A Good Birth: Finding the Positive and Profound in Your Childbirth Experience

A Good Birth: Finding the Positive and Profound in Your Childbirth Experience

by Anne Lyerly


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781583334980
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/01/2013
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.46(w) x 9.12(h) x 0.99(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Anne Drapkin Lyerly, M.D., M.A., is associate director of the Center for Bioethics and an associate professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in the departments of Social Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology. She lives in Chapel Hill with her husband and their four sons.

Table of Contents

Introduction: In Search of a Good Birth 1

1 Control 25

2 Agency 49

3 Personal Security 75

4 Connectedness 111

5 Respect 155

6 Knowledge 191

7 Looking Forward, Looking Back: Birth as Transformation 221

Epilogue: Common Ground: Notes to Maternity Care Providers 235

Acknowledgments 249

Appendix 255

Notes on Sources 257

Glossary 265

Index 267

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"Laced with heartfelt anecdotes and compelling stories . . . Lyerly writes with candor and humility."
The Boston Globe

"Comforting and informational . . . Positive, sympathetic and diverse perspectives for past, present and future mothers-to-be."
Kirkus Reviews
"A Good Birth is like no other book in the pregnancy and birthing literature. Annie Lyerly’s beautiful prose helps all of us understand what we each should do, and expect of one another, to make every birth a good birth."
—Ruth R. Faden, PhD, MPH, Philip Franklin Wagley Professor of Biomedical Ethics and Director, Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics
"A Good Birth radically repositions our understanding of what makes childbirth valuable and meaningful to women."
—Elena Gates, MD, Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, University of California, San Francisco
"A winning and impressive mix of research, insight and personal experience that will be a vital resource both to delivering women and those who attend their births."
—Jeffrey L. Ecker, M.D., Professor, Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, Harvard Medical School
"A Good Birth is a refreshing addition to research on how women who have given birth ultimately perceive and describe their experience."
—Kitty Ernst, CNM, MPH, Mary Breckinridge Chair of Midwifery, Frontier Nursing University

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