Oh, I really, really liked Ina May's Guide to Childbirth! After wading through all of the medical issues surrounding the safety of vbac so I could discuss it all with my doctor, I found Ina May's insights and experience to be soooooo refreshing. She's got a blend of earthiness and professionalism here that I like; this book is one I feel I could share with just about anyone, and they wouldn't blow it off as being too ethereal or "out there"
. I didn't really feel that way about Spiritual Midwifery, although I liked that book, too.
Back when I had my first baby (20 1/2 yrs ago, yikes!), there really weren't all of the various options for medicated pain management in labor that there are today (at least, not where I live!). In some ways, I think it was easier then to plan for an unmedicated birth. You found a book like Spiritual Midwifery, or took Bradley classes, and prepared mentally and physically for the work of childbirth. Nowadays, from reading many of the posts on the birth club board I'm a part of on another site, it seems like drugs are so readily available, and accepted, that unmedicated and medicated childbirth are considered almost the same. You go into childbirth with the attitude of doing what you can, and getting whatever drugs you need when you feel like labor's getting too hard too handle.
Maybe I put too high a premium on unmedicated birthing, because I know how important it is to *me*. And I guess it's not that important to everyone! But I wish every pg woman would read a book like Ina May's Guide, or Babycatcher, just to see what childbirth can really be like. It frustrates me that so many women don't seem to care...but maybe that's not really my business, right? LOL.....
Joni, vbac'ing sometime around mid-July