The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth

by Henci Goer

Paperback, 1999



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EC Parenting


TarcherPerigee (1999), Edition: Revised ed., 384 pages


As an intelligent woman, you are probably used to learning as much as you can before making major decisions. But when it comes to one of the most important decisions of your life--how you will give birth--it is hard to gather accurate, unbiased information. Surprisingly, much of the research does not support common medical opinion and practice. Birth activist Henci Goer gives clear, concise information based on the latest medical studies. The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth helps you compare and contrast your various options and shows you how to avoid unnecessary procedures, drugs, restrictions, and tests. The book covers: Cesareans Breech babies Inducing labor Electronic Fetal Monitoring Rupturing Membranes Coping with slow labor Pain medication Epistiotomy Vaginal birth after a Ceasarean Doulas Deciding on a doctor or midwife Choosing where to have your baby and much more . . .… (more)


Original language


Physical description

384 p.; 5.99 inches


0399525173 / 9780399525179



User reviews

LibraryThing member ammichaels
Fantastic book with a half an inch thick of citations. The author really did her research. Tells the truth you normally don't hear about C-sections, pitocin, epidurals, episiotomies, and other high-tech interventions. There are a lot of risks and side effects the medical establishment doesn't want you to know.

If you want a natural childbirth, READ THIS BOOK! If you think you want a C-section or an epidural and think it's not a big deal, READ THIS BOOK!… (more)
LibraryThing member sarahtar
I just absolutely loved this when I read it. A bit too radical for those new to the idea of natural birth, but good for those on the fence, and of course those already convinced will love it.
LibraryThing member BoundTogetherForGood
Inestimable value in this book if you really want to know about how to avoid intervention and therefore problems with your delivery. I had my first of 5 natural deliveries after reading this book.
LibraryThing member bangerlm
This book had a lot of good information, however it is a little bit shocking and actually kind of makes you scared to give birth in a hospital. But the sources are well documented.




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