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The national C-section rate is at an all-time high of 31 percent. Are all these C-sections necessary, or are some of them done simply for the sake of convenience? Inductions seem to be the norm, but are they always needed? Today, expectant mothers are often left feeling powerless, as their instincts are replaced by drugs and routine medical procedures. What you are about to discover is that you have a choice, and you have the power to plan the kind of birth that's right for you-whether it is at a birth center, a hospital, or at home. In YOUR BEST BIRTH, internationally known advocates of informed choice Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein inspire women to take back the birth experience, with essential advice on: · Positive and negative effects of epidurals, Pitocin, and other drugs and interventions · Inducing vs. allowing your labor to progress naturally · The truth behind our country's staggering C-section rate · Assembling your birth team and creating your birth plan. With chapters such as "Obstetricians: Finding Dr. Right," "Epidurals: You Haven't Got Time for the Pain," and "Electronic Monitors: Reading between the Lines," Lake and Epstein will encourage you to consider whatever your doctor, mother, and best friend may suggest in a new light. The book also includes inspiring birth stories, including those from well-known personalities, such as Laila Ali and Cindy Crawford. Packed with crucial advice from childbirth professionals, and delivered in a down-to-earth, engaging voice, YOUR BEST BIRTH is sure to renew your confidence and put the control back where it belongs: with parents-to-be! "Abby Epstein and Ricki Lake have taken a wonderful and constructive approach to ensuring an optimal birthing experience. Their language creates a 'climate of confidence' for pregnant women and their families, who must make key decisions about where, how and with whom to give birth in a health care system often unresponsive to our needs. This book is like a good friend giving wise counsel." --Judy Norsigian, co-editor of Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth and Executive Director, Our Bodies Ourselves

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Genre: Health & Fitness
Author: Ricki Lake
Publisher: Grand Central Life & Style
Release: 2009-05-01
File: 272 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780446552134

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Move over Lamaze and Bradley! Already taking the west coast by storm, the McMoyler Method offers a modern, medically savvy approach to labor and delivery that addresses the hopes and fears of today's expectant parents.The Best Birth prepares couples for what will be one of the most astounding, least predictable events of their lives, using simple principles such as: Any birth after which the mother and child are healthy is a success You already have the only doula you need The medical staff wants the same thing you do-healthy mom, healthy baby With the McMoyler Method, there's no guilt or regret for choosing an epidural or having a C-section; it's about helping moms cope, involving partners every step of the way, and working with doctors and nurses for the best birth-no matter how it happens.

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Genre: Family & Relationships
Author: Sarah McMoyler
Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books
Release: 2008-04-22
File: 272 Pages
ISBN-13: 0738211214

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There is no right way or best way to give birth, but if you’re pregnant, you’re likely already hearing advice and stories about what you should do, how you should feel, and what you should want from your birth experience. Your Birth Plan is an intervention: it’s a birth book that equally honors all paths and all pregnant people, guiding and empowering you to make informed decisions, without judgment or prescription, for your own positive birth experience. Long on information, short on opinions, Your Birth Plan is a how-to guide filled with practical descriptions, insights, stories and tips to make it easier for you to pick where, with whom, and in what way you would like to give birth. Your Birth Plan is comprehensive and free from judgment and prescriptions. It offers unbiased information about all birthing options, including birthing in a hospital, at home, or in a birthing center; having an epidural or an unmedicated birth; induction of labor; vaginal or Cesarean birth; and more. This is a new, inspiring, inclusive, and much-needed guide to help you plan for a birth where you are empowered to make your own choices and to have your needs met, whatever they are.

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Genre: Health & Fitness
Author: Megan Davidson
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Release: 2019-06-08
File: 336 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781538121580

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Definitive guide for preparing to help a woman through childbirth, and the essential manual to have at hand during the event.

