Sunday, March 4, 2012

CHOOSING CESAREAN Book Review by Library Journal

VERDICT: This book is unique in its willingness to openly address the risks of vaginal delivery, making it a valuable addition to any pregnancy- and childbirth-related shelf.

Expectant mothers should keep the authors' obvious preference toward elective C-sections in mind as they process its information.
While this title may not change readers' views of childbirth, it presents an idea worth exploring.—Mindy Rhiger, Mackin Educational Resources, Minneapolis

FULL REVIEW of Choosing Cesarean: A Natural Birth Plan
In this title, physician Murphy (obstetrics & gynecology, Univ. of Calgary; coauthor, Pelvic Health and Childbirth: What Every Woman Needs To Know) and former BBC journalist Hull (editor, argue for one particular method of childbirth they think should be available to all women: elective Cesarean sections (C-sections).

They are quick to point out that they are not advocating for all women to have C-sections; rather, they want women to be aware of the risks and benefits of vaginal vs. C-section births and make evidence-based choices.

Despite the authors' apparent sincerity in their argument and the extensive references they offer to support their case, many readers are unlikely to be swayed.

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