Review of Your Best Birth

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Know All Your Options, Discover the Natural Choices, and Take Back the Birth Experience

by Rikki Lake and Abby Epstein

Description (Publisher Website)
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.

Author Bio
RICKI LAKE is an actress, host of the long-running Ricki Lake talk show, and natural childbirth advocate, based in LA and New York.

ABBY EPSTEIN is a New York-based filmmaker and natural childbirth advocate

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One thing I really liked about this book was that the author's used a very down to earth tone and language that provided a very matter of fact, real look at their personal experiences and of other women. Without using a lot of medical terminology they really laid out what an expectant mother can expect of the birthing process. This book is all about knowing what your options are in regard to giving birth. The authors help to sort through the reasons hospitals give your for procedures while giving birth. Knowing these thing ahead of time will help the expectant mother to sort through explanations in that stressful tim

As the author's explain this book is to:
"explore the full spectrum of choices you have in giving birth."
The authors define a
"best birth" as "one where you feel empowered because you know all your options and are confident in the decisions you have made about your birth."
The author's state:
"we believe that you can place the health and well-being of your newborn as your highest priority and still have an optimal, empowering experience that is right for you both - whether that is in your bed, in your bathtub, in a hospital room, or on an operating table."
This isn't your regular pregnancy book. This book does not walk you through the stages of labor, but instead explores your options and empowers you to make choices that you'll feel good about even after the birth of your child.

I wish that this book had been around 20 years ago when I had my kids, it might have saved me from two c-sections. I think for most of us being able to have some control in a stressful, sometimes frightening situation is a plus and anything that can help us in that respect is a valuable resource.

Cudo's to Rikki Lake and Abby Epstein for putting together this book for mothers out there who are wanting more out of their birth experience.

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