Natural Hospital Birth, Updated Edition shows how to apply the guidelines and tactics of natural birth in a hospital setting, where 99% of births take place. 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 should not be able to have both.
Cynthia 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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About the Author
Cynthia Gabriel is a doula, a childbirth educator, a medical anthropologist with a Ph.D. from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and a mother of three. She attends births and leads women’s and parents’ support groups in the Ann Arbor, Michigan, area, where she lives with her family. She is the author of the best-selling book Natural Hospital Birth.
Table of Contents
Foreword Timothy R. B. Johnson, M.D. vi
Part 1 Preparing for You Baby's Birth 1
1 You Can Dolt 3
2 Feeling Safe 11
3 Getting Attached to Your Birth Plan 20
4 Creating a Supportive Team 49
5 Extra Support for Special Circumstances 75
Part 2 Giving Birth 99
6 What Labor Feels Like: A Guide to Sensations 101
7 Early Labor: At Home 117
8 Active Labor: Taking You Time 148
9 Active Labor: Coping with Meaningful Pain 155
10 Active Labor: When Progress Slows 172
11 Active Labor: Concerns about Your Baby's Heart Rate 185
12 Pushing and Giving Birth 191
13 After Labor 203
Part 3 Pulling It All Together 219
14 Birth Your Way 221
Appendix Common Medical Interventions and How to Avoid Them 233
Recommended Resources 247
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.
What a unique and valuable book. All parents to be should read it. Informative, down to earth. Wonderful!
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.