Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth

Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth By Boston Women's Health Book Collective, Our Bodies Ourselves Pregnancy and Birth ALL THE INFORMATION YOU NEED TO MAKE WISE DECISIONS ABOUT YOUR PREGNANCY AND THE BIRTH OF YOUR CHILD FROM THE EDITORS OF THE CLASSIC BIBLE OF WOMEN S HEALTH Pregnancy and birth are as ordinary and ext
  • Title: Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth
  • Author: Boston Women's Health Book Collective
  • ISBN: 9780743274869
  • Page: 184
  • Format: Paperback
  • Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth By Boston Women's Health Book Collective, ALL THE INFORMATION YOU NEED TO MAKE WISE DECISIONS ABOUT YOUR PREGNANCY AND THE BIRTH OF YOUR CHILD FROM THE EDITORS OF THE CLASSIC BIBLE OF WOMEN S HEALTH Pregnancy and birth are as ordinary and extraordinary as breathing, thinking, or loving But as soon as you announce you re expecting, you may be bombarded with advice from every angle well meaning friends, rel ALL THE INFORMATION YOU NEED TO MAKE WISE DECISIONS ABOUT YOUR PREGNANCY AND THE BIRTH OF YOUR CHILD FROM THE EDITORS OF THE CLASSIC BIBLE OF WOMEN S HEALTH Pregnancy and birth are as ordinary and extraordinary as breathing, thinking, or loving But as soon as you announce you re expecting, you may be bombarded with advice from every angle well meaning friends, relatives, medical professionals, even strangers want to weigh in on what you should or shouldn t do, and it s easy to feel overwhelmed by their conflicting recommendations.Our Bodies, Ourselves Pregnancy and Birth will help you sort fact from fiction, giving you the most accurate research, up to date information, and the firsthand experiences of numerous women who have been exactly where you are today You ll get the tools you need to take care of yourself and your baby during and after your pregnancy, from tips on eating well during pregnancy to strategies for coping with stress and depression Learn everything you need to know about CHOOSING A GOOD HEALTH CARE PROVIDERSELECTING A PLACE OF BIRTH UNDERSTANDING PRENATAL TESTINGCOPING WITH LABOR PAINSPEEDING YOUR PHYSICAL RECOVERYADJUSTING TO LIFE AS A NEW MOTHEROUR BODIES, OURSELVES PREGNANCY AND BIRTH IS AN ESSENTIAL RESOURCE FOR WOMEN THAT WILL GUIDE YOU THROUGH THE MANY DECISIONS AHEAD.
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      Our Bodies Ourselves is a nonprofit education and advocacy organization focused on women s health We aim to combine women s personal stories with reliable, up to date health information, while examining the social and political influences on women s health and well being.

    932 thoughts on “Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth”

    1. I love this book for its empowering tone, blessedly non gendered assumptions about your co parent to be and attention on birth as the main event, with less emphasis on morning sickness and cankles than most books of this genre I feel especially compelled to praise this book because it is the ONLY one of the non queer specific pregnancy books we own or have read that even acknowledges the existence of same sex expectant parents, and it is so lovely not to have to switch pronouns all the time when [...]

    2. Three cheers for feminist pregnancy books While it s not the most informative guide in terms of nitty gritty medical and nutritional stuff, it s an excellent overview for the progressive pregnant gal out there, and gives equal attention and respect to alternative birthing methods, same sex partners, etc I would say there s definitely of an emphasis on birth than pregnancy While it certainly leans towards natural birth, overall it s not as judgmental of medical intervention as some of the other [...]

    3. Out of all of the pregnancy and birth books I ve read and there s been a few now , this is so far my favorite I found it informative without being overly wordy or technical, filled with useful information, and providing a realistic view of birth for someone like myself who is interested in a natural birth but plans on doing so in a hospital setting, as opposed to many of the natural birthing books I have read which seem to have an unrealistic expectation that women will birth at home or on a com [...]

