Originally Posted by laughymama
I just ordered Ina May's Guide to Childbirth and Ina May's Guide to Breastfeeding. I also ordered Your Best Birth but I've yet to talk to anyone who's read it. So...anyone read it?
I considered ordering Pushed but wasn't sure...but now I think I'll get that one too.
sorry- just realized I'm ddc crashing.
I read Your Best Birth (the Ricki Lake one). It was fairly good, obviously biased toward the most natural birthing situation possible, so there were occasional moments of scare tactics against the "evil hospitals, OB's and old-school nurses".
I think Your Best Birth would be helpful for someone like myself who will be giving birth in a hospital and may be confronting care providers that aren't necessarily on board with natural birthing- it brings up questions and situations with ideas on how to handle them.
There are lots of text boxes throughout the book with helpful hints, and empowering birth stories of celebrities (there is a bit of a celebrity/pop culture theme to the book.. like I would expect it to be on Oprah or something).
For better or for worse, Pushed is more about the rights/policitcs of natural birthing than about actual methods/techniques, especially the last few chapters- they are very activist themed. It's really great info to know about, especially if you need to convince your dh to be onboard with natural birth, but you'll want to read other books in addition to this.