Some brief reviews of books I have read and/or movies I have seen:
The Business of Being Born (2008) directed by Abby Epstein — I thought it was propagandistic in places, but most documentaries are. It was generally well-edited and well-argued with interesting interviews. I watched a few of the made-for-television sequels and they were far less organized and interesting. I gave the full-length documentary 4/5 stars.
Your Best Birth by Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein (2010) — It’s pretty much the movie in book form. It’s well written and easy to read, and it does help you to re-think your options and reconsider medicalized hospital birth. Not that it condemns hospital birth, but it does encourage homebirth and natural birth. However, what really, really bothers me about the book is that Lake and Epstein do not document their many claims. It strikes me as a bit hypocritical to harp on the need for obstetricians to practice “informed consent,” and then not provide much-needed information to their own readers to back up their claims. You can’t tell me that Lake isn’t wealthy enough to have hired a research assistant who could handle this for her. The only excuse is laziness. 3.5/5 stars (and that rating might drop if I discover that their claims are false/exaggerated/made-up)
I gave birth to my first daughter in 2006, at the age of 24. DH and I have decided that it’s getting close to time to try for #2. I am currently finishing my master’s degree, so I kind of want to get to the point where I know my thesis will be done soon, get pregnant, and reward myself with a baby. Things are far from perfect for us right now, but I realize that if I keep on waiting for perfection, we may never have another baby again.
I have an appointment later this month to have my Mirena removed. (I for me at least.) I figure that we will begin trying to conceive (TTC) in January of 2013.
I have been reading pregnancy and childbirth books for the past few months. So far I have read:
- Lying-In: A History of Childbirth in America by Richard W. Wertz and Dorothy C. Wertz (1989) [review]
- Homebirth in the Hospital by Stacey Marie Kerr (2009) [review]
- Natural Hospital Birth by Cynthia Gabriel (2011) [review]
- Your Best Birth by Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein (2010) [review]
- The Doula Advantage by Rachel Gurevich (2003) [review
- Hypnobirthing by Marie F. Mongan (2005) added 11/19/2012 [review]
- How to Choose the Sex of Your Baby by Landrum B. Shettles and David M. Rorvik (2006) added 12/30/2012 [review]
You may look at that list and think I’m a homebirth/NCB advocate, but I’m not. I simply started with their corner of the book market and am working my way around. I’m currently reading Hypnobirthing by Marie F. Mongan (2005), and I think it’s full of crap.
Reading and visualizing my (hopefully) upcoming pregnancy is having a positive effect on me, and I think it may even be readying my body for conception. The entire time that I’ve had the Mirena, my periods have been 1.5-3 months apart, never less than 1.5 months. However, my last two periods have been 29-30 days apart. I began to really think and read up on going through pregnancy again in September.
So, I am looking ahead, and I am hopeful. I had a really terrible experience with pregnancy and childbirth last time, and I’m hoping to change that this time around. I’ll be using this space to talk about what went wrong last time and what I hope to change this time.