Gentle Birth Choices

Gentle Birth Choices

Book - 2005
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Birth as every woman would like it to be

* Recommended by Lamaze International as one of the top ten books for pregnant women and their families

* Includes a 45-minute DVD of six live gentle births

* More than 32,000 copies sold of the original edition

New parents are faced with a myriad of choices about pregnancy, labor, and birth. In Gentle Birth Choices Barbara Harper, renowned childbirth advocate, nurse, former midwife, and mother of three, helps to clarify these choices and shows how to plan a meaningful, family-centered birth experience. She dispels medical myths and reimagines birth without fear, pain, or violence. Harper explains the numerous gentle birth choices available, including giving birth in an independent birth center, at home, or in a hospital birthing room; finding a primary caregiver who shares your philosophy of birth; and deciding how to best use current technologies. She also provides practical advice for couples wishing to explore the option of using a doula or water during labor and birth to avoid the unwanted effects of drugs and epidurals.

The Gentle Birth Choices DVD blends interviews with midwives and physicians and six actual births that illustrate the options of water birth, home birth, and vaginal birth after a prior Cesarean section. The DVD clearly reveals the strength of women during childbirth and the healthy and happy outcome of women exercising gentle birth choices. It is a powerful instructional tool, not only for expectant parents, but also for midwives, hospitals, birth centers, and doctors.
Publisher: Rochester, Vt. : Healing Arts Press, c2005
ISBN: 9781594770678
Branch Call Number: ANF 618.45 HARP
Characteristics: 301 p. : ill. ; 26 cm


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Jul 29, 2012

The organization is a little strange, but the overall advice is good. If you are interested in natural childbirth, this is not a terrible place to start. Harper used to work in the Portland area and includes Oregon specific information.

Jan 12, 2011

This book was pretty good. It gave a lot of good information and came with the Gentle Birth Choices DVD. It was not my favorite natural pregnancy book so far, but is definitely a good one I would recommend.

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