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Drawing on her decades of experience in caring for pregnant women, mothers, and babies, Ina May Gaskin's newest book explores the health and psychological benefits of breastfeeding and is filled with practical advice that will help new mothers breastfeed their babies in the most fulfilling way possible.
Inspiring as well as informative, it shows women that by trusting and connecting with their bodies--which are built with the natural ability to feed and nourish babies--they can experience the joys of breastfeeding without fear, inhibition, or embarrassment.
The wide-ranging topics covered here include
-The Benefits of Breastfeeding
-How Breasts Are Made and How They Make Milk
-How Birthing Practices Affect Nursing
-Pumps and Other Products
-Going back to Work
-Nipplephobia: What to do About It
-And Much More
Written by a mother and midwife who has, with her partners, ushered thousands of babies into the world and watched many of them grow, Ina May's Guide to Breastfeeding is a powerful and practical guide filled with helpful advice, medical facts, and real-life stories that will help mothers understand how and why breastfeeding works and how they can use it to more deeply connect with their children and their own bodies.
What you need to know to have the best birth experience for you.
Drawing upon her thirty-plus years of experience, Ina May Gaskin, the nation’s leading midwife, shares the benefits and joys of natural childbirth by showing women how to trust in the ancient wisdom of their bodies for a healthy and fulfilling birthing experience. Based on the female-centered Midwifery Model of Care, Ina May’s Guide to Natural Childbirth gives expectant mothers comprehensive information on everything from the all-important mind-body connection to how to give birth without technological intervention.
Filled with inspiring birth stories and practical advice, this invaluable resource includes:
• Reducing the pain of labor without drugs--and the miraculous roles touch and massage play
• What really happens during labor
• Orgasmic birth--making birth pleasurable
• Episiotomy--is it really necessary?
• Common methods of inducing labor--and which to avoid at all costs
• Tips for maximizing your chances of an unmedicated labor and birth
• How to avoid postpartum bleeding--and depression
• The risks of anesthesia and cesareans--what your doctor
doesn’t necessarily tell you
• The best ways to work with doctors and/or birth care providers
• How to create a safe, comfortable environment for
birth in any setting, including a hospital
• And much more
Ina May’s Guide to Natural Childbirth takes the fear out of childbirth by restoring women’s faith in their own natural power to give birth with more ease, less pain, and less medical intervention.
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