The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth

The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth

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By (author) Henci Goer

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  • Publisher: Penguin Putnam Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 230mm x 27mm | 431g
  • Publication date: 1 October 1999
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0399525173
  • ISBN 13: 9780399525179
  • Edition statement: Revised ed.
  • Sales rank: 22,905

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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 . . .

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Henci Goer is a certified Lamaze instructor and a doula (professional labor support). She is a founding member of the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services, a group made up of organizations and individuals involved with maternity care in the US and fighting for a mother-friendly childbirth environment. Her articles on pregnancy and childbirth have appeared in Readers Digest and Childbirth Instructor Magazine. For twenty years, Goer has been a Lamaze-certified childbirth educator and labor support professional ("doula").