    4. This was the first book about pregnancy I read so, of course, it is going to influence me than books I read later That said, it still stands out as a good book on the topic of pregnancy, labor, and the early postpartum period.I appreciate the balance the authors of this book struck between being clear as to which choices they considered best but still discussing multiple options and the situations under which those alternatives might be best One example prevalent throughout the book is the pref [...]

    5. This is a great look at pregnancy for women who are expecting or planning on expecting It is very similar in information to The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin, but is directed at the mother, not a partner or doula It was comprehensive and informative My only caution is that a lot of healthcare regulations and protocols are specific to the specific hospital and some of the protocols the authors are advocating for may already be the norm for your hospital I found this to be the case at my hospital [...]

    6. another book I read early on while just getting my pregnancy feet wet did a good job sharing and detailing all birth options rather than just the standard hospital delivery route I think this is the book that I ve read with the most info about the stages of birth, tho I did read another book at about the same time PCN the complete guide and may be getting them mixed up.

    7. This book gave a very good overview for everything you need to know about pregnancy It didn t dive deep into any one topic It gave a lot of good resources to look up for help or information The writing was clear and concise using a lot of lists and personal stories It s a great first book to read about pregnancy.

    8. 2.5 2.75 stars.I was again surprised and excited to find this one at our little local library it was just published a few months ago After hearing a great interview with one of the editors on the radio, i was really looking forward to a new go to pregancy recource text, but boohoo, this was not what i was hoping for.Yes, it provides a sensitive, thoughtful, open minded perspective on pregnancy with a pleasant bias toward midwifery but practically speaking, it doesn t provide new or especially he [...]

    9. This book is a MUST OWN for any woman who is pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant It is by far the best book I have found on the market it relies on evidence based science and personal testimonies not weird didactic stereotypes and vague flowery descriptions This is a pregnancy book that will give you the tools to make the best decisions for YOU instead of guilting you into doing something based on the ideology of the writer s It presents the pros and cons of hospital birth vs homebirth vs [...]

    10. Disclaimer to friends and family no, I m not pregnant, yet But you know me, I like to Research All The Things I really, really liked this book It gives a very good overview of the issues involved in pregnancy and childbirth, without getting too bogged down I think it s a really great one to read when you re first pregnant or considering pregnancy, to give you an idea of what areas require research I LOVE the inclusive language, and that a lot of different family situations are represented here [...]

    11. Disclaimer to friends and family I mreading up doing research I ll let you know when there s something to announce now, to the actual review an informative book with a great look at the nitty gritty of pregnancy, with a focus on natural options sometimes it s a little too focused on natural options or rather, gives the short shrift to medical options i.e obgyn vs midwife, hospital vs birthing center I am all for as natural as possible, but would love to still know what medical options are availa [...]

    12. This is a great pregnancy and childbirth resource in the same vein as the original Our Bodies, Ourselves It is gives women and their partners accurate information on all or at least many of their options, not just the medical establishment standard It discusses pain relief using nitrous oxide common in the UK but extremely rare here in the US use of doulas and other birth assistants and the social and political context for supporting mothers and families e.g mentions that the US is one of five c [...]

    13. The information was ok, but I was a little disturbed by the liberal viewpoint E.G the story about a couple whose baby could have been blind, deaf, and mentally retarded, so they felt completely ok with their abortion which is not ok with me, what if that baby had been fine Is life less meaningful because you have a disability And then there was the if your partner is male sex can introduce prostaglandins to induce labor I know their are people out their who have same gender partners, but I didn [...]

    14. There are some really great aspects of this book that I like right off the bat, namely, the tone that information is presented in rather than told to you I appreciate the equal attention to midwives, home births, and hospital options as well as all of forms of childbirth classes and pain management techniques Butere are some aspects that I was a little disappointed with The section on prenatal vitamins and minerals was poor in my opinion There are other recommendations that I feel they should ha [...]

    15. One of the best pregnancy and birthing resources out there No need for all the month by month detailed stuff that many pregnancy books have You can find that all on the internet and it varies so much from woman to woman This book has the nitty gritty details on all the health and procedural options you should be thinking about, how to live, mental health, birthing options and recommendationsd it is quite feminist and ethnically sensitive in its approach It even gives you examples of the things y [...]

