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by Susan McCutcheon-Rosegg,Peter Rosegg

Download Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way: 2 epub
ISBN: 0525242392
ISBN13: 978-0525242390
Category: No category
Author: Susan McCutcheon-Rosegg,Peter Rosegg
Language: English
Publisher: Dutton Adult; 1st edition (June 3, 1985)
Pages: 241 pages
ePUB size: 1242 kb
FB2 size: 1410 kb
Rating: 4.8
Votes: 178
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I loved this book. I read a review during my pregnancy that recommended this along with Husband-Coached Childbirth by Robert A. Bradley. It was a great idea to get both books. The Bradley book was great for my husband and I to read, but I felt like it was mainly there to convince people to have a non-medical birth (which I already wanted). This book offers actual examples and exercises for birth. My favorite part was the various ways that natural birth can start. In the end, I had my natural waterbirth with husband and midwife helping. Reading this book was one of the most important ways I prepared for birth and I highly recommend it to all women :)

Update: I also reviewed this book during my second pregnancy and it helped me rest assured that I could have another natural birth like I wanted. My second baby was born at home in just 3 hours! (I had a waterbirth planned but there was no time for it) I was a little stressed when contractions first started, but with my husband's help, I was able to stay calm. The midwife arrived with one hour left to go, but I could recall helpful illustrations from this book and I was empowered to know exactly what to do for a successful birth!
I bought this book earlier this year on my Kindle. It's a great read. If you use this book and actually get down faithfully with it, I don't think you would need to do classes. My husband and I were working and oh so busy that we barely had time to do this book. A word of advice though - you can never plan and know what labor will be like. The book was clear about that. I think the book can set you up for failure if you think your labor will be textbook, especially if you've never done it before and dont do natural. You just have to have a realistic expectation for your labor.
We were due May 23 and my water broke the evening of April 19, our son was born the next morning at 35 weeks, a late preterm baby. He was in the NICU and came home a week later. He's a healthy wonderful boy but we didn't expect any of that!

I wanted a natural childbirth and used the methods in this book. The hospital staff respected our wishes. But because our son was premature we had to take extra precautions since the water broke first. the doctor kept pushing pitocin on me, which I didn't get because I knew I was dilating quick enough. I guess he didn't think I was but when he returned an hour later I had gone from 3-10 centimeters and took about 15 minutes to push.
Overall, this book helped us understand labor, medical practices and gave my husband the support and knowledge he needed as well, especially if you want no meds in a hospital setting. My husband enjoyed reading this out loud to me! Looking back, this book was spot on with how the female body works in labor so I do highly recommend it. I just want families out there to be realistic and do what's best for them. The most important thing is safety for them and for baby. I just hope that the book doesn't make them feel completely wary of hospitals. We were pretty insecure about having a hospital birth but since he was premature we actually had an amazing experience with the hospital staff and our son's health was taken care for. When it comes down to it, you can take the knowledge from this book, use it and improvise and just get your baby home! Good luck!
Okay. So I'm reviewing this before actually having given birth. As far as the content goes . . . it's just like all the other birthing books--horribly biased and convinced they're the only ones doing it "right," but with the same basic natural birthing principle of working with your body instead of against it. Useful exercises/positions, and I really like the concept of emotional signposts. Only about half of this book is useful and readable, though. The other half of it is either introductory or tearing down some other birth method or other. An entire chapter just to preach the evils of Lamaze? Give me a break. Anyway, it's pretty easy to tell which chapters can be skipped and which deserve to be read. The ones that deserve to be read had the stuff about postures, relaxing, exercises, and emotional signposts. Sounds like useful stuff. Still would recommend, provided you focus more on the method and less on their criticisms of other methods.
My husband and I read this to prepare for the birth of our second child, along with "The Birth Partner" (him) and Ina May's childbirth book (me), and we felt very comfortable and prepared! We didn't do the Bradley class and felt like the book was all we needed. I plan to re-read it if/when we have baby #3.
This book was way too preachy. I knew I wanted to do a natural birth, but I couldn't stand how self-righteous the author came across. It's not terrible to get medication during birth, but I felt like the author was saying if you do you're not doing it right. I ended up having a natural birth, but I just don't appreciate the judgmental attitude. The only portions of the book I used were the relaxation exercises. They helped me learn how to relax and stay calm and they helped my husband know how to help me relax. The pictures were weird and outdated, but my husband and I just laughed at the weirdness. If you're interested in the relaxation exercises and the other exercises in the book, just check it out from the library. Once you've done them a few times you don't really need to reference the book.
I've been reading through 12 different pregnancy books ranging the gamut in methodology from AAP to Ina May. This book has been loaded with factual information, but it's also succinct for how much it covers. It breaks down labor and delivery stages really well.