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Gentle Birth Choices: A Guide to Making Informed Decisions about Birthing Centers, Birth Attendants, Water Birth, Home Bir
     

Gentle Birth Choices: A Guide to Making Informed Decisions about Birthing Centers, Birth Attendants, Water Birth, Home Bir

by Barbara Harper, Suzanne Arms, R. N. Harper
 

Barbara Harper outlines the elements of gentle birthing: support from loved ones, a reassuring and quiet environment with soft lighting, and minimal medical intervention. She shows you how to plan a meaningful, family-centered birth experience and discusses the many alternatives available, providing a new model of maternity care that reduces the need for

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Barbara Harper outlines the elements of gentle birthing: support from loved ones, a reassuring and quiet environment with soft lighting, and minimal medical intervention. She shows you how to plan a meaningful, family-centered birth experience and discusses the many alternatives available, providing a new model of maternity care that reduces the need for high-tech crisis intervention and focuses instead on preparation and good health for mother and child.

With Cesarean section rates in some hospitals at more than 50%, women are acknowledging that childbirth reform is an essential aspect of reclaiming responsibility for our bodies and our lives.

Includes information on:

•  Giving birth in a freestanding birthing center, at home, or in a hospital birthing room.

•  Finding a primary care-giver who shares your philosophy of birth, whether midwife, doctor, or both.

•  Deciding how to best use current technologies.

•  Practical advice for couples wishing to explore the option of waterbirth, a choice  that maximizes the attributes of water as a natural, pain-relieving relaxant and an alternative to drugs and their unwanted side effects. 

Editorial Reviews

Michael Odent
Barbara Harper is among the most active, enthusiastic and effective writers and advocates in the field of childbirth education today...
Lamaze International
One of the Top ten recommended books for pregnant women and their families...
Library Journal
Nurse, midwife, and founder of the Global Maternal/Child Health Association (GMCHA), Harper offers her addition to the growing number of alternative childbirth books (e.g., Catherine M. Pool & Elizabeth A. Parr, Choosing a Nurse-Midwife, LJ 5/1/94). Considering GMCHA's focus on water birth, it is not surprising that the major strength of Gentle Birth Choices is its thorough coverage of this birthing technique as an option. Unlike many other alternative birth guides, Harper's book is well documented, citing many well-recognized medical journals. A special plus is one of the appendixes, "Procedures and Protocols for Hydrotherapy for Labor and Birth," and the book also contains a large section of resources. Much of the information not specific to water birth can be found in other works. A nice addition to larger women's health collections but otherwise optional.-KellyJo Houtz Griffin, Harrison Memorial Hosp., Bremerton, Wash.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780892814800
Publisher:
Inner Traditions Bear & Company
Publication date:
01/28/1994
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 7.78(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Harper—midwife, nurse, and mother of three—is the founder of Waterbirth International, a nonprofit organization dedicated to education and research about natural childbirth, including the use of water to ease labor and delivery. She is also the author of the Gentle Birth Choices boxed set with video.

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