Ina May's Guide to Childbirth

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Ina May's Guide to Childbirth

Ina May's Guide to Childbirth

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As a believer, I should accept that there are parts of life that will be painful and not try to eliminate the discomfort outright, but trust God’s providence through it. However when talking about hospitals, doctors, nurses or anything else remotely “medical” she is short, terse, detached, and extremely clinical in her descriptions and quick to downplay their benefits whilst highlighting their every possible, minute flaws.

Unfortunately, the vast majority of it was filled with messages of female empowerment and a clear bias against anything having to do with modern medicine. The information about the different types of pain relief available has also been useful and helped me to make up my mind about which option I want when my time comes. There will still be women who read Ina May and feel threatened or as if they should feel guilty for not doing birth naturally, but I think this interpretation is misread. Facebook sets this cookie to show relevant advertisements to users by tracking user behaviour across the web, on sites that have Facebook pixel or Facebook social plugin.

My objection was to the romanticization of midwifery in the past which I think is absolutely bonkers. The first part consists of a collection of birth stories from women on The Farm and women who interacted with midwives from The Farm. Drawing upon her thirty-plus years of experience, Ina May Gaskin, the nation’s 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. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. I plan to go without pain meds for as long as I can but if labor goes on too long, or gets to be too much, or if I have to be induced (which is looking likely) I am open to the meds.

Then I took another star away for the lack of positive information about hospital birth and lack of other statistics, by state, stating what the cesarean rate was vs natural birth, as well as drug use during labor. Books by doctors that warn midwives are ill qualified and you will die at home or by using any alternative methods of coping with this life experience.Ina May is very culturally aware of the challenges that face women and the times when they want or need medical help. Indeed, after reading her Guide to Childbirth and speaking to other mothers about it, I am inclined to agree! Even if it has not been your habit throughout your life so far, I recommend that you learn to think positively about your body.

With an understanding of what our bodies can and are made to do, birth can not only be safe but beautiful. Drawing on over 40 years’ experience, internationally acclaimed midwife Ina May Gaskin shows you how to use the mind-body connection to help labour progress calmly and safely.In fact in all the books I've read on natural childbirth it's uncommon for the author to not have reverence and respect for the role of modern medicine.

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