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Gentle birth choices

Author: Barbara Harper
Publisher: Rochester, Vt. : Healing Arts Press, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book   Visual material : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In Gentle Birth Choices Barbara Harper, nurse, former midwife, and mother of three, helps parents to plan a meaningful, family-centered birth experience. The DVD blends interviews with midwives and physicians and shows six actual births, including water birth, home birth, and vaginal birth. A powerful instructional tool for expectant parents, midwives, hospitals, birth centers, and doctors.
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Genre/Form: Popular works
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Nonfiction
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Material Type: Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource, Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Barbara Harper
ISBN: 1594770670 9781594770678
OCLC Number: 68711425
Description: xviii, 301 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm + 1 videodisc (DVD : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.)
Details: System requirements for accompanying videodisc: DVD.
Contents: Foreword / Robbie David-Floyd --
Introduction --
1. Gentle beginnings --
Wonderfully made --
Ingredients for a gentle birth --
2. The medicalization of childbirth --
Our legacy of birth --
From midwife to physician --
The promise of science --
Pain relief : the era of "twilight sleep" --
Hospital births for everyone --
Unraveling prenatal testing --
Medical legal dilemma --
The results of medical intervention --
3. Dispelling the medical myths --
Myth : the hospital is the safest place to have a baby --
Myth : maternity care should be managed only by a physician --
Myth : the electronic fetal monitor will save babies --
Myth : all babies should be born on or before their due date --
Myth : drugs for pain relief won't hurt the baby --
Myth : once a cesarean, always a cesarean --
Myth : an episiotomy heals better than a tear --
Myth : birth needs to be sterile --
Myth : the older you are, the more difficult your birth will be --
Myth : it's better not to eat or drink in labor --
Myth : family and friends interfere during birth --
Myth : the baby needs to be observed in a newborn nursery --
Myth : baby boys need to be circumcised --
4. A gentle revolution --
Birth without fear --
Birth without pain --
Birth without violence --
Birth reborn --
Birth without rules --
Birth with consciousness --
Women take back their births --
5. Midwifery in America : a growing tradition --
The midwives model of maternity care --
The evolution of midwifery --
Midwifery revolution --
The politics of midwifery --
A midwife for every mother --
6. Waterbirth --
Why waterbirth? --
Waterbirth history --
Beyond the Leboyer bath --
Labor pools in France --
Making waves in the United States --
The United Kingdom takes the plunge --
Waterbirth around the world --
Questions everyone asks about waterbirth --
Just for providers --
The future of waterbirth --
7. The mind-body connection --
Womb ecology --
Mind-body response --
Listening to your body --
Listening to your baby --
Mind-body preparations for a gentle birth --
The sexuality of childbirth --
Holistic prenatal preparation --
Mind, body, spirit in unity --
8. Creating gentle birth choices --
Planning your birth --
What women want --
Consumers create choices --
Health care for all women and children by 2015 --
Appendix A. Questions to ask a doctor --
Appendix B. Questions to ask a midwife --
Appendix C. Sample birth plan --
Appendix D. Sample letter to hospital --
Appendix E. Resources.
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In Gentle Birth Choices Barbara Harper, nurse, former midwife, and mother of three, helps parents to plan a meaningful, family-centered birth experience. The DVD blends interviews with midwives and physicians and shows six actual births, including water birth, home birth, and vaginal birth. A powerful instructional tool for expectant parents, midwives, hospitals, birth centers, and doctors.

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