moment you announce your pregnancy, scary labor stories are sure to
follow you wherever you go. From the lady in line at the grocery
store to all the Moms in your playgroup, each memory is more dramatic
and horrific than the last. Are women doomed to only have dreadful
childbirths, or is there another way?
I truly feel like the wool has finally been pulled from my eyes after reading Tina Cassidy’s Birth: The Surprising History of How We Are Born. With every culture and generation, since babies have been born, there are different ideas and opinions on how women should birth children. Here in Cassidy’s book you’ll find out the real facts and the real “why” things were done the way they were, and “why” certain practices are done in hospitals, homes, and birth centers today.
This book is one of those Can’t-Put-It-Downs. Tina Cassidy will befriend you with her writing style, drawing you in like an engaging conversation. Some chapters I found appalling and nauseating, due to disbelief of the way women delivered their babies- even just decades ago. How much do we as women really know about the history of giving birth? How much is based on myth, fear, or assumption? As you read, you’ll find plenty of facts sure to surprise, such as how 70 years ago women were more likely to die if they gave birth in a hospital than at home! And even (especially!) in our current times, just how informed are we really?
The moment I finished Birth, I felt empowered and ready to finally have the birth I deserve and that my body was designed for (although I am currently not pregnant…) I felt a strong desire, as a woman, to find my place in this mistaken “business” of childbearing. There must be some way I can make a difference. I finally see more clearly, with eyes open, and ready to see.
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