In the meantime, I've decided to celebrate by holding a little giveaway!
In 2007, Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein released the groudbreaking documentary The Business of Being Born, an eye-opening look into the American childbirth experience. Now they continue the mission of informing women about their birth options with the amazing book, Your Best Birth.
Of all the pregnancy-related books I've read over the years, this ranks as one of my top five favorites. The focus of the book is to give as much information as possible about the choices every woman has (or should have) regarding childbirth to help the reader make the best decisions for her and her baby. Homebirth, birth center, hospital, c-section or VBAC (vaginal birth after c-section)...it's not a question of what's "best", but what's best for you. And that's something I believe in strongly.
I've had six children now. My first three were hospital births, my last three were homebirths. I've used a midwife once, and gone "unassisted" with my husband twice. Would I advocate that for everyone? Certainly not! What matters to me is seeing more mothers (and fathers!) informed as to what's involved in the birth scenario, and having as much information as possible to plan for the birth experience that works best for them.
So in the hopes of helping someone else "take back the birth experience", and to celebrate my adorable Mary's Birth Day, I'm giving away one copy of Your Best Birth!
To enter, simply leave a comment on this post. If you really, really want to win, here are a couple of ways to get extra entries:
One extra entry for following me on Twitter and leave a comment with your ID, so I know it's you!
Subscribe to my blog via email or feed subscription (again, leave a comment and let me know.)
For TWO extra entries, leave a comment telling me any of the following:
What was your best birth experience? (Or how do you imagine it will be, if you haven't had any children yet.)
What was your worst?
How did (or will you) pick your child's name?
Comments will be open until 5pm Eastern, Friday, August 14th.
Sorry, but U.S. residents or shipping addresses only.
For the record, this is not a sponsored giveaway. I was not contacted by Ms. Lake or Ms. Epstein (I wish!), or representatives of either to promote this book. I'm doing this solely on my own initiative, because I'm just that passionate about seeing more women be as well informed as possible.