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Ina May's Guide to Childbirth

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At least where I live, many of the things this book said you would have to fight for, like skin-on-skin and delayed cord cutting, are standard policy. First of all, the birth experiences at the beginning, while somewhat nauseating, were also very encouraging.

It took me a long time to come around to my wife's way of thinking, and to be honest, I have moments when I'm not totally there yet. But here's the thing -- I wonder sometime how often our deference for what we're told is good for us gets in the way of what really makes us comfortable.

They were all so different from the birth stories you normally hear, and it made me happy to know that natural childbirth really can be an extremely positive experience. Her promotion of a low-intervention but extremely effective method for dealing with one of the most-feared birth complications, shoulder dystocia, has resulted in that method being adopted by a growing number of practitioners. I read with particular interest her method for dealing with breech babies, which up until recently I had thought were something that required definite medical intervention. The Hebrew word for “pain” in these verses translates closely to “work” and I think that these are two things that are easily confused in our minds since we, for the most part, do not live in a society filled with hardship.

Highly recommended, i have stopped attending labor classes in my village cause this book is far more updated and gives a view positive (and not scary or bloody) about having a baby. Genesis 3:16 (ESV) says “To the woman he said, ‘I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children. After half a dozen birth stories I found myself stressed, slightly horrified and definitely not (as the author says she intends) empowered.

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.

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