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Natural Hospital Birth : The Best of Both Worlds (Paperback) (Cynthia Gabriel)

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During her doctoral research, medical anthropologist Gabriel (Eastern Michigan U.) spent a year studying birth in Russia, where natural hospital birth is the norm and birth pain is honored. As a doula in Ann Arbor, supporting women in hospital birth, she has also developed insights into birth that obstetricians often lack. Drawing on these experiences--and her own as a mother of three--she offers an informative guide to help women understand the birth process, prepare for giving birth, decrease their fears, develop a birthing plan, gain support from hospital staff, and avoid unnecessary interventions. While written in particular for women interested in having a natural birth in a hospital setting, the text will also be useful for physicians, nurse-midwives, nurses, health policy makers, and hospital administrators. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Offers expectant mothers seeking natural childbirth in a hospital a detailed look at pregnancy and labor, explaining how to create a mutually supportive relationship among birth-care providers and make informed choices.
Number of Pages: 256.0
Genre: Health + Wellness
Sub-Genre: Gynecology + Obstetrics, Pregnancy + Childbirth
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Quarto Pub Group USA
Author: Cynthia Gabriel
Language: English
Street Date: March 17, 2011
TCIN: 13303285
UPC: 9781558327184
Item Number (DPCI): 248-61-9076

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Lauren4 years ago
If you are an expecting mom who wants to birth naturally, but doesn't have the option to do it at home, this book is amazing. This is my first pregnancy and I have highlighted, underlined, and flagged so many pages that soothe my fears and really help me feel like I can do it even in a hospital set...  see moreof Lauren's review
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