Your Birth Plan: A Guide to Navigating All of Your Choices in Childbirth (Paperback)Megan Davidson (author)
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Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 485 g
Dimensions: 227 x 153 x 24 mm
Megan's book marks a paradigm shift in how we think about, talk about, and plan for childbirth. In this non-judgmental, easily accessible guide to navigating pregnancy and childbirth, Megan interweaves her personal narrative, years of experience as a doula, clients' stories, and concrete resources to give expectant families the tools they need to empower themselves in their birth process. Much like parenting, so much of childbirth is beyond our control. This book moves the conversation away from a focus on getting the birth that you plan and towards having a birth that you feel good about. It makes room for the broad spectrum of experiences and actively de-shames the decisions that we each inevitably make as our babies are being born. Truly, it is a work of social justice that supports women and their families and honors their feelings and experiences. As a psychotherapist and a mother of two, I would wholeheartedly recommend this much-needed resource to clients and friends alike. -- Jessica Slatus, LCSW
Megan was my doula for the birth of my son almost 9 years ago and I'll always be grateful for that! After an idyllic pregnancy, his birth was complicated and took many unexpected turns. The combination of Megan's vast knowledge, warmth, and openness made it possible for me to make myriad decisions and leave what might have been a devastating experience feeling like I had the tools to go forward in a way that was right for me. When I became pregnant with my daughter she was the first person outside my family that I called. I credit her vast knowledge and non-judgmental approach with helping me achieve the circumstances that I wanted for my second birth. I think every woman could benefit from Megan's clear-eyed, generous, evidence-based information as they navigate the emotionally fraught period of pregnancy and the exuberant expectations that accompany childbirth. This is a book I'll give to every friend who tells me she's pregnant! -- Annie Parisse, actor, Law and Order, The Following, Vinyl, Friends From College
Your Birth Plan provides a nonjudgmental voice that guides parents to discovering their own priorities as they navigate the decisions they'll have to make in the childbearing year. Davidson strives to outline options while including diverse stories of parents actively making those choices. Control, choice and consent are themes that appear repeatedly in Davidson's book, Your Birth Plan. Through stories and clear, nonjudgmental language parents are guided through the many decisions they'll need to make. Rather than being an inventory and checklist, Davidson reminds people to take into account their values, past medical experiences, and feelings about their bodies and empowerment when making choices. Her supportive voice is clear and consistent throughout the text. Ironically, Your Birth Plan says very little about the piece of paper being submitted to the hospital. Instead it focuses on parent's journey of self-discovery. Who am I? What is important to me? What should I take into account in making these decisions? YBP encourages puts parents to put themselves in the center of their birth experience, rather than yielding to social or medical pressure to have their birth a particular way. -- Amy L. Gilliland, DONA Approved Doula Trainer; Doula Research Fellow, UW Madison Center for Child and Family Well Being
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