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Ina May is my Hero!,
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This review is from: Ina May's Guide to Childbirth (Paperback)
I read this book in 2008 when I had just become pregnant with my son. I had always thought I would want every drug going (isn't that what all girls are brought up to think?) but found out about all the problems these drugs can cause and started to reconsider. Ina May's book was what I had been dreaming of - lots of technical information, yet with a natural approach at the same time. It really appealed to me as a scientist as much as a mother - birth is an amazing physiological and psychological process. Beautiful birth stories to inspire and inform in the first section, backed up with sound experience and advice in the second part. It fundamentally changed the way I think about birth and I find it very difficult when other people I meet don't occupy the same paradigm. I have tried to get all pregnant women I know to read this book, but have not yet managed and I want to know whether it would have saved them all from their medicalised, intervention-filled hospital births? With this book, Hypnobirthing by Marie Mongan, Let Birth be Reborn by Jean Sutton and The Father's Homebirth Handbook by Leah Hazard I had the courage to have my first baby at home. Ina May's tips were invaluable in understanding how to prepare mentally for the birth (something that antenatal classes just do not help with) and I used some of her tips during the labour. We had a beautiful, empowering waterbirth and I forgot that gas and air existed. Possibly the most amazing day of my life, thanks in part to Ina May - she is my hero! I hope she can be yours too.