Ina May's Guide to Childbirth

Ina May's Guide to Childbirth

Updated with New Material

By Ina May Gaskin

Bantam, Paperback, 9780553381153, 368pp.

Publication Date: March 4, 2003

What you need to know to have the best birth experience for you.
Drawing upon her thirty-plus years of experience, Ina May Gaskin, the nation's leading midwife, shares the benefits and joys of natural childbirth by showing women how to trust in the ancient wisdom of their bodies for a healthy and fulfilling birthing experience. Based on the female-centered Midwifery Model of Care, Ina May's Guide to Natural Childbirth gives expectant mothers comprehensive information on everything from the all-important mind-body connection to how to give birth without technological intervention.
Filled with inspiring birth stories and practical advice, this invaluable resource includes: Reducing the pain of labor without drugs--and the miraculous roles touch and massage play
What really happens during labor
Orgasmic birth--making birth pleasurable
Episiotomy--is it really necessary?
Common methods of inducing labor--and which to avoid at all costs
Tips for maximizing your chances of an unmedicated labor and birth
How to avoid postpartum bleeding--and depression
The risks of anesthesia and cesareans--what your doctor
doesn t necessarily tell you
The best ways to work with doctors and/or birth care providers
How to create a safe, comfortable environment for
birth in any setting, including a hospital
And much more
Ina May's Guide to Natural Childbirth takes the fear out of childbirth by restoring women's faith in their own natural power to give birth with more ease, less pain, and less medical intervention.

About the Author
Ina May is one of the founders and the current president of the Midwives' Alliance of North America. She is a powerful advocate for a woman's right to give birth without excessive and unnecessary medical intervention. Her clinical midwifery skills have been developed entirely through independent study and apprenticeship with other midwives around the world. Ina May and fellow Farm midwives were instrumental in the development of the rigorous Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) certification process. In addition to conducting regular midwifery workshops, her speaking engagements take Ina May from Albuquerque to Zurich to Australia.