Prior to reading the book and seeing the movie, Heather had never given the idea of out-of-hospital birth much thought. She received a copy of Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein’s book, Your Best Birth, from the publishers, read a few paragraphs and things changed.
And then, oh God, the worst thing happened. And I didn’t even see it coming, but I’m sitting there reading that book, gritting my teeth, shaking my head when all of a sudden it started to make sense. I started to see just how medicalized labor and birth have become in America AND THERE GOES MY WORLD VIEW.
Heather’s advice to pregnant women:
…if you are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant, GO READ THAT BOOK. From now on when someone asks me what is the one piece of advice I would give to a pregnant woman, it will be: GO BUY A COPY OF THAT BOOK.
IT CHANGED MY LIFE. I’m not even kidding, I’ll say it again: IT CHANGED MY LIFE.
She summed it up with the following.
Making it out alive with a healthy baby was my top priority, of course, but if there was no need for pitocin or an epidural or intravenous drugs or a vacuum or forceps or an oxygen mask or an emergency c-section, then that’s what I wanted.
And really, that’s not a lot to ask.
It’s really not a lot to ask.
Read the post The labor story, part one at Dooce.com. But who are we kidding— you’ve already read it along with the rest of the English-speaking world.