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Ina May's Guide To Childbirth

Paperback Book
March, 2003
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$20.00 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

From a pioneer of modern midwifery, Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth offers a real  guide to women’s wisdom and natural childbirth.

The purpose of this book is to point you toward the best information currently available about women’s real capacities in labor and birth and to show you how these can mesh with the most effective use of modern birth technology. My intention is to encourage and inform you. I have been a community midwife for more than three decades.

ª  Part I, “Birth Stories,” shares the voices of many women as they tell their birth stories: “If you are pregnant or plan a pregnancy in the near future, you may want to return to these birth stories again and again to strengthen your own spirit in preparation for giving birth.”

ª  Part II, “The Essentials of Birth,” delivers reliable and detailed information on many topics: pregnancy and natal care; giving birth (“move freely, let gravity work for you”); stages of labor; the pain/pleasure riddle; vaginal birth after cesarean; choosing a caregiver; why there is such a wide range of women’s experiences in birth; how to make the sexuality of birth work for you, not against you; an overview of the practices you’re likely to encounter in a North American hospital, along with a guide to those that are based upon solid scientific evidence and those that are not; and much more.

Have you never heard anyone speak positively about labor and birth before? If so, you are not alone. One of the best-kept secrets in North American culture is that birth can be ecstatic and strengthening.

“There is nothing more important than how we are born. We have forgotten this simple fact for far too long. Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth, as well as her earlier volume, Spiritual Midwifery, is 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

“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 who is having or may someday have a baby, and by every midwife, nurse, doula, childbirth educator, and doctor who assists or may someday assist these women through their maternity experience.” —Marsen Wagner, M.D., World Health Organization

Publisher’s Description: 

What you need to know to have the best birth experience for you.

Drawing upon her thirty-plus years of experience, Ina May Gaskin, the nations leading midwife, shares the benefits and joys of natural childbirth by showing women how to trust in the ancient wisdom of their bodies for a healthy and fulfilling birthing experience. Based on the female-centered Midwifery Model of Care, Ina Mays Guide to Natural Childbirth gives expectant mothers comprehensive information on everything from the all-important mind-body connection to how to give birth without technological intervention.

Filled with inspiring birth stories and practical advice, this invaluable resource includes: Reducing the pain of labor without drugs--and the miraculous roles touch and massage play

What really happens during labor
Orgasmic birth--making birth pleasurable
Episiotomy--is it really necessary?
Common methods of inducing labor--and which to avoid at all costs
Tips for maximizing your chances of an unmedicated labor and birth
How to avoid postpartum bleeding--and depression
The risks of anesthesia and cesareans--what your doctor
doesnt necessarily tell you
The best ways to work with doctors and/or birth care providers
How to create a safe, comfortable environment for
birth in any setting, including a hospital
And much more

Ina Mays Guide to Natural Childbirth takes the fear out of childbirth by restoring womens faith in their own natural power to give birth with more ease, less pain, and less medical intervention.The mother of modern midwifery, Ina May has been at the forefront of a movement that has seen in-hospital midwife-attended births rise from an estimated 20,000 in 1975 to almost 300,000 in 1999. Taking the fear and misinformation out of childbirth, this book celebrates the capacities of the female body while providing important information all expectant mothers need, soothing, empowering, and maximizing their chances for safe, spontaneous birthing.

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