in a hospital setting. Goer clearly informs the reader of the pros and cons, benefits and risks to each medical intervention. She also makes suggestions for low-tech interventions when applicable. Excellent book for consumers and birth professionals alike!
Date published: 2002-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THE BOOK TO OWN This book should be considered a 'bible' for all women who are expecting. It informs the reader how labour and delivery are no longer simply a natural part of a woman's life, but have become a 'medical intervention'. It clearly illustrates how the medical community's intervention in childbirth has actually increased the number of unecessary ceasareans, inducements and epidurals. Although in some instances, medical intervention is necessary to save either the mother or baby (or both), this book points out how more often than not, medical intervention is used to 'manage' the patient better from an admistration point of view.
Date published: 2000-04-28

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Certified Lamaze instructor and activist Henci Goer brings women the carefully researched facts they'll want to have. With the complete rundown on modern pregnancy and childbirth, this book contains a multitude of tips and advice any expectant mother should have.