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Our Bodies Ourselves Launches New Book on Pregnancy and Childbirth

 cover of Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth

Our Bodies Ourselves, the organization that for almost 40 years has provided indispensable information on women's health and sexuality, has published a new book, Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth.

The new book addresses the questions and needs of women during pregnancy, childbirth, and the “fourth trimester” of early motherhood.

“This book presents the most up-to-date and accurate information on pregnancy and childbirth. Our Bodies Ourselves is renowned for objective information that is presented without influence of pharmaceutical or other interests aside from those of women themselves,” commented Judy Norsigian, Executive Director of Our Bodies Ourselves.

"The widespread routine use of medical interventions during labor and birth has failed to improve the safety of childbirth for women who are at low risk for medical complications. Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth dispels many common misconceptions about maternity care and provides women with the information they need to make wise decisions and approach birth with confidence.”

Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth addresses a wide range of topics, including: 

  • Choosing a provider and birth setting.
  • Making decisions about prenatal testing.

  • Arranging for continuous labor support.

  • Exploring options for pain relief.

  • Recovering from birth.

  • Adjusting to life as a new mother.

The book also provides an overview of maternity care practices in the United States and examines why some aspects of the care most women receive are not based on the most reliable research on what is safe and effective.

Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth is already drawing praise from both mothers and physicians:

From Timothy RB Johnson, MD FACOG, Bates Professor and Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Professor of Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan: “The trusted Boston Women’s Health Book Collective has written a comprehensive, accessible, and up-to-date book for expectant mothers. It balances important facts, scientific data, and evidence with the voice of the ‘wise woman’; and it provides questions to ask, issues to think about, and options to consider and discuss. This is the #1 book I am going to recommend to my patients.”

From Tina Cassidy, author of Birth: The Surprising History of How We Are Born: "As a new mother myself, I appreciated all the scientific evidence that was used to back up recommendations or to question standard practices. And yet this book manages to be a smart, readable guide that is not preachy -- a rarity for pregnancy books."

The United States cesarean section rate hit a record high of more than 31% in 2006. This  coincides with the first rise of the maternal death rate in decades.  Women seeking to have a vaginal birth after a previous cesarean increasingly find that hospitals are denying that option, despite clear evidence that such a choice may be safest for women and babies.  At the same time, facilities and services that provide high quality support and care are making possible safe and satisfying birth experiences for women and their families. To learn more about the book and to discuss current controversies in maternity care, please join us at one of the many book parties being held in cities across the country. 

For more information, please contact Wendy Brovold at 617-245-0200 ext. 13 or email wendy@bwhbc.org.






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