Tuesday, January 31, 2012
eBook Review: Unbound Birth
Pregnancy, labor, and childbirth... women love to talk about it, whether it's comparing notes on aches and pains, reflecting on our deliveries, sharing hospital horror stories (have you ever noticed when someone announces they are pregnant, the nearby women start topping each others' crazy childbirth stories?!), or just plain amazing stories (like my friend who had her baby in the car). Or maybe it's the great debate between proponents of unmedicated childbirth and those who love their epidurals. In fact, I can't count the number of times I have been conversing on this very subject and someone says something along the lines of "Well, you don't hear of too many unmedicated births in hospitals, and I would never have a home birth, so I guess "natural" childbirth isn't for me." In some ways, I have to agree with them, in spite of myself. Let me give a little background... with my first son, I had planned to have an unmedicated birth, but complications arose and plans changed. I had a very difficult and painful recovery and felt sad for quite a while about how things went. With my second son, I knew I wanted to try for an unmedicated birth again, but I knew how easily things could change. I prepared myself as best as I could, hoped for the best, and felt blessed to be able to deliver a nine pound boy (I'm just over 5 feet) without an epidural. There was a huge- positive- difference in my recovery afterwards, and although it was one of the hardest things I have ever done, I felt strongly that doing it that way gave amazing benefits to both me and my baby (My doctor agreed, but that's another post). I was pretty convinced that this was the best way for me personally to birth my children, but I also knew from my four months as a nurse working on a labor and delivery floor (it was my nursing residency, right before I graduated) that things pretty much have to go perfectly for a mother to be allowed to deliver without many interventions pushed on them (that's also another post entirely...). I considered home birth, but felt unsure about it given some of the complications my babies and I had experienced.
Maybe those of you who are mamas or anticipate having children someday have been in a similar boat- having the seemingly impossible goal of an unmedicated childbirth- in the hospital.
Enter Jennifer Yarbrough and her new eBook: Unbound Birth: How to Have a Natural Birth in the Hospital. This is an awesome resource for expectant moms, first time or sixth time, who would love some support in achieving that now-not-so-impossible goal of natural childbirth in the hospital! I was able to review Unbound Birth, and I was happy to discover valuable pregnancy and childbirth information in an easy-to-read format- as if I were just listening to another mom talk. Jennifer (who also happens to contribute to the crafty blogosphere over at The Southern Institute) shares her own natural birth stories, and she details information that is really good on a variety of subjects, including childbirth education, using a doula, tips on relaxation and pain relief during labor, and how to help your baby stay in the optimal position for birth (anyone who has had a breech or posterior baby knows how difficult and sometimes impossible it is to go through labor normally). Jenny also covers creating your own birth plan, and gives tips for good prenatal nutrition and exercise. Unbound Birth is all about empowering you to be able to have the experience you want, and it is packed with great information to know if you want to give yourself the best chance possible to birth naturally in the hospital!
In case you're wondering, the eBook is about 60 pages (it is a quick read) and it costs under $5- not bad! If you're thinking of buying it, it is available as of today, and you can get your own copy by clicking here. (Also check out the Unbound Birth website or follow Unbound birth on Facebook and Twitter.)
I learned long ago that everyone has the right to choose what kind of experience they want while giving birth- and there is no right or wrong way to do it as long as everyone ends up healthy. If you decide that unmedicated childbirth is right for you, and you have concerns, then I suggest checking this book out, and best of luck to you!
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this eBook in return for reading it and posting my review; however the opinions expressed here are my honest feelings and reactions to the eBook.
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