Your Best Birth: Know All Your Options, Discover the Natural Choices, and Take Back the Birth Experience

Your Best Birth: Know All Your Options, Discover the Natural Choices, and Take Back the Birth Experience

by Ricki Lake, Abby Epstein
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Your Best Birth: Know All Your Options, Discover the Natural Choices, and Take Back the Birth Experience by Ricki Lake, Abby Epstein

The national C-section rate is at an all-time high of 31 percent. Are all these C-sections necessary, or are some of them done simply for the sake of convenience? Inductions seem to be the norm, but are they always needed? Today, expectant mothers are often left feeling powerless, as their instincts are replaced by drugs and routine medical procedures.

What you are about to discover is that you have a choice, and you have the power to plan the kind of birth that's right for you-whether it is at a birth center, a hospital, or at home. In YOUR BEST BIRTH, internationally known advocates of informed choice Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein inspire women to take back the birth experience, with essential advice on:
· Positive and negative effects of epidurals, Pitocin, and other drugs and interventions
· Inducing vs. allowing your labor to progress naturally
· The truth behind our country's staggering C-section rate
· Assembling your birth team and creating your birth plan.

With chapters such as "Obstetricians: Finding Dr. Right," "Epidurals: You Haven't Got Time for the Pain," and "Electronic Monitors: Reading between the Lines," Lake and Epstein will encourage you to consider whatever your doctor, mother, and best friend may suggest in a new light. The book also includes inspiring birth stories, including those from well-known personalities, such as Laila Ali and Cindy Crawford. Packed with crucial advice from childbirth professionals, and delivered in a down-to-earth, engaging voice, YOUR BEST BIRTH is sure to renew your confidence and put the control back where it belongs: with parents-to-be!

"Abby Epstein and Ricki Lake have taken a wonderful and constructive approach to ensuring an optimal birthing experience. Their language creates a 'climate of confidence' for pregnant women and their families, who must make key decisions about where, how and with whom to give birth in a health care system often unresponsive to our needs. This book is like a good friend giving wise counsel." --Judy Norsigian, co-editor of Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth and Executive Director, Our Bodies Ourselves

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446552134
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 05/01/2009
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,136,731
File size: 568 KB

About the Author

RICKI LAKE is an actress, host of the long-running Ricki Lake talk show, and natural childbirth advocate, based in LA and New York.

ABBY EPSTEIN is a New York-based filmmaker and natural childbirth advocate.

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Your Best Birth: Know All Your Options, Discover the Natural Choices, and Take Back the Birth Experience 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Smilingsally More than 1 year ago
This is a good resource for those who are interested in finding alternatives to hospitals for childbirth. The birthing experience is vividly described and many options discussed. it's heavily slanted in favor of home childbirth. I find one negative and that is when Ricki is describing her child's birth; she uses unnecessary profanity. Otherwise, it's a worthwhile resource.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely loved this book. This book provided so much information and answered my questions. I live how they list the questions you can ask a doctor or midwife. Being able to be informed of my different options has allowed me to feel confident in choosing my birthing preference.
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lady512214 More than 1 year ago
I loved it I have read it twice.
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