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Read Ina May Gaskin's book instead
on 23 February 2015
This was the second birthing book I read; the first was Ina May Gaskin's guide to Childbirth, so I was already familiar with things like Pitocin and prostaglandins etc. I didn't like the book because it felt like a hippie take on child birth, but disguised as being written by a doctor. It was probably my fault for not looking closely and seeing that she was a GP as opposed to an obstetrician, but it seriously reads like an 'alternative' view on childbirth rather than a truly scientific, medical based approach. Which is what I was after. Everything from her wording (she constantly refers to her husband as her 'beloved', while nothing wrong with that, it's all very emotional speak) to what she advocates is very alternative and I don't think necessarily backed up by science. There's one bit for example, where she writes about lotus birth and leaving the umbilical cord to fall off by itself, but there's no mention of the risk that blood may run in reverse (from baby into placenta) if you leave the cord uncut for too long. Don't get me wrong, I am 8 months pregnant and very much going for a drug-free birth (no epi, no Piton etc if I can help it), but this book is all too emotional and alternative and feels biased. I rolled my eyes a few times at the phrasing. It's also a slightly boring read! Given she presents herself as being from a medical background, I think she really dismissed a lot of medical recommendations so I think it would've been more accurate if she just marketed the book as her own personal view on childbirth. I think Ina May's book is much more helpful for those wanting a natural birth.