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The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth
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The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth


As an intelligent woman, you are probably used to learning as much as you can before making major decisions. But when it comes to one of the most important decisions of your life--how you will give birth—it is hard to gather accurate, unbiased information. Surprisingly, much of the research does not support common medical opinion and practice.

Birth activist Henci Goer gives clear, concise information based on the latest medical studies. The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth helps you compare and contrast your various options and shows you how to avoid unnecessary procedures, drugs, restrictions, and tests. The book covers:

Breech babies
Inducing labor
Electronic Fetal Monitoring
Rupturing Membranes
Coping with slow labor
Pain medication
Vaginal birth after a Ceasarean
Deciding on a doctor or midwife
Choosing where to have your baby
and much more . . .

Title:The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:384 pages
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  • Rachel
    Feb 12, 2008

    This book was so helpful! While Goer clearly states her bias for "natural" childbirth in the introduction (in a very nice, straightforward way), as someone who hasn't ruled out an epidural, I didn't f...

  • Danielle
    Feb 20, 2013

    History: I had a birth where with some minor interventions. Preparing for my second birth, I'm striving to be intervention-free (again), so I'm reading in order to remind myself, rather than taking a ...

  • Courtney
    Jul 14, 2009

    The main point the author seems to make is that women who don't know their options end up not having any. The author admits to being biased in her interpretation of research, as she is an advocate of ...

  • Crystal
    Jun 19, 2008

    The reason this book only gets 3 stars is not because I didn't think it was helpful, but because the subtitle states that it is an "unbiased" view. However, the author is completely biased, and I got ...

  • Jenna Jenks
    Nov 23, 2007

    The Thinking Woman's Guide is, in my opinion, one of the best ways to prepare oneself for the choices involved in childbirth. Many women may not realize the draw backs to common birth practices, but t...

  • Andrea
    Mar 30, 2013

    HORRIBLE! Please stay away from this book by all means, as it grossly exaggerates the risks of routine medical interventions during hospital birth while it downplays the dangers of real emergencies li...

  • Kendra
    Feb 10, 2009

    Okay, I read this book after reading Pushed. I am pregnant for the second time and am trying to educate myself on childbirth options. This book was informative and thorough, with plenty of sources cit...

  • Mark
    Sep 11, 2009

    A thorough if biased book that describes how obstetricians are prone to treat pregnancy and labor as an illness rather than a natural process through medical techniques such as artificial induction, e...

  • Ethan G
    Apr 05, 2017

    "The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth" By Henci Goer is a very funomonal and educatunul Guide for women who are expectig!! I would very much recumend this book to anyone who is a women that is...

  • Menner
    Jan 10, 2009

    This book is incredibly informative and helpful. The author is openly biased towards natural child birth, but she supports her case with unbiased and meticulous research (which she documents and refer...