Ive been reading Heart and Hands..lots of info about complications, which is useful, but the role of the midwife seems to be very hands on. Which is what I'm trying to avoid by having an unassisted birth. I'm wondering what everyone else thinks about these more midwife driven books (also Ina May Gaskins Guide to Childbirth). What did you take away with you after reading these types of birth stories where the midwifes were so central to the delivery?
I think I had the same initial reaction to some of these books, some of the rhetoric. Just kinda ignore/think of yourself in the mw's position. The info is still very valuable. I had a cervical lip I had to push over my baby's head. I referenced heart and hands while in labor before doing so. It was invaluable to me. I will keep that book with me for the rest of my life, although the pages are stained now :)
A lot of the book is not really too applicable - like forming relationship with clients, birth professional options, etc. But the info about complications, herbs, normal labor progression, etc. I think is great. Same with Ina May's Spiritual Midwifery. I skimmed/didnt care about probably 3/4 of the book, but the other 1/4 is great. Take what YOU need and leave the rest.