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4.0 out of 5 stars WHOA, a surprising read., 15 May 2009
This review is from: Stand and Deliver!: And other Brilliant Ways to Give Birth (Paperback)
NOTE: I am an American who had a very traumatic 24 hour labor resulting in a c-section and subsequent medical complications that went on for MONTHS after the birth of my first child in the US. I am now residing in the UK, and this book had special insight for me because of the comparisons it gives on better child-birth in the UK as well as the many non-medical techniques for pain relief during birth (without being too new-age-hippy-like).

However, this book majorly surprised me with a description of-all-things, lesbian fantasies! I'll leave it to you to read, but the end idea was that you need to ACCEPT your body and BE SEXY in order to have a baby! HA! I thought. Well, I ended up having the best sex of my life with my husband within the next couple of days. And now I'm thinking that there is a point to all that talk of sex. (In another book I'm reading now, Ina May's Guide to Childbirth, they suggest for the partners to KISS during a contraction! My husband is leery of me biting his tongue off, but I'm willing to give it a try for its ability to lossen the cervix... and create a special bond for us)

OK, on to the other useful bits in this book... being new to this country, I got a good review of all the non-medical ways to cope with pain during labor. Ideas such as gas & air, aromatherapy, TENS and essential oils. I literally was doodling away in my book noting places where I wanted to ask my OB questions. The book then goes on to have different birth stories that highlight ways to labor and birth your baby (hence the title). I have to admit I began scanning towards the end of the book, which is why I give it a 4-star review, it just couldn't hold my attention any longer. But that also is due in part to the extensive chapters on how to choose an OB or midwife, and being in the military and on private healthcare, I don't really get a choice (although I am admittedly set up with one of the most experienced OBs in Oxford).

I am trying for my VBAC in 4 months. I will be reviewing the pain relief techniques again as I get closer so that I can know what to ask my midwife.

A good book overall, I would recommend it to a friend.
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