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Is there some kind of easy-to-read "guide" to achieving a vaginal childbirth that I can give to mainstream women birthing in a hospital? I'm in this mainstream forum full of pregnant women...I'm not pregnant but I lurk so I can give breastfeeding advice and info on natural childbirth and stuff like that. Anyways, soooo many of them end up with cesareans and it just bothers me so much - most of which start with inductions, grr. So, anyways, is there a kind of guide like that that's real simple and just has some major tips (induce only when necessary because..., babiesaren't "too big" if "too big" do this and that, etc.)? I guess I could write something up myself but I'm not as knowledgeable on birth as some others are...just something real simple that a mainstream non-reader wouldn't mind reading.
 

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I wrote this so I'm biassed <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> but it is good and apparently not too confrontational, I'm told.<br><a href="http://www.joyousbirth.info/articles/whatisnaturalbirth.html" target="_blank">http://www.joyousbirth.info/articles...uralbirth.html</a>
 

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The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth (by Henci Goer)is actually a really great place to start.
 

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Oh, and then I'd say maybe The Birth Book by William and Martha Sears...it's a <i>very</i> easy read and gives lots of options while still being rather evidence based.
 

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Stole the two I would have said. Another point is that people choose to birth in a hospital. Those that are drawn to alternatives usually find the info, because they are interested and want to know more. A MW I know has told me this type of thing in my response to feeling like I'm protecting my client from the hospital. It's not up to you anyway, the info is there i.e. books to read. However, there is a certain motivation for the next time, and some people have to learn that way.
 

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If you go to <a href="http://www.childbirthconnection.org" target="_blank">www.childbirthconnection.org</a> there is a great article/booklet called What Every Woman Needs to Know about Cesarean section. It has TONS of great information in it about how to have a vaginal birth and avoid all the unnecessary interventions. It is about 20ish pages long. I highly recommend it!
 
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