Originally Posted by mwherbs
fourlittlebirds I can agree with all the criticism you have said-- there really isn't any simple and clear birth text out there--- the ones you have mentioned are all dated--
Yes, they are! But for some reason they seem to be the most easily accessible. Maybe because all the midwives have purged them out of their collections.
I know I got all my mine used, or they were given to me. I am really past feeling a need to learn about the technicalities of birth, but I am really interested in what other technical texts are out there, and how they rate in accuracy and irritation level from a UC perspective. There's Anne Frye's Holistic Midwifery
-- has anyone read that? Of course, no midwifery text is going to be ideal for a UCer. But there has got to be something out there better than Heart & Hands!
|I also think that she talks about or else in the birth stories are the "emotional trips" some people need to straighten up--I'll look at it and see if I find that part it is the Gestalt method stuff of the era, who wants that sort of blaming harsh interaction in labor?
. Of what little I know of Gestalt theory, it makes some sense to me, I just cringe at the old tired assumptions that dysfunctional labor is always or usually because the mother has emotional issues of her own to work through. It's good to be aware of psychological/emotional issues in oneself. But to imply that a woman is having a long pushing phase (for instance) because she's not ready to be a mother when the real reason is almost surely really a mechnical
one -- in other words, she's wearing herself out trying to make it happen rather than just waiting for it to happen -- these sorts of things drive me batty. I had a long pushing phase with my first and I guess I could have taken to heart some persons' assumption that I was a "tense, controlling type who couldn't let go" (as, for instance, Elizabeth Davis talks about) but luckily I figured out that it only had to do with the fact that I was on my back, pushing voluntarily to coaching, with three people peering and prodding at my privates. Once I was rid of those
"issues", my babies were able to traverse the birth canal in minutes.
|Heart and Hands has some nice illustrations--- or at least the original edition does- the picture of where the baby is I would love to see a series like that with all the positions--
H&H does have beautiful illustrations. My favorites actually are in Spiritual Midwifery. But I wonder, is there a book that has illustrations of a uterus/pelvis in the upright