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Genre: Family & Relationships
Author: Penny Simkin
Publisher: Harvard Common Press
Release: 2001
File: 337 Pages
ISBN-13: 1558321950

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Work out what kind of birth you really want, and learn how to maximize your chances of getting it, in this refreshing, warm and witty guide to pregnancy, birth and the early weeks. Packed with vital and cutting-edge information on everything from building the ultimate birth plan, to your choices and rights in the birth room; from optimal cord clamping, to seeding the microbiome; from the inside track on breastfeeding, to woman-centered cesarean, The Positive Birth Book shows you how to have the best possible birth, regardless of whether you plan to have your baby in hospital, in the birth center, at home or by elective cesarean. Find out how the environment you give birth in, your mindset and your expectations can influence the kind of birth you have, and be inspired by the voices of real women, who tell you the truth about what giving birth really feels like. Challenging negativity and fear of childbirth, and brimming with everything you need to know about labor, birth, and the early days of parenting, The Positive Birth Book is the must-have birth book for women of the 21st century.

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Genre: Childbirth
Author: Milli Hill
Publisher:
Release: 2017-03-16
File: 352 Pages
ISBN-13: 1780664303

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Have a safe, healthy, and comfortable pregnancy. Written by two physical therapists with over twenty years of combined experience helping women ease sore feet, aching backs, incessant peeing, and many other uncomfortable conditions, Your Best Pregnancy provides simple solutions and easy exercises to help women feel their best from head to toe. Through detailed photographs, illustrations, and down-to-earth advice that is both medically substantiated as well as easy to understand, you will learn how to: Treat the most uncomfortable symptoms during pregnancy, such as back and shoulder pain, bladder issues, night cramps, sciatica, swelling, and varicose veins. Maintain a healthy pregnancy, even while on bed rest. Correctly strengthen the pelvic floor and core to prevent diastasis recti. Nurse, lift, and care for a baby (or babies) using proper body mechanics to avoid strain and injury. "Your Best Pregnancy is fun, interesting, and supportive. It feels like sitting down with a knowledgeable and trusted friend to talk about all the challenging and usually-not-discussed issues of pregnancy. We keep a copy at our practice to offer advice to patients." óMARC LEVIN, MD, FAMILY PHYSICIAN, MATERNITY CARE COORDINATOR, INSTITUTE FOR FAMILY HEALTH "A must read if you're pregnant or just had a baby and wonder why your body feels the way it does!... A perfect go-to book for every pregnant woman, whether it's your first or fourth pregnancy." óSTACEY J. FUTTERMAN, PT, MPT, WCS, BCB-PMD, OWNER OF 5 POINT PHYSICAL THERAPY PLLC IN NEW YORK CITY "Your Best Pregnancy is like having two best friends on speed dial who just happen to also be physical therapists, and in Hoefs' case, an experienced mom. They give new and professional mothers the scoop on all things health, with an approachable helping of medical knowledge and a touch of sass." óLESLIE GOLDMAN, MPH, WOMEN'S HEALTH WRITER, LESLIEGOLDMANWRITES.COM

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Genre: Health & Fitness
Author: Jill Hoefs, MPT
Publisher: Demos Medical Publishing
Release: 2014-10-23
File: 192 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781617052033

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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.

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Genre: Family & Relationships
Author: Cynthia Gabriel
Publisher:
Release: 2017-08
File: 272 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781558328815

