When I first got this book, I wanted to skip all the birthing stories in the beginning of the book and get to the second half of the book, the "science" of birthing. But, I forced myself to read all the stories and I am SO SO glad I did!! It allowed me to have a MOST AMAZING, EMPOWERING birth. Even my 11 year old daughter wanted to read the book. We were fighting over the book! It helped her a lot too since she ended up having to assist the birth of her baby brother... He decided to enter the world in a rush and he beat the mid-wife and my husband so she was the main one who attended me and she did an AWESOME job!