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

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-05-01
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

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The national C-section rate is at an all-time high of 31 percent. Are all these C-sections necessary, or are some of them done simply for the sake of convenience? Inductions seem to be the norm, but are they always needed? Today, expectant mothers are often left feeling powerless, as their instincts are replaced by drugs and routine medical procedures. What you are about to discover is that you have a choice, and you have the power to plan the kind of birth that's right foryou-whether it is at a birth center, a hospital, or at home. In YOUR BEST BIRTH, internationally known advocates of informed choice Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein inspire women to take back the birth experience, with essential advice on: · Positive and negative effects of epidurals, Pitocin, and other drugs and interventions · Inducing vs. allowing your labor to progress naturally · The truth behind our country's staggering C-section rate · Assembling your birth team and creating your birth plan. With chapters such as "Obstetricians: Finding Dr . Right,""Epidurals: You Haven't Got Time for the Pain," and "Electronic Monitors: Reading between the Lines," Lake and Epstein will encourage you to consider whatever your doctor, mother, and best friend may suggest in a new light. The book also includes inspiring birth stories, including those from well-known personalities, such as Laila Ali and Cindy Crawford. Packed with crucial advice from childbirth professionals, and delivered in a down-to-earth, engaging voice, YOUR BEST BIRTH is sure to renew your confidence and put the control back where it belongs: with parents-to-be! Review: "Abby Epstein and Ricki Lake have taken a wonderful and constructive approach to ensuring an optimal birthing experience. Their language creates a 'climate of confidence' for pregnant women and their families, who must make key decisions about where, how and with whom to give birth in a health care system often unresponsive to our needs. This book is like a good friend giving wise counsel." --Judy Norsigian, co-editor of Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth and Executive Director, Our Bodies Ourselves

Author Biography

RICKI LAKE is an actress, host of the long-running Ricki Lake talk show, and natural childbirth advocate, based in LA and New York.

ABBY EPSTEIN is a New York-based filmmaker and natural childbirth advocate.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Preface Ricki and Abby: Our Best Birthsp. xiii
Introduction Your Birth Is Your Businessp. xxvii
Know Your Optionsp. 1
Not Your Mama's Birth Planp. 7
Your Best Birth Placep. 34
Putting Your Dream Team Togetherp. 61
Obstetricians: Finding Dr. Rightp. 64
Midwives: Not Just for Hippies Anymorep. 76
Doulas: Labor's Lovep. 93
The Guest List: Birth as a Private Partyp. 101
For Sexual Abuse Survivors, a Healingp. 109
Interventions: The Slippery Slopep. 115
Epidurals: You Haven't Got Time for the Painp. 119
Inductions and Pitocin: Let's Get This Party Startedp. 124
Electronic Monitors: Reading between the Linesp. 138
Episiotomies, Vacuums, and Forceps: The (Un)Kindest Cutp. 143
Cesarean Sections and VBAC: To C or Not to Cp. 148
Take Back Your Birthp. 167
Loving Your Laborp. 174
Bonding with Babyp. 194
Epiloguep. 205
Acknowledgmentsp. 209
Appendixp. 211
Resources for Your Best Birthp. 217
Indexp. 229
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