Easy Labor: Every Woman’s Guide to Choosing Less Pain and More Joy During Childbirth
by William Camann
Ballantine Books, 2006. 311 pgs. Nonfiction
If you are undecided about the pain relief you want to use for childbirth and are looking for information about your options, this book is for you! It starts out with how to choose the facility you will give birth in, then what labor feels like and common fears women have. Next it dives into in-depth information about all the medical options for pain relief and their pros and cons. The chapter for complementary and alternative approaches to pain relief offers a brief overview of different popular methods, what people have said about using each method, and their pros and cons. There’s a chapter just about cesarean sections, and then it moves to a history of pain relief, birth stories from those that attend births, and a chapter about how your healthcare provider can affect your options.
I liked how easy it was to find information in this book. The chapters on medical pain relief were surprisingly detailed and contained a lot of information. I was hoping the chapter about complementary and alternative approaches would be as detailed as the medical chapters, but it makes sense that this book just contains an overview for the alternative methods because they are more complex and require more preparation than medical options. However the book does give enough information about each alternative method to make an educated decision on which approach to look at further. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for enough information to make an educated decision about medical pain relief during childbirth, or someone who is undecided about using an alternative method and would like one place to go to help them make a decision.