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Book Review: Your Best Birth: Know All Your Options, Discover the Natural Choices, and Take Back the Birth Experience ~ Rick

Posted Apr 25 2009 11:10pm

Things have changed a lot from when I had my three children in 1976, 1977, and 1980. I had no epidurals, it lasted forever and I remember pain- a lot of it. But I survived and I actually gave birth three times, so it couldn’t have been that bad.
Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein have taken the confusion out of trying to decide what method is best for you and your baby. They give advice and suggestions in a way that makes you feel like your best friend is speaking to you. Every chapter is filled with a wide range of information from Chapter One’s: Not Your Mama’s Birth Plan to Chapter Eight’s: Epidurals- You Haven’t Got Time For The Pain!
It gives accounts of women who went through different types of births and what they experienced and if given the chance, what they would do different if they had to do it all over again. It talks about how some women did do it differently the second time around. It also gives us the alarming facts on the rising number of C-sections being done without medical reasoning.
It was a wonderful book and even though it’s been a long time (six grand kids later) since I gave birth, I still read it and wish I had this source during my pregnancies. From reading to personal birthing experiences to a list of questions to ask your doctor (e.g. “at what point of my labor will you arrive?”). Telling you that it covers everything you need to know would be an understatement. It was a wonderful book and even though it’s been a long time (six grand kids later) since I gave birth, I still read it and wish I had this source when I was pregnant. A perfect gift to give any mom or mom-to-be!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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