But as soon as you announce you're expecting, you may be bombarded with advice from every angle -- well-meaning friends, relatives, medical professionals, even strangers want to weigh in on what you should or shouldn't do, and it's easy to feel overwhelmed by their conflicting recommendations. This is a great resource! Their services are often covered by health insurance policies. When a conclusion remains uncertain, we have shared their questions and concerns so readers can make their own decisions in the absence of the kind of evidence we ultimately hope will be available. One example prevalent throughout the book is th This was the first book about pregnancy I read so, of course, it is going to influence me more than books I read later. Between lots of reading and a friend who is a doula, I decided to use a midwife and birth center for my first pregnancy. It is very similar in information to The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin, but is directed at the mother, not a partner or doula.
It has been completely revised and updated for a new generation of women who will need its guidance more than ever as they attempt to take control of their health. In addition, I had a serious gastroesophageal complication and wanted my providers to be on equal footing with each other. My only caution is that a lot of healthcare regulations and protocols are specific to the specific hospital and some of the protocols the authors are advocating for may already be the norm for your hospital. We decided to create new books on those topics, starting with Our Bodies, Ourselves: Menopause, which was published in 2006. I found it refreshingly void of scare tactics on that front, even though there was a clear bias towards natural and unmedicated birth. In this new book, we examine childbearing in greater depth than ever before—with up-to-date information about birth in the United States today. We hope that it will inspire you to feel more confident and comfortable about approaching motherhood.
Certain women deserve special mention. Judy Norsigian is the Executive Director of Our Bodies Ourselves. Our Bodies, Ourselves is the organization's core vehicle for driving their mission. Avoid having a provider break your bag of waters artificial rupture of membranes before labor starts or in early labor, unless there is a clear medical reason to do so; early breaking of the bag of waters may increase the likelihood of a cesarean. Medicaid eligibility requirements vary from state to state. Midwives have been attending and supporting women during pregnancy and childbirth, and teaching other women to do so, for centuries. Copies so purchased may not be offered for resale.
This edition reflects the perspective and voices of a wide range of women, and their stories are told through new formats. It certainly has a slant toward natural childbirth, but also lays out all of the options clearly and provides a lot of useful information. From the first weeks of pregnancy through the fourth trimester, the months of early motherhood, Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth offers guidance to help you take care of yourself and make informed decisions. But as soon as you announce youand 8217;re expecting, you may be bombarded with advice from every angleand 8212;well-meaning friends, relatives, medical professionals, even strangers want to weigh in on what you should or shouldnand 8217;t do, and itand 8217;s easy to feel overwhelmed by their conflicting recommendations. I felt listened to and honored and my pregnancy was treated as a natural part of life instead of as a medical disorder.
I found this to be the case at my hospi This is a great look at pregnancy for women who are expecting or planning on expecting. Choosing Your Health Care Provider and Birth Setting 3. If you will be working with a group practice and have a choice, look for one in which all members have comparable education, training, experience, and philosophies of care. Although there are many exceptions, family physicians tend to have lower rates of intervention than obstetricians, and midwives generally have the lowest rates of all. For more information, see Your Birth Team, page 32.
The widespread routine use of medical interventions during labor and birth has failed to improve the safety of childbirth for low-risk women. Since its original publication forty years ago, Our Bodies, Ourselves has sold more than 4 million copies worldwide, and resources based on the book are available in twenty-five languages, in print, digital, and social interactive formats, and Braille. All of these recommendations are good to be aware of and discuss with your provider beforehand so that was good, but find out in plenty of time so you don't waste your time and energy preparing for a fight that you won't have to have. But the more I learned, the more I talked to other women, and the more support I got from my midwife, the more confident I felt. You can talk with other women about their experiences and read birth stories and books about childbirth see Resources, page 325.
In addition, under the medical model, care generally follows a certain routine. Providers who work in medical settings including nurse-midwives are often constrained by hospital protocols such as policies forbidding vaginal births after cesarean sections , insurance requirements, and liability concerns. There are a wide range of medications and nondrug approaches to managing pain in childbirth. It also artfully lays out the reality of women's health as a political issue--one that goes way beyond simply understanding how our bodies work. The Boston Women's Health Book Collective now known as Our Bodies Ourselves is a non-profit organization founded in 1969 whose board members include Teresa Heinz Kerry, Susan Love, and Gloria Steinem. I do wish it had more information week-by-week, rather than one chapter devoted to the experience of pregnancy, but it's a minor quibble.
I found it informative without being overly wordy or technical, filled with useful information, and providing a realistic view of birth for someone like myself who is interested in a natural birth but plans on doing so in a hospital setting, as opposed to many of the natural birthing books I have read which seem to have an unrealistic expectation that women will birth at home or on a c Out of all of the pregnancy and birth books I've read and there's been a few now , this is so far my favorite. I found this to be the case at my hospital with skin-to-skin time, tub use, letting the cord stop pulsing before cutting, etc. Do you have good communication? And I never felt like she had her hand on the door, waiting to go. There are some really great aspects of this book that I like right off the bat, namely, the tone that information is presented in rather than told to you. Advocating for Better Maternity Care 18. An excellent addition to any pregnant woman's must read list.
A strict medical model of care focuses on preventing, diagnosing, and treating the complications that can occur during pregnancy, labor, and birth. During my prenatal visits I would go to her house, sit on the couch in her living room, drink tea. The medical model of birth is prevalent in the United States today. Seek publicly available data about your provider and birth site but understand that numbers do not tell the whole story. It addresses many issues that a pregnant woman can run into, so if she has a particular question, she can likely find a section addressing it in the book. I appreciate the balance the authors of this book struck between being clear as to which choices they considered best but still discussing multiple options and the situations under which those alternatives might be best. If you have a serious medical condition or are at risk for developing such a condition, an obstetrician or maternal-fetal medicine specialist should be on your team.
Each of the many contributors to the text is named individually, chapter by chapter, in the Authorship and Acknowledgments section, which starts on page 338; short biographical statements about the writers are on pages 343—346. As a pregnant woman planning to bring a new life into this world, you are embarking on an amazing journey. The level of inclusiveness of my community--those of us who are queer, trans or gender non-conforming--is remarkable. . Bill also read this one and liked it. But when was the last time you saw a newspaper article titled 3. Assess their willingness to share information and involve you in decision making, and learn their preferences for and how often they perform various types of intervention.