Natural Hospital Birth: The Best of Both Worlds

Natural Hospital Birth: The Best of Both Worlds

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by Cynthia Gabriel
     
 

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These days, many mothers-to-be find themselves torn between the desire for a natural childbirth with minimal medical intervention and the peace of mind offered by instant access to life-saving technology that only a hospital can provide. In Natural Hospital Birth, doula Cynthia Gabriel asserts that there is no good reason that women in North America should not be able

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These days, many mothers-to-be find themselves torn between the desire for a natural childbirth with minimal medical intervention and the peace of mind offered by instant access to life-saving technology that only a hospital can provide. In Natural Hospital Birth, doula Cynthia Gabriel asserts that there is no good reason that women in North America should not be able to have both. She shows expectant mothers what they can do to avoid unnecessary medical interventions and how to take initiative and consciously prepare for the kind of birth they want to have. Also included are inspiring stories from other women who know firsthand that natural birth in the hospital is possible. With this book, mothers-to-be will be equipped with the knowledge they need to ensure a satisfying hospital birth that they will look back on with peace and joy.

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Library Journal
Women who want a natural birth with minimal medical intervention may feel that a home birth is their only option. Here, Gabriel, a doula and mother of three, empowers women to make the choices that will keep them comfortable with their birth experiences. She gives specific advice on how to speak to doctors and nurses to avoid interventions (e.g., "I'd like to wait an hour") and what to include on the mother's written birth plans to ensure her wishes are clear. Gabriel's experience as a natural birth doula gives her insights that many expectant moms may not have—even if this isn't their first pregnancy—such as asking for intermittent rather than constant fetal monitoring. VERDICT Readers should be aware that this book is not about natural birth; it is about achieving a natural birth at a hospital. As such, it complements rather than replaces natural childbirth classics like Ina May Gaskin's Ina May's Guide to Childbirth or Susan McCutcheon's Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way. Where those are popular, Gabriel's book will likely draw interest.—Mindy Rhiger, St. Paul

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558327825
Publisher:
Harvard Common Press, The
Publication date:
03/17/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
125,943
File size:
612 KB

Meet the Author

Cynthia Gabriel is a medical anthropologist, mother of three, and a doula who has attended nearly 100 births. With a PhD from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a Post-Doctorate Fellowship from the University of Michigan, Gabriel’s research focuses on stress during pregnancy among African American women.  She served as Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Center for the Childbearing Year, and runs women’s and parents’ support groups.  Gabriel is also the founder of Growing Together, a Life Learning Center that offers psychotherapy and life coaching services in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she resides.

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Natural Hospital Birth 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
TheresaSmyth More than 1 year ago
I found myself researching birth--watching movies like Business of Being Born and Pregnant in America--and decided to read this book. It was great! Overall, the author focuses on helping you create the best birth experience you can with as little UNNECESSARY intervention as possible...and the author helps you understand and distinguish between situations where interventions might be truly needed and where they could probably be avoided. The author provides tips (such as waiting until you hit active labor to go to the hospital or eating, crying, or moving if you hit a plateau while in labor), but does so in a way that provides guidance so you can feel comfortable and confident about making those decisions, even when medical professionals might advise differently. The best ways to describe the book are: EDUCATIONAL and EMPOWERING! I loved it and will definitely give it to friends to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was hugely helpful and empowering to read when I was pregnant with my second child and hoping for a natural hospital birth. It gave me just the information and confidence I needed to emotionally and intellectually prepare for birth in the hospital setting. This book is a wonderful resource for all expectant mothers, fathers, doulas and anyone who works in L&D. Highly recommended. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a unique and valuable book. All parents to be should read it. Informative, down to earth. Wonderful!
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DadofThree More than 1 year ago
I am a father of three kids and have learned a lot about childbirth along the way. This is the most helpful book that I have found for educating yourself about childbirth and making choices about the type of birth that you want to have. The book is full of great information and practical advice. Plus it is easy to read and inspiring. The author provides information about the type of interventions that you can expect when giving birth in a hospital and how to successfully work with doctors and nurses to achieve a safe, natural birth. I also loved the range of stories of women who created birth experiences that were aligned with their personal needs and values.