Gentle Birth Choices A Comprehensive Book and Video Guide Making Informed Decisions About Birthing Centers, Birth Attendants, Water Birth, Home Birth, Hospital Birth (Paperback)
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|In Gentle Birth Choices, Barbara Harper, a mid-wife, nurse, and mother, outlines the elements of gentle birthing and provides 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. More than 50 black-and-white photographs by Suzanne Arms capture the joy and intensity of birth.|
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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.
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
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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.