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Ina May's Guide to Childbirth Paperback – 7 Aug 2008
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"Ina May Gaskin is a...treasure. In this invaluable guide her deep experience and profound insights are updated for a new generation and a new set of technologies. Indispensable!" (Naomi Wolf, author of The Beauty Myth and Misconceptions)
"As a reproductive scientist as well as a medical practitioner, I can assure readers that everything Ina May presents in this book is based on the best scientific evidence. This book should be read by every woman...and by every midwife, nurse, doula, childbirth educator and doctor" (Dr Marsden Wagner, former Director of Women’s and Children’s Health, World Health Organization)
"all we need to reconnect to the empowering beauty of childbirth that is woman's amazing gift for people-ing the earth. Few books have the potential to improve the life of everyone born on the planet. This one does" (Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple)
"intuitive and informative" (Yoga Magazine)
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The second half that talks about pregnancy and labour was informative and also empowering, convincing me that my body IS capable of birth and that labour doesn’t have to be totally traumatic. But, she is very anti-intervention and quite scaremongering in places - she kind of gives the impression that any medical intervention is highly risky, which isn’t really true.
Overall I would say it’s well worth reading to motivate you to try for an unmedicated delivery (if that’s your goal) but don’t take everything she says too seriously.
I did no other preparation (except a cursory read of the Hyponobirthing book by Katherine Graves early on in the pregnancy, which was quite good). But from the stories I was so aware that the pushing can be such an empowering and relieving feeling for many women, and I think this knowledge allowed this to happen for me too, because I was mentally and physically relaxed.
I had my baby on a normal maternity ward: you don't need to go to a hippy birthing place like the one described in this book in order to have a special natural birth.
Worth every penny if you want to have a natural birth but don't know what that means.
After a traumatic first birth I was reccomended this book by a mother of two and read it cover to cover. It gave me many insights and allowed me to find closure over my first birth. From a non biased over view of intervention to guides on how best to avoid it and achieve a natural birth- this book contains everything a pregnant woman needs to know. Ina may gaskin is a celebrity throughout the positive birthing movement and this book is why: it is truly the bible for women wanting a natural birth.
The stories are all mostly positive,which is all I want to read,yet still help to prepare the mind for what is to come.
I will defo recommend this !
Most of all, an inspiring read that teaches us to once again trust our bodies.
Thank you Ina May!
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