As an OB/GYN, Dr. Allison Hill has delivered thousands of babies; as a mom, she's given birth to her own two children. Hill has a unique perspective on the many questions moms have surrounding pregnancy and childbirth-especially when it comes to "going natural." Drawing on her twenty years of expertise as well as current medical data, she weighs the pros and cons of the range of options available-hospital or birthing center; MD or midwife. Covering everything from understanding a doctor's bias to medical interventions (what's necessary-and what's not) to home births, Hill debunks common myths and provides insight into hot-button issues and a keen look into why doctors do what they do. Your Pregnancy, Your Way helps parents-to-be achieve a safe and healthy delivery.
|Publisher:||Da Capo Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
Dr. Allison Hill received her MD from Loyola University in Chicago and completed her residency in OB/GYN at Los Angeles CountyUSC School of Medicine. Dr. Hill is board-certified and a Fellow of the American College of OB/GYN. She is a past Chairman of the Department of OB/GYN and currently serves as the Vice Chief-of-Staff at Good Samaritan Hospital. She was also one of the featured doctors on the acclaimed Discovery Health Network reality show, Deliver Me. Dr. Hill has been in private practice for more than 15 years. The mother of two children, she enjoys spending time with her kids, yoga and running.
Sheila Curry Oakes is a writer who has collaborated on books with numerous experts in the fields of women's health and wellness, parenting, and personal growth. A former publishing professional, she lives with her family outside of New York City.
Table of Contents
1 What Does A "Natural" Birth Mean, Anyway? 1
2 Science, Emotion, and Tradition-And How They Influence Your Ob-Gyn 11
3 Natural Choices-About Eating, Exercise, Environment, and More 23
4 Choosing Who, Where, and How-From MDs to Midwives, Hospitals to Home 69
5 Is This Test or Intervention Necessary? 117
6 Expecting the Unexpected-Pregnancy Risks and Complications 143
7 What You Need to Know, and Need to Ask, About Labor 185
8 Interventions in the Delivery Room: Exception or Rule? 215
9 The Unpredictable, Wonderful, Very Special Day 259
10 After Delivery 277
11 Solutions for a Better Birth Experience 319