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Gentle Birth Choices: A Guide to Making Informed Decisions about Birthing Centers, Birth Attendants, Water Birth, Home Birth, Hospital Birth

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ISBN10: 0892814802
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Barbara Harper outlines the elements of gentle birthing: support from loved ones, a reassuring and quiet environment with soft lighting, and minimal medical intervention. She shows you how to plan a meaningful, family-centered birth experience and discusses the many alternatives available, providing a new model of maternity care that reduces the need for high-tech crisis intervention and focuses instead on preparation and good health for mother and child."

With Cesarean section rates in some hospitals at more than 50%, women are acknowledging that childbirth reform is an essential aspect of reclaiming responsibility for our bodies and our lives."

Includes information on:


•Giving birth in a freestanding birthing center, at home, or in a hospital birthing room.


•Finding a primary care-giver who shares your philosophy of birth, whether midwife, doctor, or both.


•Deciding how to best use current technologies."


•Practical advice for couples wishing to explore the option of waterbirth, a choice" that maximizes the attributes of water as a natural, pain-relieving relaxant and an alternative to drugs and their unwanted side effects."

Synopsis:

In Gentle Birth Choices, Barbara Harper, a mid-wife, nurse, and mother, outlines the elements of gentle birthing and provides a new model of maternity care that reduces the need for high-tech crisis intervention, and focuses instead on preparation and good health for mother and child. More than 50 black-and-white photographs by Suzanne Arms capture the joy and intensity of birth.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 255-262) and index.

About the Author

Barbara Harper's passion for natural birth led to the founding in 1988 of Global Maternal/Child Health Association, a nonprofit organization dedicated to education and research about natural childbirth including the use of water to ease labor and delivery."She lectures worldwide on maternity care reform and water birth." She lives outside of Portland, Oregon.

For more information on alternative birthing techniques, check out <>Barbara Harper's website.

Table of Contents


Forewordby Robbie E. Davis-Floyd, Ph.D.

Acknowledgments

Introduction


1. Gentle Beginnings
Ingredients for a Gentle Birth

2. The Medicalization of Childbirth
Our Legacy of Birth
From Midwife to Physician
The Promise of Science
Pain Relief: The Era of "Twilight Sleep"
Hospital Births for Everyone
Unraveling Diagnostic Procedures
The Results of Medical Intervention

3. Dispelling the Medical Myths
Myth: The Hospital Is the Safest Place to Have a Baby
Myth: Maternity Care Should Be Managed Only by a Physician
Myth: The Electronic Fetal Monitor Will Save Babies
Myth: Once a Cesarean, Always a Cesarean
Myth: Birth Needs to be Sterile
Myth: Drugs for Pain Relief Won't Hurt the Baby
Myth: An Episiotomy Heals Better Than a Tear
Myth: It's Better Not to Eat or Drink During Labor
Myth: Family and Friends Interfere During Birth
Myth: If You Are Over Thirty-Five, Your Birth Will Be More Difficult
Myth: Boys Need to be Circumcised

4. A Gentle Revolution
Birth without Fear
Birth without Pain
Birth without Violence
Birth Reborn
Birth without Rules
Voice of Protest--Consumers Seek Change

5. Midwifery in America--An Emerging Tradition
The Midwife Model of Maternity Care
Midwifery Education--Education versus Experience
Midwives Confront the System
Midwifery in the Future

6. Water Births
Why Water Birth?
Water Birth History
Beyond the Leboyer Bath
Labor Pools in France
Water Birth Comes to America
Making Waves in California
Water Birth Around the World
Questions Everyone Asks About Water Births
Water Works

7. The Mind-Body Connection
Mind-Body Response
Listening to the Body
Listening to the Baby
Visualization for a Gentle Birth
The Power of Prayer
The Sexuality of Childbirth
Redesigning Prenatal Preparation
Mind, Body, Spirit in Unity

8. Creating Gentle Birth Choices
Planning Your Birth
Consumers Create Choices
Health Care for All Women and Children by the year 2000

Appendix A:Questions to Ask a Doctor
Appendix B:Questions to Ask a Midwife
Appendix C:Sample Birth Plan for a Hospital Birth
Appendix D:Procedures and Protocols for Hydrotherapy for Labor and Birth
Appendix E: Sample Letter to Hospital
Appendix F:Resources
Appendix G:Maternity Health Index

Endnotes

Bibliography

Index

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emailtokelly, March 13, 2008 (view all comments by emailtokelly)
An excellent choice for anyone interested in researching and choosing the best birth options for themselves. This book lays out the pros and cons of various birthing sites, interventions, plus the history and options of healthcare provider options. Gorgeous, informative black-and white photos, eloquently written, a nice balance of historical viewpoints behind the practical tools for pregnancy and birth. Additionally, the appendices are extremely helpful (i.e., Q's to ask a Doctor, Midwife, Sample Birth Plan, Procedures & Protocols for Hydrotherapy for Labor and Birth, Resources, etc.). From my point of view- a doula's perspective- this is a must-have for anyone thinking of becoming pregnant, already expecting, or working with expectant women/ families in a professional setting.
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R Mason, November 21, 2006 (view all comments by R Mason)
I found this book after deciding to have a home waterbirth. I was big pregnant and feeling a bit nervous about the birth part. This book was able to put me at ease. It discusses the hormones that are realeased during labor and how medication or even fear can disrupt the natural hormonal cycle of your body in labor causing a need for pain medicine. This book reinforced my decisions about the way I chose to birth my son. The accompaning DVD also helped prepare my husband and I for our own home birth. My son was not born in the water, but he was born at home, healthy with no complications.

This book discusses everything from the history of midwifery and childbirth and different types of birth. The only comprehensive guide to waterbirth. All the other books in powells only had a paragraph about it. Barbra Harper is a local Portland author, and a very kind person. If you call Waterbirth International to rent a birth tub or spa, you may even get her on the phone. She may even autograph your book like she did mine. Enjoy
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780892814800
Subtitle:
A Guide to Making Informed Decisions about Birthing Centers, Birth Attendants, Water Birth, Home Birth, and Hospital Birth
Author:
Harper, Barbara
Author:
Harper, R.N., Barbara
Author:
Harper, R. N.
Author:
Arms, Suzanne
Author:
Barbara Harper, R.N.
Publisher:
Healing Arts Press Healing Arts Press
Location:
Rochester, Vt. :
Subject:
Pregnancy & Childbirth
Subject:
Gynecology and obstetrics
Subject:
Pregnancy & Childbirth - Childbirth
Subject:
Labor
Subject:
Childbirth
Subject:
Natural childbirth
Subject:
Labor, Obstetric
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references.
Series Volume:
11-68
Publication Date:
19940601
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
55 bandw photographs
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.00 x 8.00 x 1.19 in

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