Synopses & Reviews
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.
"Laced with heartfelt anecdotes and compelling stories . . . Lyerly writes with candor and humility."
—The Boston Globe
"Comforting and informational . . . Positive, sympathetic and diverse perspectives for past, present and future mothers-to-be."
"A Good Birth is like no other book in the pregnancy and birthing literature. Annie Lyerlys beautiful prose helps all of us understand what we each should do, and expect of one another, to make every birth a good birth."
—Ruth R. Faden, PhD, MPH, Philip Franklin Wagley Professor of Biomedical Ethics and Director, Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics
"A Good Birth radically repositions our understanding of what makes childbirth valuable and meaningful to women."
—Elena Gates, MD, Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, University of California, San Francisco
"A winning and impressive mix of research, insight and personal experience that will be a vital resource both to delivering women and those who attend their births."
—Jeffrey L. Ecker, M.D., Professor, Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, Harvard Medical School
"A Good Birth is a refreshing addition to research on how women who have given birth ultimately perceive and describe their experience."
—Kitty Ernst, CNM, MPH, Mary Breckinridge Chair of Midwifery, Frontier Nursing University
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.