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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Book Review | The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth


Hey guys! How was your Memorial Day weekend? I hope yall didn't miss me too much (or maybe I do) with my odd blog post schedule last week and taking the three day weekend off to enjoy with my little family. We were a little busy enjoying dinner Friday night with our besties, clothing/gaming thrifting on Saturday (but had no luck), surprise visit to the in-laws on Sunday since they couldn't make it to us due to back road flooding (they're country folk and don't do freeways) and lastly taking Little Love to the Downtown Houston Aquarium on Memorial Day. Although it was mostly for our enjoyment, there were a few moments where she just stared and followed the little fishies swim around in their tanks. And lets not talk about how the white tiger jumped on the glass wall and growled right in front of someone's face.

Now about today's post, after doing a book review last week on The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, I decided to do a more thorough book review on The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth. If you been around you will remember me briefly discussing this book as one of my pregnancy must haves.


The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth

If you are in need of help on preparing a birth plan, this book is for you. If you are weighing the options of a medicated versus unmedicated birth, this book is for you. If you are trying to decided from a Cesarean versus Vaginal or Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC), this book is for you. If you are expecting or deciding to become pregnant, this book is for you. You basically get the picture, right? No matter what your birth plan may or may not look like, Henci Goer (the author) puts all the information you need to know in one place with an Appendices at the back of the book which has research summaries and cited resources. She does this for those of us who would like to make our own evaluation "and don't like taking anyone's word for it" but your just as fine only sticking to the chapters and skipping the Appendices if research isn't your thing as she has done all of it for you.

Goer has also laid out the book in such a way that reading every chapter isn't necessary (but if you know me and my OCD tendencies, I have to read from front cover to back cover) so you can skip around to the chapter you would like more information on. Goer's mission for this book is to "give you knowledge to make informed choices for you and your unborn baby" as some doctors can be biased and only tell you enough for you to let them take the lead in your pregnancy and labor & delivery. But what I like most about this book is even though Goer isn't neutral on the subject at hand, she presents enough research for you to make your own decision about each procedure so you can decide what is right for you and your family.

So if you really want to take this labor & delivery thing seriously (even if you don't, you should) instead of just going with the flow, I highly suggest you take a look at this book and learn your options based on facts not speculation or because your grandma auntie said this this and this. Educate yourself ladies.

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