Epidural Without Guilt is the only book that takes the fear and mystery out of pain relief for childbirth. In this groundbreaking work, Dr. Gilbert Grant analyzes the latest medical studies about epidurals and spinals, and presents them in a commonsense, reader-friendly format. Dr. Grant delivers a completely new way to look at epidurals. Instead of focusing only on the riEpidural Without Guilt is the only book that takes the fear and mystery out of pain relief for childbirth. In this groundbreaking work, Dr. Gilbert Grant analyzes the latest medical studies about epidurals and spinals, and presents them in a commonsense, reader-friendly format. Dr. Grant delivers a completely new way to look at epidurals. Instead of focusing only on the risks of getting an epidural, he discusses something few people ever consider: the risks of NOT getting one. Mothers-to-be and even health care professionals may be surprised to learn that epidurals can speed up labor, don't increase the risk of cesarean, can reduce the likelihood of postpartum depression and can help with breast-feeding. In Epidural Without Guilt, Dr. Grant shares insights he has gained from caring for thousands of women giving birth over the past quarter-century, debunks the myths about epidurals and spinals, and explains how women can safely and comfortably enjoy the birth of their child....
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Epidural Without Guilt: Childbirth Without Pain Reviews
A reader-friendly debunking of (some of) the myths surrounding epidurals and, more importantly, of the myth of "enjoyable" birth pain as an extreme sport promoted by today's analgesia-free natural-birth advocates.Some women do suffer miserably during birth pains, and women experience pain differently. It's a well-known fact that tolerating physical pain is much-much more difficult for some people than others. Does the expression individual pain threshold ring any bells? E.g. some people can easily lift a very hot metal lid off a pot with their bare hands, while others simply can't - has nothing to do with being a softy.The most interesting and frightening idea for me was to read about the association between unrelieved extreme pain during childbirth and post-partum depression. Unfortunately most people (including the mothers who experience it!) tend to look at post-partum depression as a whim and fail to see its dangers.Moreover, in this part of the world, in private clinics where doctors prefer the safety of a controlled birth and offer C-section before offering more support for a natural birth (e.g. trying to calm the panicky mother, helping her breathe, letting her walk more frequently instead of forcing her to lie on her back which often makes the pain even more difficult, etc.), probably many unnecessary cesareans could be avoided by natural mammas who adamantly refuse an epidural, considering it a sign of weakness, only to be subjected to a cesarean once they have lost control when the real pain has kicked in.So yes, I agree with other reviewers - this is a book for women who refuse the epidural because of the ideology-inspired myths and not because of the actual risks.There are mothers who succeeded in giving birth naturally precisely because they opted for an epidural at the right time.
A Review of: Epidural Without Guilt: Childbirth Without PainAuthor: Gilbert J. GrantRating: Five StarsGenre: Medical/InformationalDate Published: 2011Series: N/AFrom what I've seen of this book, people either love it or hate it because people either love or hate epidurals. If you are all for natural childbirth, you will not like this book. At all. However, if you want information on modern epidurals and pain relief because you know that natural childbirth is not going to work for you, I would highly recommend this book.I've read some reviews of this book where people claim this author is biased because he is an anesthesiologist. Uh, duh. He's presenting his side of the story, which many times gets WAY overshadowed by natural birthing advocates. But it's no more biased than any natural childbirth book that I have read (I've read several, and they always make epidurals out to be horrible). However, the author never mentions that you HAVE TO get an epidural or other form of pain relief for birth. The author presents information about modern epidurals and lets the reader decide. This is unlike some natural childbirth literature that I have read, which makes the reader feel like a horrible person for even thinking about having pain relief during birth. I've also read reviews where people think this guy is a Big Pharma, money-grabbing doctor that wants to get you hooked on drugs. Come on now. That's a bit ridiculous. No doctor goes into medicine thinking: I want to con people out of money by making them take unnecessary drugs. Sure there are some bad ones. But I would assume that an anesthesiologist goes into that field because they genuinely want to help people deal with pain. I say, more power to them. And I'm sorry, but whatever you try and tell me, giving birth is PAINFUL. Sure, the guy will make a living doing it, and he will make a few bucks on this book, but everyone is entitled to make a living. By the way, do you think these natural birthing advocates aren't getting money on selling books, charging for classes, and so forth? It's a BIG BUSINESS now.There were a lot of misnomers about modern epidurals that were corrected in this book, which I was glad to see. Modern, localized anesthesia is A LOT different than the stuff used in the past (my mom tells me that she can't remember my birth because she was so drugged up, but that was also the 1980s and general pain meds, not a modern epidural). The book also weighed the risks of using these things in a practical way. After reading this book and many others, I finally feel confident about my decision to get an epidural, when to ask for one, and what to expect. Knowing my personality, my tolerance for pain, and my copping mechanisms for challenges, an epidural is the best choice for me. It is not selfish to want one, and I do not feel guilty for planning on getting one. My husband supports me in this decision one hundred percent, and I am now excited about birth instead of anxious about it. :-) -Jesshttp://jessicabrister.blogspot.com/
This was a quick but edifying read. Grant covers the benefits and the risks of an epidural and debunks the myths surrounding them. Best of all he normalizes the experience of asking for pain medication when one is in pain!
