Your Best Birth

Title; You Best Birth
Author; Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein
page count; 272 pages
Why I read it; I am having a baby in November
Grade; A

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.

"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 ofOur Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth and Executive Director, Our Bodies Ourselves 

My Review;
I really loved this book. It had new information that I haven't read over and over again. I loved all of the different birth stories and midwife tips. I liked that the book gave a lot of information on pregnancy, birth, breast feeding and drugs used during labor. This was a guilt free book, it made you feel more confidant with whatever method you have chosen to deliver your baby. It was nice to have a book that educates you about drugs used during labor, their benefits and the consequences long and short term. I would recommend this book to anyone who plans on giving birth to a baby. 

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