There is no shortage of natural birth books. I should know. My bookshelves are full of them and, as an obstetrician who cares for a large number of women wanting natural births, is my business to know what is in them. I definitely have my favorites and regularly refer my patients to one book or another, depending on their needs. However, as I worked to build support for naturally laboring moms within my delivering hospitals and tried to offer my patients better options and techniques for working through their unmedicated births, I found the supply of books and information about natural birth lacking. Here are some of the main challenges I discovered:
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Dr. Michelle Aristizabal is a board-certified General Obstetrician and Gynecologist in Montclair, NJ. She is the author of Natural Labor and Birth: An evidenced-based review of the natural birth plan and runs a busy, private practice, with a special focus on supporting women who desire low-intervention, un-medicated births.