This aims to offer the reader an alternative perspective on epidurals. It is also super short and has a free Kindle version (as of Jan 2014), so I decided to give it a read. On the plus side, the author does a good job of describing what an epidural is and why they are not harmful to either mother or baby. On the other hand, he's a bit overly enthusiastic by epidurals — he thinks that every laboring woman should get an epidural as soon as she gets to the hospital.The thing is the author may be right, for the type of birth that he expects a woman to be having, but he assumes a fairly standardized hospital birth experience which does not involve a lot of movement on the part of the mother. He discusses how walking epidurals don't completely immobilize the mother — depending on the strength of the epidural, the woman may still be able to walk around and, regardless, should be able to get to the bathroom, change positions occasionally, and feel herself push. However, many birth positions and intermediate coping techniques would be hindered by being attached to a bag on a pole. The author might claim that these coping techniques are unnecessary if the woman isn't experiencing pain, but the author did not address the point directly.The other weakness of the book is that the author equates pain and suffering. Unlike the author's claims most of the materials I read don't try to make women feel guilty about getting epidurals, but they do try to distinguish between the sensation of pain and the mental experience of suffering. If you are suffering, the general opinion seems to be, of course you should get an epidural. But if you're not experiencing the pain as suffering, you can try these other techniques. Not because the epidural is bad, but because it changes the birth experience in a way that some women don't want.This is probably a good book to read if you worry about feeling guilty if you get an epidural. If what you want is a discussion to help you decide for yourself if and when you want an epidural, then this book, with it's flat recommendations, is not for you. That said, I don't read pregnancy forums and the like.
The other book is for my Turtle's Momma. With her becoming a first time mom and all the questions it brings, I was hoping to give her a lil bit of comfort. There are so many questions that you have then. And it all boils down to the delivery at some point. Gilbert J. Grant M.D. gave us Epidural Without Guilt: Childbirth Without Pain. I know that there is always the issue of what is best for you and what takes away from the experience. And I know she will make that decision. I just want her to know that it is safe if she so chooses to have an Epidural. I myself do not remember childbirth being so awful, but I did not have a normal delivery either. Also I have a very high threshold to pain. Not all do. I see this as personal choice, not a badge of honor of 'I tuffed it out'. So I hope this will help my Turtle Momma to answer any questions she has. And that it helps her make the best decision for herself.
I loved this book, as it gave me a lot of things to think about for when I go into labor. It also gave me some idea of what I want for the birth and the options that are available to me. Further, the information presented has helped me to relax about receiving an epidural by presenting the procedure, the risks, and the benefits in a calm, informative light. A wonderful read for any expecting mom, as the book also addresses pain relief and procedures commonly used for cesareans, whether elective or emergency.
I really liked this book. It discusses the pros and cons of both. I felt it gave me the comfort I needed
I have zero guilt about getting an epidural anyway, but this was an interesting read nonetheless.