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

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-04-05
  • Publisher: Grand Central Life & Style

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With their groundbreaking film The Business of Being Born, Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein changed the way we view childbirth in the U.S. Now their empowering book will change how you view your own child's upcoming birth.

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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