The photo that I share with you today is somewhat of an intimate one. It is my daughter, Aliza Emmanuelle, born in 2010, just seconds after she entered the world. I feel such a sense of awe and a rush of emotions whenever I look at it, as I remember the incredible other-worldy experience that was her birth.
True to my wishes, my wonderful doctor passed her to me immediately for skin-to-skin bonding and breastfeeding, which we enjoyed for the first hour or two after birth before they did the exam and weighing, etc. I had many specific desires for her birth because I wanted to have my first natural birth (my son’s birth in 2008 was fairly mainstream, involving induction and an epidural, etc). I was able to have the natural birth I desired with my daughter, but it took much planning and thought and determination.
Recently Jenny from The Southern Institute blog contacted me and asked if I’d be willing to do a review and giveaway of her e-book here at Red & Honey. I was happy to oblige, since it is all about that very subject: how to have a natural hospital birth.
From the time I had my first child to now being nearly 35 weeks pregnant with our third, my views have drastically shifted concerning childbirth. I am now a firm believer in the superiority of out-of-hospital births, and of drug and intervention-free labour and deliveries. I believe that a pregnant woman is not a medical emergency, and that her body was designed to give birth. I believe that it can be an incredible experience.
However, I have many friends who (for whatever reason) are just more comfortable with birthing in a hospital, but yearn still for a natural birth. They want to find a happy middle-of-the-road approach, and are not quite sure how to achieve it. In an environment that is more prone to the use of drugs and unnecessary interventions, it is essential to be educated beforehand about the process. This book helps you do just that. Jenny birthed three children naturally in a hospital, and had great experiences.
In her book she quotes the following:
Cynthia Gabriel, author of Natural Hospital Birth: The Best of Both Worlds wrote:
“My research indicates that between 40 and 65 percent of women say during pregnancy that they would like to give birth naturally, yet only one percent is willing to choose home birth. Two hundred fifty thousand North American women want what only a tiny percentage achieves: natural childbirth in a hospital.
There are so many woman who have that desire for natural births but don’t end up having them, and the reasons are too numerous to list. There are steps that you can take to understand and be prepared, and this book helps you to do exactly that. It is inspiring, encouraging, and practical all at once. I enjoyed reading through it and I think you would too!
Jenny is generously giving away a free copy to a reader here at Red & Honey. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below telling me if you enjoyed your birth experience or not (or if you’ve never had one – then tell me if you are afraid or not).
Giveaway has now ended – the winner was Lindsay!
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