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Pregnant and looking to optimize your experience? Wondering what you can do to improve your outcomes during birth and recovery? Longing for more than 2 to 3 sentences on pelvic floor exercises? There's a full chapter! Find out what this pelvic floor physical therapist wants you to know to have your best pregnancy ever. Are you hoping to get practical, easy-to-implement ideas that make you feel empowered about yourself during this time?If you answered YES to these questions, then you would benefit from this book.Whether this is your first pregnancy or your fifth, this pregnancy book aims to empower you with healthy habits from a pelvic floor physical therapy standpoint.Sure, there are already pregnancy books out there that are filled with every possible detail you may want to know, but not everyone has time for that. Oftentimes those thick books get put off. This book is different from the others.This pregnancy book is a quick, easy read for my pregnant mamas out there wanting to start developing some healthy habits right now. You'll find plenty of options and variations for you to make these habits your own. This book was written to give you insight into what people mean when they say just listen to your body. It's meant to give you a way to listen to that voice and know how to modify or ask for help.Your body was meant to do this! The tips provided in this book will allow you to embrace this time and connect with your body in a healthy and inspiring way.This book is essential for all women who are thinking about getting pregnant and those who are currently pregnant at any stage. Although titled and specific to pregnancy, this book can be helpful for those who had their babies long ago or women who don't plan to be pregnant because most of these healthy habits are beneficial for everyone.Pelvic floor physical therapist, Jen Torborg, PT, DPT shares pregnancy tips based on research and insights from clinical experience. You can apply these easy-to-follow habits to have your best pregnancy, birth, and recovery. In this book, you will learn about 1. Breathing: how embracing your breath can affect your body and mind including your breathing during labor and birth2. Pelvic floor exercises: how knowing your pelvic floor can improve your health3. Common vs. normal: Know the difference between what is common - a lot of people pee their pants during pregnancy and after childbirth, but leakage of urine is never normal. Treatment is out there if things get out of whack!4. Exercise: how to move in ways that feel good to you and improve your outcomes now and during recovery5. Sleep: easy-to-adopt strategies to improve and prioritize your sleep6. Nutrients: how to nourish your body and your baby with quality food and drink7. Posture and alignment: how to adjust your posture for your best pregnancy experience8. Self-care: why it's important to make self-care an approach and a philosophy vs. another item on your checklist9. Preparing for birth and recovery: perineal massage and stretching, labor and birthing positions including how to breathe, what to expect and do postpartum - why the 6 week check-up isn't a magic numberThis book also includes a FREE Best Pregnancy Checklist so you can apply the healthy habits described in this book and monitor your progress.Are you ready to have your best pregnancy ever?

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Author: Jen Torborg
Publisher:
Release: 2018-06-05
File: 88 Pages
ISBN-13: 1720824487

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‘Marie Louise is a dream come true for any parent with her uncanny ability to simplify the most important and complicated questions’ Emma Bunton, co-founder of Kit and Kin Whether you are planning for a baby, just found out you are pregnant or well into your third trimester, this book will help you to feel confident, informed and inspired about your exciting journey ahead. Through years of work with families, Senior Midwife Marie Louise reveals the key things that will make the biggest, most positive difference to you and your baby as you navigate these life-changing months. As well as this, Marie Louise is renowned for bringing complex science to life. You’ll discover fascinating facts that underpin everything you and your baby will go through, including - - How your nervous system is synced with your baby and why baby already knows a lot about you when they are born - The unique process your baby goes through to pass through the birth canal and how you work together in labour - Incredible facts about breast milk Packed with the most up-to-date findings and expert insights, you'll find everything you need to prepare for motherhood and, most importantly, understand and appreciate just how amazing you and your baby both are!

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Genre: Health & Fitness
Author: Marie Louise
Publisher: Random House
Release: 2020-03-05
File: 368 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781473573321

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Drawing on a landmark study involving more than one hundred pregnant women and mothers, a renowned OB/GYN synthesizes the secrets to a good birth—medically and emotionally. Most doctors are trained to think of a “good” birth only in terms of its medical success. But Dr. Anne Lyerly knows firsthand that there are many other important elements that often get overlooked. Her three-year study of a diverse group of over one hundred expectant moms asked 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. Bringing a new perspective to childbirth, the book’s 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 didn’t, and what they’d 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 paves the entryway to motherhood, turning our attention to the deeper and more important question of what truly makes for the best birth possible.

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Genre: Health & Fitness
Author: Anne Lyerly
Publisher: Penguin
Release: 2013-08-01
File: 288 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781101609040

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