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Two midwives present the What to Expect When You're Expecting for homebirths—with a Foreword by Dr. Christiane Northrup.
Birthing is a miraculous time when you and your baby will work together to bring about life. As you finally cradle your precious newborn in your arms, you should know deep in your soul that every decision that brought the two of you to this special moment was yours.
More families than ever are choosing to birth at home. Midwives Jane E. Drichta and Jodilyn Owen answer questions about the kind of care, support, and information you need as you investigate whether this option is right for you. Birth can be an empowering and positive experience, and this book provides gentle guidance, with high regard for your wisdom and ability to successfully navigate your prenatal care, birth, and early mothering.
Enriched with real birth stories from new mothers, The Essential Homebirth Guide offers thoughtful, compassionate advice on a wealth of birthing topics, including:
• Building a supportive homebirth community • Caring for yourself and your baby from your pregnancy through the postpartum period • Communicating about your birthing plans with your midwife, your partner, and your family and friends • Deciding whether homebirth is safe for you • Educating yourself about common pregnancy-related issues • Preparing your home and your family for the big day
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About the Author
Jane E. Drichta and Jodilyn Owen have attended a combined total of more than one thousand births in more than eleven years as doulas, midwives and birth educators. Based in Seattle, they are passionate birth advocates and educators both internationally and in the United States. Their writing has appeared in a number of publications, including the trade journals Midwifery Today and Squat, as well as numerous non-birth related publications.
Table of Contents
Foreword Christiane Northrup, MD, author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom xi
A Note from the Authors xix
Chapter 1 The Story of Homebirth 1
The History of Homebirth 2
Modem Homebirth 5
The Anatomy of Homebirth Today 7
Chapter 2 The Journey Begins 15
You're Pregnant! 16
Choosing a Homebirth Provider and Establishing Care 20
Prenatal Nutrition 26
Chapter 3 Prenatal Care with a Homebirth Midwife: More Than Just the Numbers 33
The Primary Goal of Prenatal Care: Establishing Individualized Norms 34
Relationship Development 37
Welcome to Your Prenatal Visit 41
Chapter 4 Midwifery Care, Homebirth, and the Mother's Community 55
Homebirth and Family 58
From Co-workers to Strangers, Everyone Wants a Piece of Me! 63
Keeping Calm and Cared For 68
Chapter 5 She Said, I Said, They Said-Communication 71
Anatomy of a Discussion 72
Informed Consent: Your Midwife Is Talking to You! 74
The Birth Plan: Sharing Your Hopes and Plans with Your Midwife 80
Because I Said So! Communicating with Your Family About Your Choice to Homebirth 89
Chapter 6 Your Expanded Pregnancy and Birth Team 97
Homebirth and Your Expanded Team 98
Childbirth Education Classes 109
Chapter 7 Special Circumstances 115
Understanding Risk 116
Twins and Homebirth 119
Breech Babies and Homebirth 124
Birth as a Sexual Abuse Survivor 130
Teen Pregnancies 134
Chapter 8 Homebirth After Cesarean 141
Why HBAC? 142
Is HBAC Safe? 147
Finding an HBAC Midwife 152
Finding Peer Support for HBAC 155
Chapter 9 The Big Ten: Common Pregnancy-Related Issues 163
The Emotional Experience of Pregnancy 165
Vitamin D Deficiency 176
Rhesus Factor (aka Rh Negative) 181
Group Beta Strep (aka Group B Strep or GBS) 185
Gestational Diabetes 192
The Thyroid 209
"I think I'm just plain getting sick. What can I do?" 214
Hypertensive Disorders 217
Chapter 10 Labor and Birth at Home 229
Preparing Your Home for the Birth 230
Birth Kits 235
Siblings at the birth or no siblings at the birth? That is the question! 240
After the Due Date 244
Labor and Birth 246
Chapter 11 The Postpartum Period 271
Immediate Postpartum Care 272
Breastfeeding Your Baby 283
What's Next? 286
Newborn Medications and Screening 289
Postpartum Depression 294
Chapter 12 The Story Continues 303
Appendix A Questions to Ask During an Interview 327
Appendix B Further Reading for the Homebirth Family 333
Appendix C Resources for Childbirth Education and Support 335
Appendix D Resources for Higher Risk Mamas with Homebirth Hearts 337
Appendix E The Photos 339
What People are Saying About This
"A foreword by Christiane Northrup, the influential ob/gyn and bestselling author of Women’s Bodies,Women’s Wisdom (2010), ensures that this is no quacky guide to home birth. At a time when C-sections make up an estimated 30 to 50 percent of U.S. births, this book by two midwives and nurse educators puts the power back into mothers’ hands. And it offers guidance to all pregnant women, not only those who plan to deliver at home. Drichta and Owen talk about prenatal nutrition (nix the sugar and processed foods) and urge pregnant women to simply enjoy themselves. They note that, contrary to popular belief, women who miscarry are not at increased risk of miscarrying again unless they experience three sequential miscarriages. They recommend making a “birth kit,” including flexible straws (easier to drink from during labor), a heating pad, and lots and lot of towels. Taking to heart the idea that a picture is worth a thousand words, they tuck in photos of women giving birth at home. Their calm, commonsense advice should make all pregnant women feel comforted and well prepared.
"The Essential Homebirth Guide is…everything women giving birth at home need to know. This book is a practical description of the many factors that need to be addressed when giving birth at home. I could tell that the authors had worked hard to give evidence-based information, and the amount of advice they give is kept at a minimum. … One of the struggles I’ve had when navigating the world of homebirth is that the amount of unbiased reliable information is very small. All midwives have a particular bias that needs to be measured when advice is given, and googling things usually takes you to forums where women are giving out plenty of opinions without much evidence to back them up. … If you’re giving birth at home I would rate this book as essential as Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth, and I can see it being incredibly useful to women giving birth in freestanding birth centers as well."
"This comprehensive and well researched book is precisely what the homebirth community has been craving. It takes you from the decision making months of pregnancy through options for labor and beyond beautifully. What a welcome addition and reference for anyone passionate about homebirth.
"Homebirth is the gold standard by which all birth can be measured. This book is one of the most important books to come out this year. It addresses exactly what women want and need to know about this way of birthing. Birth is a human rights issue and homebirth gives both mother and baby back what rightfully belongs the them, their birth. This book is chock full of current information we have learned about birth in the past few decades. With a good midwife and this book in their hands, families are on the road to a miraculous birth experience.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is one of the best books on homebirth I have ever read.. It is nice to find something contemporary to read, instead of the dated hazy-photo filled books from the 1970's. IN fact, the whole book is slick and modern and very well researched. It is comfortaing and has such a nice tone. If you buy NO OTHER book on homebirth, buy this one. You will absolutely not be disappointed.