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The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth 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 practiceBirth 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 coversCesareansBreech babiesInducing laborElectronic Fetal MonitoringRupturing MembranesCoping with slow laborPain medicationEpistiotomyVaginal birth after a CeasareanDoulasDeciding on a doctor or midwifeChoosing where to have your babyand much

  • Paperback
  • 384 pages
  • The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth
  • Henci Goer
  • English
  • 28 January 2016
  • 9780399525179

10 thoughts on “The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth

  1. Danielle Danielle says:

    History I had a birth where with some minor interventions Preparing for my second birth I'm striving to be intervention free again so I'm reading in order to remind myself rather than taking a birthing class againThis book isn't for 'thinking' women It tells you exactly what you should think and if you don't believe hospitalsdoctors are Teh Evil then you are clearly wrong I was looking for something balanced that takes into account the fact that hospitalsdoctors can have a place even in natural births and especially in the case of any severe complications Book is also VERY out dated stressing things like pubic shaving and enemas Maybe there are hospitals that still do that but I don't know any Author is also very bad at intentionally misrepresenting statistics so they appear to be in her favor I expect this in political punditry not in a book proclaiming itself for 'thinkers' Don't bother with this book read anything by Ina May Gaskin instead Balanced and uplifting she makes suggestions on things you can do to PROMOTE a natural birth doesn't just spout negative rhetoric

  2. Rachel Rachel says:

    This book was so helpful While Goer clearly states her bias for natural childbirth in the introduction in a very nice straightforward way as someone who hasn't ruled out an epidural I didn't find this book in the least bit alarmist or slanted In fact if I was convinced by the end of the book that the fewer medical interventions the better it was only because of Goer's meticulous research which appears both in a bulleted summary at the end of each chapter and in a long annotated bibliography at the end of the bookThe other thing I really liked about this book is it isn't all or nothing Goer doesn't just list an epidural's benefits near total pain relief relaxation that might help progress labor and the drawbacks it's likely to slow labor down cause many interventions each with their risks etc she also gives a list of ways to reduce risks associated with an epidural should you chose to get oneFor some reading all of these details about labor and the research behind it may feel overwhelming But to my information hungry mind it was exactly what I needed to calm my nerves Having read this book I feel better prepared to make informed decisions without the pressure of an emotional philosophy behind them

  3. Courtney Courtney says:

    The main point the author seems to make is that women who don't know their options end up not having any The author admits to being biased in her interpretation of research as she is an advocate of natural birth However many in the mainstream United States' medical community tend to also be biased albeit in the opposite direction when they inform of the risksbenefits of various birthing options So become an educated parent not relying on any one source's statements this book is just a starting point Research cited in the main body of the text is further elaborated on in an appendix so anybody who feels so inclined can go to the primary sources to interpret the findings themselves An illuminating intelligent read that should anger a few people but spur a great many others to make better choices for themselves and their children I held back giving a full 5 star rating because the author mentions once that without epidurals or narcotics labor will hurt Probably a lot; but I personally know women who have experienced pain free easy and comfortable births through hypnosis So research that Henci Goer

  4. Andrea Andrea says:

    HORRIBLE Please stay away from this book by all means as it grossly exaggerates the risks of routine medical interventions during hospital birth while it downplays the dangers of real emergencies like hemorrhaging and shoulder dystocia in a home birth setting things that go wrong in labor tend to go wrong slowly and The most common unpredictable emergencies can be resolved or stabilized for hospital transport by a skilled pair of hands and readily portable medication and euipment Suuuuuuure Want to see that for yourself when your baby struggles to survive a cord prolapse? This book will not help you to make an informed decision and be assured the author does not want to educate you at all Henci Goer pushes her own agenda and uses the very same scare techniues that all the evil OBs practice She tells you exactly what you want you want someone who provides midwifery style care not obstetric management First of all missy I want a healthy baby but as I was told by Mrs Goer's guide to a BETTER birth this argument doesn't countAlsmost as evil as every OB and every hospital in the US according to Mrs Goer the epidural Of course you can choose to have one if you want your baby to end up with all kinds of horrible complications but come on now you want the BETTER birth right? I mean what kind of mother would choose pain relief? At the very end of her book Mrs Goer makes sure to mock every woman who dares to be satisfied with her obstetric management care during pregnancy and childbirth they simply don't know better and wouldn't say so if they would have ever experienced the wonderful loving attention of a midwifeTo all my fellow preggos out there you do not have to fight someone elses battle while you are in labor You considered this book because you are one of the thinking women Please think again no birth educator has the right to make you feel like a failure just because you want an epidural They pride themselves with only having your best interest in mind But clearly just as long as you agree with them You and I we both deserve better And much important our babies deserve better

