As a natural childbirth educator in training and a normal birth advocate, I cannot endorse this book. While there is some very good information, there is a definite bent toward extremely "medical" childbirth. This makes sense as it is by the ACOG.
I have to agree that this book leans to the extreme of a medicalized childbirth and pregnancy. If you would like a book that goes into more depth regarding pregnancy, I recommend a book like "The Pregnancy Book" by Dr Sears or "Your Pregnancy Week by Week". If you would like a book that goes into more depth on options for birth and postpartum care, I suggest "The Birth Book" by Dr Sears, "The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth" by Henci Goer, or the book on pregnancy written by Peggy O'Mara.
Krysta S. (KrystaS) reviewed Your Pregnancy and Birth : Information You Can Trust from the Leading Experts in Women's Health Care on
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If someone is having a complicated pregnancy, this would be a good book to read. For the vast majority of women who have normal, healthy pregnancies and (could have) normal non-medical births, this book isn't applicable.
While this book has useful information, it addresses a medicalized pregnancy & birth, and includes some "old doctor's tales" which are not supported, and in some cases are even shown to be dangerous, by research.
As a companion to this volume, I recommend Henci Goer's book Obstetric Myths Versus Research Realities (ISBN 0897894278). It will help you sort out the facts from the opinions.
This is the one pregnancy guide that experts agree on and millions of readers rely upon. Offers the collective knowledge of the leading authority - the 47,000 member American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.