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#1 of 11 Old 05-14-2005, 04:00 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Hey all, I'm trying to decide whether to buy this book. I own "Heart and Hands", "Special Delivery", and "Ina May's Guide to Childbirth", and have read "Unassisted Childbirth" and "The Birth Book" (which only added to my dislike of Dr. Sears). It seems like there's nothing that could be in "Emergency Childbirth" that I haven't already read. Is there a compelling reason why I should get it? It seems like people recommend it pretty often around here.
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I have copy of it. It's a nice summary for dh, very short and easy to understand. A bit out of date, though, wrt to recusitation (sp?).

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I've heard the out-of-date thing too but it's still on my to-buy list because I"ve heard that the things that are antiquated are minimal in comparison to the things that **** hold up. Plus I hear it's good for partners
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Its appeal is that it is straightforward and simple, and also reassuring (a combination that it seems a lot of husbands find appealing.) But if you are already fairly educated about birth there would probably be nothing new in it for you.
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I'm teaching my partner everything I know, and he is reading all my books before the birth. So, I don't think we'll need it. Thanks for saving me some $, y'all. I figured as much about it being redundant.
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I own it. I'm none the wiser for having it in my library. I do think it's simple enough that you could hand it to some stranger on the street and have them assist in a delivery... but really it would be telling them to get out of the way of the woman and trust in nature.
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We felt it was the best book to have for us. It was too the point, black and white -no fluff. The book is like a mechanics guide to birth. We really liked how it talked about leaving the mama alone, and how to handle breech, wrapped cord and stillbirth.
Best phrase in the whole book. 'When in doubt...do nothing" (pg 23)

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I like this book alot, even though it's a bit outdated. it's clear and to the point and gives specifics for different scenerios.

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it's a simple handy little book to have for quick reference.

And my dh wasn't interested in ready "spiritual midwifery" he also said the drawing in Heart and Hands were screwed up. I did teach him everyhting I knew BUT he felt all grown up when I bought him his very own birth manual

Its very straightforward, not out of date and made my guy feel like he know what "he :LOL " was doing, and confident should I loose consiousness or the baby come out ear first. Now WE mothers carring and birthing know that these things won't happen, but dh wasn't the one pregnant or having all the little nudges to tell him things would be GREAT.

I gave our copy to BIL, but it scared the bjesus out of him. Hope to get it back soon....

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I can't add anything new to what has been said above, but I'd buy it... not for you, b ut for dh. It is simple, straightforward and reassuring. It didn't have anything new for me, but made all the difference to dh, who was more than a bit reluctant in the beginning.



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I own it. I'm none the wiser for having it in my library. I do think it's simple enough that you could hand it to some stranger on the street and have them assist in a delivery... but really it would be telling them to get out of the way of the woman and trust in nature.
sadly, 'get out of the way and trust women and nature' is quite a radical response to birth in america. and such grief i feel, that this is so.
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