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The Best Birth

The Best Birth
Rating:
3.75 out of 5
3.8
 out of 
5
Customer Reviews for The Best Birth
Review 1 for The Best Birth
Location:simi valley, ca
Gender:female
Age:26 - 35
Status:parent
Kids:1
Lifestyle:full-time parent
Rating: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Date:June 14, 2009
An absolute MUST!
I was given this book by a friend. It is very practical and informative. It made me relax with regards to labor and delivery. This book was also useful for my hubby with the "dad boxes" throughout the book. It gave him some great ideas and pointers about how to be the best partner in the labor and delivery room! I highly recommend women read this before giving birth. I have recommended it to all of my friends.
Review 2 for The Best Birth
Location:Los Angeles
Gender:female
Age:26 - 35
Kids:0
Status:expecting
Lifestyle:office parent
Rating: 
1 out of 5
1 out of 5
Date:November 23, 2010
Very Traditional, non-Progressive Book; Adds Littl
The author is clearly trying to make a name for herself and refers to things constantly as the "McCloyer Method" as opposed to simply stating her views on things. I get the sense she views this book as a branding opportunity more than an opportunity to convey helpful information. Moreover, I find her take on things to be so conventional that it's not even worth reading, e.g., "just turn over the decision about [this or that] to the person at the foot of the bed." Well, if I were comfortable doing that, I wouldn't need to spend the time to read this book. Similarly, if I were content with that answer and didn't want to know anything else, I wouldn't need to spend the time to read this book because it is exactly what everyone at the hospital would tell me.
BOTTOM LINE: If you are looking for information that you cannot get for free, this is not the book for you. If you are looking for information that you cannot get from your doctor or nurse, this is not the book for you. Not exactly sure who it's for . . .
Response from giggle:By laurafcsDecember 6, 2010
In addition to her more than 20 years experience in Labor and Delivery rooms across the country, we value Sarah’s perspective for three main reasons that we find absent in many “method” birthing books and disciplines: (1) her commitment to enabling people to make choices about the birth method that is right for them rather than the method de jour by providing information and keeping the bottom line always about “healthy baby, healthy mom” when it’s all said and done; (2) her practical approach to the inevitable reality that plans are plans and reality is at times something very different so being prepared is in part about being prepared to be flexible; and last but not least, (3) we applaud Sarah’s commitment to the “team” of birthing, whether that’s the wife/husband, partners and/or variety of traditional and new wave health teams that support our growing choices for birthing, and doing so with no judgment.
Review 3 for The Best Birth
Location:Los Angeles, California
Gender:female
Age:26 - 35
Status:expecting
Kids:1
Lifestyle:trend setter
Rating: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Date:June 2, 2009
Great read for first time deliveries!
This book is awesome, funny and a quick read! It really has great helpful tips for delivery and how to get your husband involved and in a role that he will love, not be forced into. I loved this book so much I even took her class in San Fran and it was very fun! She is very open minded and tells you your options and has the 20 years of labor and delivery nursing to back it her advice. This is a great book to read when thinking about your birth plan and not knowing much going in or where to start. I feel very prepared now!
Review 4 for The Best Birth
Location:Chicago IL
Gender:female
Age:26 - 35
Status:expecting
Kids:0
Lifestyle:city dweller
Rating: 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Date:May 27, 2009
Helpful, calming book
I bought this book at the recommendation of Giggle staff shortly after learning I was pregnant. It was all about labor, but was nonetheless comforting to read early on in my pregnancy. The book's message that it's all about a healthy mom and healthy baby, and that there are many ways to achieve that outcome, made me feel that I have many options and helped me think through how to achieve them. It also gave me some great insight into my partner and his role in the process. It has really shaped how he and I have begun to plan for our birth and early days of parenthood together. And that has comforted me at a time when there are a lot of unknowns! I wish I could visit San Fran to attend the McMoyler Method classes in person, but this book is a good option since I can't!