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A Good Birth: Finding the Positive and Profound in Your Childbirth Experience


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ISBN13: 9781583335499
ISBN10: 1583335498
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Drawing on her landmark study involving more than one hundred mothers, a renowned ob-gyn shares the secrets to a good birth.

Most doctors think of a “good” birth only in terms of medical success. But Dr. Anne Lyerly knows firsthand that many important elements are often overlooked. Her three-year study of a diverse group of moms explored what matters most to women during childbirth. The results, presented to the public for the first time in A Good Birth, show what really matters goes beyond the clinical outcome or even the usual questions of hospital versus birthing center, and reveal universal needs of women, like the importance of feeling connected, safe, and respected.


The books wisdom is drawn from in-depth interviews with women with a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences, and whose birth stories range from quick and simple to complicated and frightening. Describing what went well, what didnt, and what theyd do differently next time, these mothers give voice to the complete experience of childbirth, helping both women and their healthcare providers develop strategies to address the emotional needs of the mother, going beyond the standard birth plans and conversations. Transcending the “medical” versus “natural” childbirth debate, A Good Birth turns our attention to the crucial question of what makes the best birth possible.

About the Author

Anne Drapkin Lyerly, M.D., M.A., is associate director of the Center for Bioethics and an associate professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in the departments of Social Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology. She lives in Chapel Hill with her husband and their four sons.

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ConcientiousReader, October 22, 2014 (view all comments by ConcientiousReader)
I enjoyed how this book offers a view of birthing that goes beyond the buzz words of "natural birth" to describe what makes the birthing experience meaningful and empowering to women through research and a collection of women's stories. Rather than offering one static and formulaic view of a "good birth" this work shows how women can make the most of their experiences through reflection and through expressing their needs and desires. A very valuable read especially because it helps the reader discern for herself what type of birthing experience she prefers and how she can make the most of the unpredictable.
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Lyerly, Anne Drapkin
Avery Publishing Group
Lyerly, Anne
Health and Medicine-General
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