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Ina May's Guide to Childbirth

Narrated by: Randye Kaye
Length: 14 hrs and 27 mins
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Drawing upon her 40-plus years of experience, Ina May Gaskin, the nation's leading midwife, shows the benefits and joys of physiological childbirth by showing women how to trust the ancient wisdom of their bodies for a healthy and fulfilling birthing experience.

Based upon the midwifery model of care that recognizes that spontaneous labor in healthy women cannot be improved upon, Ina May's Guide to Childbirth gives expectant mothers comprehensive information on everything from the all-important mind-body connection to how to give birth without technological intervention-as well as how to know when such intervention is necessary.

Filled with inspiring birth stories and practical advice, this invaluable resource includes:

  • Reducing the pain of labor without drugs and the amazing role that touch and free movement play.
  • What really happens during labor.
  • Orgasmic birth-testimonies from those who experienced it.
  • And much more...
©2003, 2019 Ina May Gaskin (P)2019 Tantor
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Not helpful only encouraging natural birth not happy with this purchase at all especially when I’m being induced and am happy with medical intervention find it a bit insulting

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-02-2020

Read the actual book

I bought the book. Reading it was more soothing due the voice sounding very robotic. The information is very calming... it’s just the actual voice that distracted me.

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  • James
  • 28-02-2020

Solid book, but be careful of stories at the beginning!

Despite the author saying that her book is full of positive stories, there are at least three birthing stories that are not great to listen to as a pregnant. One story in particular ends in hospice care and eventual death for a baby. My hormones were not prepared for this story.

Let your partner go through these stories and tell you which ones to listen to, if you’re feeling sensitive and wanting positivity only.

The rest of the book is insightful and empowering I will say!!!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-05-2020

awesome, incredible, awe inspiring

Such an awesome book. Eased many of my concerns and gave me strength in knowing I am a woman!

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  • Rachel
  • 03-05-2020

Better than I expected!

Surprisingly informative & backed by scientific evidence, not "hippie-ish" as some reviews led me to believe

A little negative in views of hospital births, mostly concerns that I didn't experience

Lots of personal stories, really enjoyed these especially

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  • La'Shay S. Crayton
  • 16-04-2020

Amazing and encouraging.

Just what I needed to prep. The writer is so encouraging but respect the boundaries of individual needs without pretending to be a medical doctor. Loved every minute of this book. This book encouraged my faith in Gods beautiful design of women.

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  • Kati Zetzman
  • 09-03-2020

So informative.

I love the mix of birth stories and factual medical information. I enjoyed the point of view and how the author was not biased towards medical professionals while working alongside of them. Absolutely love this book. Highly recommend.

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  • Betony's Mac Book
  • 29-01-2020

Pregnant? Must-read!

This book is mind blowing. 5 stars everywhere but performance as I'm not a huge fan of the narrator but you'll get used to her. The information in this book is so liberating and will give every mother the confidence she needs to make the decisions necessary for the birth she wishes. No sugar coating here. This book covers it all!

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  • paige
  • 12-01-2020

Such an incredible book!

Wow! So much great info! Makes me wish i could have a home birth with Ina May as my midwife! The audio was odd and kind of computerized but i didn’t notice it after about 10 minutes.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-01-2020

Computerised narrator!

I’ve heard great things about this book but shall have to read it, the voice of the narrator of the audiobook seems to have been put through a computer. It’s hideous to listen to.

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