My doula lent me two of her birth books for our 10 day vacation to San Diego. I read “The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth” first and I loved it.
This book is one that should be read by EVERY woman who is planning to have a baby (in my opinion). Rather then picking up a lame-o book like “what to expect when you are expecting” consider this book instead. It covers pretty much every procedure and medical intervention used in pregnancy and birth, and provides in depth information about where it came from, why they do it, and the risks and benefits. She includes statistics and research to back up all of this information, and the back of the book is purely research studies.
I really liked this book because it didn’t beat around the bush when it came to the facts. You want an epidural/c-section/IV/pitocin/induction/ etc. etc.? Then take the time to learn about each of them first, and then make an educated decision based on what research shows, and what you feel good about.