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Natural Hospital Birth: The Best of Both Worldsby Cynthia Gabriel
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These days, many mothers-to-be find themselves torn between the desire for a natural childbirth with minimal medical intervention and the peace of mind offered by instant access to life-saving technology that only a hospital can provide. In Natural Hospital Birth, doula Cynthia Gabriel asserts that there is no good reason that women in North America should not be able to have both. She shows expectant mothers what they can do to avoid unnecessary medical interventions and how to take initiative and consciously prepare for the kind of birth they want to have. Also included are inspiring stories from other women who know firsthand that natural birth in the hospital is possible. With this book, mothers-to-be will be equipped with the knowledge they need to ensure a satisfying hospital birth that they will look back on with peace and joy.
Book News Annotation:
During her doctoral research, medical anthropologist Gabriel (Eastern Michigan U.) spent a year studying birth in Russia, where natural hospital birth is the norm and birth pain is honored. As a doula in Ann Arbor, supporting women in hospital birth, she has also developed insights into birth that obstetricians often lack. Drawing on these experiences--and her own as a mother of three--she offers an informative guide to help women understand the birth process, prepare for giving birth, decrease their fears, develop a birthing plan, gain support from hospital staff, and avoid unnecessary interventions. While written in particular for women interested in having a natural birth in a hospital setting, the text will also be useful for physicians, nurse-midwives, nurses, health policy makers, and hospital administrators. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Mothers-to-be who plan a natural birth at a hospital will benefit from minimal medical intervention, while feeling comforted by the proximity of the life-saving technology that only a hospital can provide. A medical anthropologist, doula, and mother of three, Cynthia Gabriel draws from her disparate perspectives to present Natural Hospital Birth: The Best of Both Worlds. This guide is designed to demonstrate to future moms and medical professionals alike how the hospital is the best place for a peaceful, natural, and safe birth.
A complete and reassuring guide to natural childbirth in a hospital setting.
About the Author
Cynthia Gabriel is a medical anthropologist, mother of three, and a doula who has attended nearly 100 births. With a PhD from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a Post-Doctorate Fellowship from the University of Michigan, Gabriels research focuses on stress during pregnancy among African American women. She served as Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Center for the Childbearing Year, and runs womens and parents support groups. Gabriel is also the founder of Growing Together, a Life Learning Center that offers psychotherapy and life coaching services in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she resides.
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