  5. Crystal Crystal says:

    The reason this book only gets 3 stars is not because I didn't think it was helpful but because the subtitle states that it is an unbiased view However the author is completely biased and I got the feeling that she believes if you deliver in the hospital you have a high chance of your baby dying or at least of having a c section However 3 per 10000 versus 4 per 10000 is not really a higher risk in my opinion She had lots of research and I actually agree with most of her arguments why do women have to have IV's anyway? Why is birth considered a medical emergency? These uestions plague me after my own medicated childbirth Summary good book good facts but not unbiased I wish I had read it before my daughter was born though

  6. Kendra Kendra says:

    Okay I read this book after reading Pushed I am pregnant for the second time and am trying to educate myself on childbirth options This book was informative and thorough with plenty of sources cited to back up the author's opinions I did gain some valuable insight into how many unnecessary interventions are entrenched in our current hospital labor and delivery wards and how difficult it can be to avoid such interventions It's even encouraged me to decline when offered a routine induction amniotomy or episiotomy The reason I gave the book three stars and not four or five is because I found the author to be a little too harsh towards obstetricians and hospitals She criticizes doctors for not doing VBACs vaginal birth after Cesarean out of a fear of lawsuits I'm not trying to play a devil's advocate but I do understand where they are coming from It's not their fault malpractice insurance costs are skyrocketing Who could blame them for making a choice based on the motto The only C Section I will be sued for is the one I don't do Nobody wants to go through 12 years of higher education and rack up a uarter of a million dollars worth of student loans just to get sued for a few VBACs and have to leave the profession The blame needs to passed around a bit Sure doctors are somewhat at fault but so are the consumers who demand labor to be uick convenient and risk free We can also point a finger towards our legal system and sue happy societyI'm glad I read Pushed first because it warmed me up to the ideas of childbirth activists before this book The tone of this book might have turned me off of its ideas if I hadn't been introduced to the topic beforehand I would recommend this only to someone already interested in birthing alternatives and not to someone who is undecided or knows nothing about the issue

  7. Jenna Jenks Jenna Jenks says:

    The Thinking Woman's Guide is in my opinion one of the best ways to prepare oneself for the choices involved in childbirth Many women may not realize the draw backs to common birth practices but this book goes through both pros and cons as well as how to make sure that if you do choose certain interventions that they are done in a way that encourages the fewest possible negatives An important read for anyone who wants a say in their birth experience or anyone who uestions what happened

  8. Emily Emily says:

    This book was recommended to me but I wouldn't have bothered to order it from the library if I had realized that it was published in 1999 and hadn't been updated since I had a few issues with this book beyond the outdated research and statistics First I find the title pretentious as it implies that any person who wants to have any sort of medication or intervention during birth is empty mindedBeyond that I found it extremely biased and fear mongering There's one portion mid way through the book where she does disclose that she's a big fan of home birth over hospital but by that point even a non thinking woman has figured that one out There was literally one section where it warned you that many certified nurse midwives are merely obstetricians in midwives' clothing Really? Honestly if you're interested in this book I would suggest just watching The Business of Being Born to save yourself the time and troubleThe book did have a few helpful techniues on how to avoid certain interventions in the hospital but I think you'd definitely be better off reading Natural Hospital Birth by Cynthia Gabriel It's a great non judgemental non fearful take on how to have a natural birth with whatever meaning that is to you Honestly I'd recommend it to anyone even if you're 100% planning on an epidural or other medication because it has really useful advice and descriptions of labor beyond the physiological definitionsIf you also want to know about birth techniues statistics on various interventions using actual up to date research I highly suggest you check out the Evidence Based Birth website classes or podcast It's operated by a nurse with her PhD and the articles and videos are updated as new studies are published

  9. Mark Mark says:

    A thorough if biased book that describes how obstetricians are prone to treat pregnancy and labor as an illness rather than a natural process through medical techniues such as artificial induction episiotomies and cesarean births The fundamental premise is that doctors often over diagnose or overtreat women primarily to cover their own liability without much evidence to show this treatment has a positive effect and Goer backs up her point of view with multiple references and summaries of studies from well known medical journals Every new parent should read through this book even if they believe a doctor’s word is golden just to understand all of the conseuences of these often invasive techniues both to the mother and baby and to be informed of the choices they will make during the emotional roller coaster of labor Goer is certainly biased toward a midwife hands off approach to labor and likely cherry picks the studies to prove her point but nonetheless this book is a great source of knowledge that you can take to your doctor to insure you are getting the labor and delivery you want

  10. Julie Julie says:

    This was supposed to be a thinking woman's guide so I expected all the information to be presented in a clear way and not be slanted Instead this book was so anti anything hospital and all interventions that it was annoying to read It didn't list facts like I expected but just kept repeating in each chapter how bad the thing they were talking about was I wanted pros and cons situations to expect if that particular medical intervention was reuired etc I didn't want to be preached at by a pregnancy book But I still got a lot of good information and knowledge out if it

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