Friday, May 1, 2009

Giveaway! Your Best Birth by Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein

Forward by Jacques Moritz, OB-GYN

The national C-section rate is at an all-time high of 31 percent. Are all these C-sections necessary, or are some of them done simply for the sake of convenience? Inductions seem to be the norm, but are they always needed? Today, expectant mothers are often left feeling powerless, as their instincts are replaced by drugs and routine medical procedures.

What you are about to discover is that you have a choice, and you have the power to plan the kind of birth that's right for you-whether it is at a birth center, a hospital, or at home.

Internationally known advocates of informed choice Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein inspire women to take back the birth experience, with essential advice on:
· Positive and negative effects of epidurals, Pitocin, and other drugs and interventions
· Inducing vs. allowing your labor to progress naturally
· The truth behind our country's staggering C-section rate
· Assembling your birth team and creating your birth plan.

With chapters such as "Obstetricians: Finding Dr. Right," "Epidurals: You Haven't Got Time for the Pain," and "Electronic Monitors: Reading between the Lines," Lake and Epstein will encourage you to consider whatever your doctor, mother, and best friend may suggest in a new light. The book also includes inspiring birth stories, including those from well-known personalities, such as Laila Ali and Cindy Crawford. Packed with crucial advice from childbirth professionals, and delivered in a down-to-earth, engaging voice, this book is sure to renew your confidence and put the control back where it belongs: with parents-to-be!

My Review:
This is a good resource for those who are interested in finding alternatives to hospitals for childbirth. The birthing experience is vividly described and many options discussed. it's heavily slanted in favor of home childbirth.

I find one negative and that is when Ricki is describing her child's birth; she uses unnecessary profanity. Otherwise, it's a worthwhile resource.

If you would like to buy a copy, click below.


The generous folks at Hachette Book Group are allowing me to host this book giveaway for five (5) copies!
  • Winners are restricted to the US and Canada. No PO Box mailing addresses, please.
  • Leave your email address in code in your comment (Please do not ask me to look it up! It's the only thing I ask of you.) Example of email in code: you[at]yourmail[dot]com
  • I'll close the comments at 6 PM EST May 19th and pick the winners. I will contact the winners via email to get their mailing information. The winners will have three days to respond. If I do not hear from a winner within three days, I will select another winner(s).
  • If you're interested, just say so in a comment with that all-important email address in code.


Debs Desk said...

I think my daughter would like to read this she is going to have a baby. Please include me in your giveaway.

Erin A said...

I would love to read this! Thanks for the giveaway!


Renee G said...

I'd love to give this to a friend of mine that is expecting.


Miranda said...

My Sister in Law needs to read this!

Smilingsal said...

Winners are: Debs Desk, Erin A, and Renee G