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Sunday, December 26, 2010

What I Am Reading...

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)

I am scanning through them all, but the book I am reading is "Ina May's Guide To Childbirth" right now.  I recommend this book to EVERY FEMALE.... anyone that could one day be pregnant, anyone that is pregnant, midwives, obstetriciatians, and nurses (or anyone else connected with birth in any way). 

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. 


  1. I've read her book...and I agree, IT IS A VERY GOOD READ!!!!
    I've had 4 babies naturally & all with a midwife and it is hard,painful work, but everything worth having is hard work...right?
    The best thing about a midwife is they stay with you, encourage you , and want the best for your body!
    Good luck with everything!

  2. Since nothing designed the human body but happenstance, I take issue with the viewpoint that we are "designed" to give birth. In most third world countries, moms and babies die at a rate we would certainly consider alarming here....and serious complications also occur, such as fistula.

    Ina May is a member of a cult, and has lost babies that otherwise could have been saved. Homebirthing is inherently dangerous.

  3. Lisa, this blog and all things I post are directed to my family and friends. If you want to "take issue" with it that is fine... just keep it to yourself. Besides you post no factual information only your opinions that Ina May is part of "cult" and "has lost babies that otherwise could have been saved". The statistics I have do not back that up, but rather state that her MIDWIFERY BIRTH CENTER has better statistical outcomes than our modern day physicians and hospitals. This post is not even about "homebirthing"... simply about childbirth in general. If you are a "friend" you are welcome here; otherwise, I welcome you to read anything you want, but spare the comments that are all about controversy. Thank you and blessings to you!

  4. Shannon congratulations on your upcoming new blessing. I am impressed with the passionate way you are preparing to birth your baby the way you feel is best. Prayers for you! If God has put a homebirth on your heart, which it sounds like he has, and your husband feels good about it then it is the best decision for your family. Blessings to you and your family as you continue this journey.


  5. Quite ironic that I was just looking in my shelf at that very book on Tuesday and thinking to myself I need to read it again! :) Or rather read it period. I began it when I was pregnant with my first but somehow got sidetracked (got Husband Coached Childbirth - The Bradley Method and got distracted reading that one for a bit) and didn't finish it. I didn't know where it was when I was preggo with #2 or #3. I was surprised to see it right there in plain sight on my shelf calling my name this week. Guess I know what I'll be reading next!


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