Sorry... this has nothing to do with our homeschooling. I am actually reading something other than homeschooling stuff! Amazing! ;) I have decided to spend my last trimester of this pregnancy reading books about childbirth. I went to the library as a start and looked there and was surprised that have very little there, so I checked out the FOUR books they did have. Yes, they only had FOUR books on the topic of childbirth. These are the books I checked out:
Active Birth: The New Approach To Giving Birth Naturally by Janet Balaskas (1992)
A Good Birth, A Safe Birth: Choosing and Having the Childbirth Experience You Want by Korte & Scaer (1992)
The Birth Book: Everything You Need to Know to Have a Safe and Satisfying Birth by Sears & Sears (1994)
Ina May's Guide To Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin (2003)
This book is so empowering! Just reading it confirms what I know... that the human body was designed to birth and that the alarmingly high c-section rate in this country is avoidable. When this book was printed the c-section rate in the United States was 24% (2003) and now it is closer to 50% (2010). In the area I live in the hospitals here have a 50% c-section rate. I think they need the read this book because the midwifery center that is run by Ina May is less than 2%. Wow! That ought to make the medical community stand up and listen and want to learn from this! And I must add that this center has been deliverying babies for over 30 years and has had thousands of births. I am tempted to relocate to Tennessee temporarily for the month of March! :)
Please do yourself a favor and read this book! I wish I could buy a copy for every woman I know and even the ones I don't.