I hope you find the information on the following handouts a valuable addition to the topics we cover in class. You are certainly not required to read everything or even ANYthing here. Your baby will come out if you do not read a word!
Nothing here is intended or qualified to replace the advice of your care provider. Seek medical attention for answers to your specific questions.
Please remember that these handouts are for your personal use only. Do not share them with others.
Count the Kicks
Paying attention to movements helps you get to know what’s normal for your baby. Speak up if you notice a change! Learn how to count here.
"Continuous support for women during childbirth" Bohren MA, Hofmeyr GJ, Sakala C, Fukuzawa RK, Cuthbert A. Continuous support for women during childbirth. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2017, Issue 7. Art. No.: CD003766. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD003766.pub6.
Although we cover the basics of interventions in class, I urge you to seek more complete information. Have careful discussions with your care provider about her/his expectations for your birth.
If you are birthing in a hospital, it is imperative that you know about routine interventions, their benefits, risks and alternatives.
If you are birthing at home or in a birth center, you should also be prepared, perhaps more so, in the event that a transport is required.
My favorite books about interventions and evidence-based medicine are written by Henci Goer. Her site is an excellent source of information, as are her books:
Obstetric Myth vs. Research Reality
In her first book, Ms. Goer compares common practices (obstetric myth) to what research actually says about everything from IVs to episiotomy to VBACs (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean). There is a short introduction to the subject, followed by abstracts from medical journals pertaining to the subject. The book is an excellent source of information, but not an easy read and may be difficult to borrow from the library or buy.
Optimal Care in Childbirth: The Case for a Physiologic Approach
More of a scholarly read. Dense, but thorough and more current than either of her other two books.
The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth
This book covers much the same info as the other books. It was published longer ago (mid 90’s) and is presented in a much more reader friendly format. It is also fairly easy to get from libraries or bookstores.
Ina May Gaskin’s Guide to Natural Childbirth
Reader friendly, thorough
Routine Interventions in Benefit, Risk, Alternative Format