The Best Birth

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"The Best Birth: Your Guide to the Safest, Healthiest, Most Satisfying Labor and Delivery" was released this past April. We were interested in this book because it really takes a different stand from so many of the books we've read. Some reviewers on Amazon are saying it's much more realistic than other books and liberating women from the guilt or regret of an epidural or c-section.The author is Sarah McMoyler, a delivery room nurse for 20 years who also teaches classes based on her McMoyler Method.

Here are just a few of the principles of the McMoyler Method:

• Any birth after which the mother and child are healthy is a success

• You already have the only doula you need—your partner

• The medical staff wants the same thing you do—healthy mom, healthy baby

These principles definitely won't be for everyone, but it is nice to have a different voice out there for women who want to be informed of all of their options. It's available at Amazon. You can also buy The Best Birth DVD featuring her childbirth preparation class on her website.

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