The Best Birth: Your Guide to the Safest, Healthiest, Most Satisfying Labor and Delivery

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The new gold standard in childbirth preparation-the McMoyler Method-presented in a clear, user-friendly guide for a new generation of parents
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Overview

The new gold standard in childbirth preparation-the McMoyler Method-presented in a clear, user-friendly guide for a new generation of parents
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738211213
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 4/21/2008
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,375,262
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Sarah McMoyler, R.N., has over twenty years of experience delivering babies and thirteen years of teaching childbirth preparation in the San Francisco Bay area. She is a mother of two.

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Table of Contents

It's Not Your Mother's Birth Experience Anymore     1
Yes, Virginia, It's Going to Hurt     15
Why Your Husband Is the Most Important Person in the Delivery Room (Other than You)     43
Game Plan for Dads: What You're Going to Be Doing during Labor and Delivery     57
Whose Side Is the Medical Team On, Anyhow?     103
Who Are These People? Introducing the Medical Team and How to Have the Best Relationship with Them     121
Having a Healthy Baby and No Regrets     167
A Stunning Childbirth Memory for Two     211
Acknowledgments     243
Resources     247
Notes     249
Index     251

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2008

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    I thought the layout of the book was good, so I thought I'd like it- but the author had way too many personal-and unfounded- opinions, that were wrongfor me and my birth. (She says moms shouldn't use doulas- but we don't know how we would have done it without her!)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2008

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    I found that the book made many unfounded and interesting comments about birth. The comments about what is the safest and best options are not proven by research. For example there are multiple studies stating that having a doula present at the birth reduce all interventions and help a birthing mother have a safe and satisfying birth yet the book recommends not having one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2008

    Hire a Doula

    As a Dona certified Doula who has been working with women and couples for over 10 years, I was very disturbed by what Sarah McMoyler says about us in her book. For her to speak in such negative terms about us and the work we do, I think just shows that she doesn¿t know Doulas very well. The effect that Doulas have on women during labor has been studied and documented. Being pregnant brings with it responsibility, the responsibility to get and find the best care you can. It is the beginning of being a responsible parent. I work very hard to educate my clients. I give them all the information that I can so that as they get closer to labor they can make educated decisions about the care they are receiving from their doctors and the hospital. I do not tell them what they should do, I do not tell them that doctors are bad or that they shouldn¿t give birth in a hospital. I support them and guide them so that they do not feel alone while navigating their way thru doctor care and the hospital. I feel that to be pregnant and to just give yourself and your baby over to a doctor and a hospital system and to comply with everything and anything they want to do to you while you are giving birth is ill advised and can be dangerous. If only all pregnant women would approach finding a doctor/hospital from a consumer¿s point of view. When you are going to buy a car or a computer, you do your research. You look at consumer reports, you talk to other people, you look up info online ¿ Shouldn¿t you do as much when you are looking for a doctor, midwife, hospital, or even a Doula? Do the work. Get the best care for yourself while you are pregnant, PLEASE, hire a Doula. You won¿t be sorry. But, if you do not want to take responsibility for the care that you receive from your doctor or at the hospital then Sarah McMoyler¿s book is for you and we should all go back to having our babies they way my mother did in the 40¿s and 50¿s.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2008

    Not Necessarily the Best Birth

    As an experienced certified doula, I was taken aback with the phylosophy of this book - not surpriseingly written by a L&D nurse. It is yet another attempt to normalize hospital based birth not taking into account that a traumatic birth resulting in a 'healthy baby and mother' or at least a healthy baby can and does lead to an increased risk of postpartum depression. With nearly one out of every three U.S. mothers leaving the hospital after birthing via cesarean section, there has got to be a better and safer way...and ther is. But it is not found in this book.

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