||The Gentle Birth Choices Video blends interviews with midwives and physicians with six actual births, showing the options of water birth, squatting, home birth, and vaginal birth after prior cesarean.
||Creating a calm, empowering birth for the laboring woman is the primary focus of this refreshing guide. Based in the notion that the less medical intervention there is, the better a birth will go, maternity specialist Barbara Harper shares a variety of options for healthful, happy births, including birth centers, water birth, home birth, and more. With video.
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||Barbara Harper outlines the elements of gentle birthing: support from loved ones, a reassuring and quiet environment with soft lighting, and minimal medical intervention. She shows you how to plan a meaningful, family-centered birth experience and discusses the many alternatives available, providing a new model of maternity care that reduces the need for high-tech crisis intervention and focuses instead on preparation and good health for mother and child.Â With Cesarean section rates in some hospitals at more than 50%, women are acknowledging that childbirth reform is an essential aspect of reclaiming responsibility for our bodies and our lives.Â Includes information on: Â?¢Giving birth in a freestanding birthing center, at home, or in a hospital birthing room. Â?¢Finding a primary care-giver who shares your philosophy of birth, whether midwife, doctor, or both. Â?¢Deciding how to best use current technologies.Â Â?¢Practical advice for couples wishing to explore the option of waterbirth, a choiceÂ that maximizes the attributes of water as a natural, pain-relieving relaxant and an alternative to drugs and their unwanted side effects.Â