    16. I tried to read this book from cover to cover but I think it would have been better to have used it as a reference book It addresses many issues that a pregnant woman can run into, so if she has a particular question, she can likely find a section addressing it in the book I was able to use it to decide on what kind of testing I wanted for my baby when she was still in my uterus I read too much about potential problems, so the book also scared me and made me cry several times That is why I d rec [...]

    17. One of the most informative book on pregnancy and birth It can be a little overwhelming and might be best read in stages But the Boston Women s Health Collective is THE authority when it comes to women s health books An excellent addition to any pregnant woman s must read list Good for first time moms who have no clue what s going on that would be me because it s informative without being judgmental And it leads you to questions with your health care provider and or partner about what you re ex [...]

    18. An excellent, complete resource on pregnancy and childbirth The book presents a lot of factual information and goes to great lengths to present all viewpoints and gives the pros and cons on topics such as prenatal testing, medical interventions, using drugs and or epidurals and breastfeeding I found it especially valuable after a class where the instructor was judgmental toward those who were not 100 percent committed to natural childbirth.

    19. Our Bodies, Ourselves Pregnancy and Birth This came around at the perfect time There are millions of books on this topic, so it s nice to have a trusted source to go to So much better than the classic What to Expect series Among other things, they don t assume your birth partner is a male or even your life partner They focus on birth as a natural process, encourage doulas, and limited medical intervention They do all this without pressuring and judgement.

    20. I kinda wish I could give this four and a half Anyway, it s nice to read a book about pregnancy that isn t panic driven or judgmental, and accepts that maybe some women don t want to be jacked up full of drugs when they give birth I liked the sidebars of stories from real women on a variety of topics I do wish it had information week by week, rather than one chapter devoted to the experience of pregnancy, but it s a minor quibble.

    21. After starting to read and shelving several pregnancy books, this is my definitive favorite In the same style of Our Bodies, Ourselves, this book offers clear and detailed information on the range of options for pre natal care, birth preparation, and interventions during labor and delivery The book includes first hand narratives throughout which give voice to the facts and figures presented.

    22. I appreciate the liberal viewpoints taken with the book, it just can come as a slight surprise to turn a page and see illustrations of sex positions m f and f f can practice while pregnant.Still, the book has a bias towards midwifery, medication free births, etc and tries to discourage otherwise.

    23. I admit, I skimmed in parts of this book I liked the feel of it overall simply because it was very balanced as far as discussing pros and cons of everything, and reassuring that it s okay to make choices that suit you and not base the success of your birth experience on other people s yours can be just as much a success with different choices epidural or not, hospital or not, et cetera.

    24. This is a great resource I sped through it as a refresher during my second pregnancy There is so much useful information in this book I ended up getting out a notebook and made a list of questions for my midwives, either to remind myself or to learn something new about their services I m glad I picked this one from the library.

    25. Definitely one of the best childbirth books I read It certainly has a slant toward natural childbirth, but also lays out all of the options clearly and provides a lot of useful information The focus is much on birth and all of the options that go along with it, than on pregnancy Bill also read this one and liked it.

    26. I ve turned to the general Our Bodies, Ourselves book for years, so this was the first book I read after learning I was pregnant Yikes I was dismayed to find it belongs in the category of scary pregnancy books Everything you eat will harm your baby and Obstetricians aren t there to help you I was sorry I read it and wouldn t recommend it.

    27. Recmomended by my midwife Again, lots of information and stories from real women about every aspect gross and wonderful I got this as an Easter present and I am very happy with it Great supplement to any pregnancy reader.

    28. Lots of good information in an overview format Answers a lot of questions and gives you a good list of questions to ask doctors, midwives, and hospitals And, yes, I am pregnant with number 3, due in December.

    29. This book was given to me by my midwifery practice, and I found it a very informative, quick read I d definitely recommend it Disclaimer I skipped the chapter on Childbearing Loss, in hopes it will never apply to me.

    30. Had to read this for my biology class It was a very informative book Being a woman for 32 years, I thought I knew everything, but this book taught me a lot Something to keep on the shelves.

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