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Ina May's Guide to Childbirth - Ina May Gaskin

Ina May's Guide to Childbirth

Paperback Published: 1st March 2003
ISBN: 9780553381153
Number Of Pages: 400

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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 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 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.

An Invitationp. xi
Birth Storiesp. 1
The Essentials of Birthp. 127
The Powerful Mind/Body Connectionp. 133
What Happens in Laborp. 143
The Pain/Pleasure Riddlep. 150
Sphincter Lawp. 167
What You Need to Know about Your Pregnancy and Prenatal Carep. 183
Going into Laborp. 204
Giving Birth: Move Freely, Let Gravity Work for Youp. 226
Forgotten Vaginal Powers and Episiotomyp. 248
The Third Stage of Laborp. 258
Benchmarks in Midwiferyp. 264
What You Least Expect When You're Expectingp. 274
Vaginal Birth after Cesarean (VBAC)p. 294
Choosing a Caregiverp. 305
A Vision for Midwifery and Mothers in the Twenty-First Centuryp. 311
Glossaryp. 317
The Farm: Outcomes of 2,028 Pregnanciesp. 321
Evidence-Based Carep. 323
The Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiativep. 325
The Safe Motherhood Initiatives--USAp. 329
Resourcesp. 331
Indexp. 339
Table of Contents provided by Rittenhouse. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780553381153
ISBN-10: 0553381156
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 1st March 2003
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.49

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Ina May Gaskin

About the Author


Ina May Gaskin, MA, CPM, PhD(Hon.) is founder and director of the Farm Midwifery Center, located near Summertown, Tennessee. Founded in 1971, by 2011, the Center had handled approximately 3000 births, with remarkably good outcomes. Ms. Gaskin herself has attended more than 1200 births. She has lectured all over the world at midwifery conferences and at medical schools, both to students and to faculty. She was President of Midwives’ Alliance of North America from 1996 to 2002. In 1997, she received the ASPO/Lamaze Irwin Chabon Award and the Tennessee Perinatal Association Recognition Award. In 2003 she was chosen as Visiting Fellow of Morse College, Yale University. In 2009, she was conferredw with the title of Honorary Doctor by the Faculty of Health and Human Sciences of Thames Valley University in London, England. In 2011, she was chosen as one of four recipients of the Right Livelihood Award (also known as the Alternative Nobel Prize), given in an award ceremony before the Swedish Parliament in Stockholm.

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