Gives expectant parents an overview of the options available, offering up-to-the-minute advice on such matters as physical and emotional preparation, the father's role, avoiding a cesarean birth, and other information. Simultaneous. 35,000 first printing. Tour.Publishers Description
Prepare for a safe and joyful birth-with the help of America's foremost baby and childcare experts Since women enjoy more birthing options today than ever before, the path toward a safe and satisfying birth can be fraught with important decisions. Planning, understanding the resources available to you, and developing your own birthing philosophy can make all the difference. In this comprehensive, reassuring, and authoritative guide, Dr. Bill and Martha Sears, the pediatrics specialists whose books on pregnancy, babies, and parenting have become widely praised bestsellers, thoroughly explore the abundant choices couples face when anticipating the birth of their child. The topics covered in The Birth Book include: * Selecting the right birthing environment and team *preparing physically and emotionally for childbirth *using prenatal tests and technology wisely *defining the father's role *selecting a childbirth class *lessening the discomfort and speeding the process of labor *choosing or avoiding anesthesia *finding the birthing position that's best for you and your baby *decreasing your chances for a cesarean birth *turning a surgical birth into a rewarding experience As the parents of eight children and as medical professionals with nearly three decades of experience, Dr. Bill and Martha Sears are uniquely qualified to answer virtually every question you might have about the birth process. Their one-of-a-kind guide, rich in information as well as inspiration, enables you to plan and create the birth you want.
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.1" Width: 7.74" Height: 0.77"
Weight: 1.25 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 1994
Publisher Little, Brown and Company
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|Disappointing Feb 22, 2008|
|After reading the other reviews of this book, and another by the same authors (The Pregnancy Book), I purchased both, and am dissatisfied with both. Both books are written at about the 8th grade level, and The Birth Book is definitely written with a solid bias towards one school of birthing techniques.|
There's an entire section on "interviewing OBs and deciding which hospital to have your child." For those of us with insurance plans, and a hospital five minutes away, the browbeating about how you're irresponsible and don't care enough if you don't give your OB the fifth degree before allowing him or her to do his or her job, this can be a bit off-putting.
Additionally, the focus on having a "birth plan" and "envisoning your perfect day" comes off sounding a good deal more like planning a wedding than having a baby.
While the book does a good job of presenting a variety of different options that first-time mothers (like myself) might not have considered, I found that talking with my husband's aunt, an OB nurse of 30 years' experience, to be much more calming, simply because the tone of the aunt was one of common sense, while the tone of this book is, well. . . it's hard to characterize without being disparaging, but it's a little flower-power for my tastes.
|more "liberal" than most.... Feb 15, 2008|
|Dr Sears is a bit more "liberal" than most doctors and although I don't agree with everything he says, I liked the information he gave in this book. It helped ease some anxiety for me, especially since Lamaze wasn't offered at my hospital. He prefers a more natural birth, and discussed a lot of the complications and drawbacks to induction, medication, ect. I was induced and was very nervous because of what I had read in this book. My daughter was very healthy at birth, and continues to be, 9 mo. later!|
|The Birth Book Feb 9, 2008|
|This is the best book on birthing I've read thus far. It puts the responsibility back in the hands of the Mother and Father. Most importantly it informs, educates, and supports women in knowing your body is naturally made for birthing. Take control, be informed, and make your birth experience one you want and one you will cherrish forever, that is the goal of this book. I would recommend it to all women, even those on their 2nd or 3rd birth.|
|Fantastic Dec 9, 2007|
|My husband and I plan to use the Hypnobirthing method for our baby girl due Jan 2008. Since you can never plan your birth and everyone is different I wanted to know a general overview of all the other things I could encounter while in labor. This book is FANTASTIC. It's not negative, just the facts. I find I can't put it down. There are so many pregnancy related books out there that have a negative feel to them and this book isn't one of them. I don't think you'll be disappointed. I love this book.|
|good book Nov 27, 2007|
|I found this book to be very valuable. I have been trying for years to overcome a fear of birth, especially since getting pregnant. This book definitely helped. |
I have to disagree with some of the reviews below which state that this book is anti-OB, or anti-hospital, or makes you feel guilty if you have a c-section. Not true. And clearly my OB feels the same way, as he recommends this book to all his patients. Many times throughout the book the authors discuss legitimate situations for c-sections- they simply say that c-sections are over-prescribed, which is true. The goal of the book, stated several times, is for the parents to look back on the birth of their child with happiness, however that happiness is achieved. Success stories involving epidurals and c-sections are included in the book.
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