The Official Lamaze Guide

The Official Lamaze Guide

Giving Birth With Confidence

Book - 2005
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Baker & Taylor
An official guide to the Lamaze method of natural childbirth identifies potential dangers associated with such obstetrical practices as episiotomies and epidurals, citing the benefits of childbirth without intervention.

Baker
& Taylor

An official guide to the Lamaze Method of natural childbirth identifies potential dangers associated with such obstetrical practices as episiotomies and epidurals, citing the benefits of childbirth without intervention. Original.

Simon and Schuster
The Official Lamaze Guide helps expectant parents experience childbirth with confidence. In clear, easy-to-understand terms, this book dispels the myths that pregnancy and birth are fraught with risk. Lothian and DeVries offer solidly researched evidence to document that common medical interventions (such as pitocin, epidural block, c-sections, IV fluids, and electronic fetal monitoring) often have the effect of putting both mother and baby at greater risk than an intervention-free or "normal" childbirth. In collaboration with Lamaze International, the authors bring decades of professional and personal experience backed by strong research support their views on preparing women for childbirth.

 

iParenting Media Awards 2006 Excellent Product Winner: Parenting



Publisher: New York : Meadowbrook Press, c2005.
ISBN: 9780684031743
0684031744
9780881664744
088166474X
Branch Call Number: WQ 150 L882o 2005
Characteristics: viii, 307 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Additional Contributors: DeVries, Charlotte

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Villainelle
Jun 05, 2012

Frightening, combative, and often factually inaccurate, this is less a helpful manual and more a piece of propaganda. Even approaching this book as someone who already agrees with its basic premise - that many US births are terribly impersonal and over-medicalized and that women need more options - I found the authors' tone and attitude extremely off-putting. "Natural childbirth" is used interchangeably with the phrase "normal childbirth," despite the obvious fact that, statistically, it is not. Women who choose inductions are painted as selfish prima-donnas whose impatience may bring about their child's untimely death. The circumcision section is laden with loaded phrases such as "Don't be fooled into believing your baby won't feel any pain." Hospitals are established quite clearly as The Enemy, and pharmacological pain relief options are barely even discussed, denying readers any chance to make an actually informed decision about the shape of their labor.

In short, the authors have taken the chance to write a helpful guide and squandered it on the creation of a manipulative polemic. This book was a waste of my time.

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