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One in three births is traumatic.

It doesn’t have to be that way.

Rebecca planned to give birth at the hospital affiliated with her university, where she was an award-winning nurse researcher finishing her doctoral degree. But hospital practices and policies that were more than 20 years out of date left her with complications that seemed preventable. Worst for Rebecca, her healthy baby was whisked off to a nursery right away. She spent the first few hours after birth begging to see her own baby!

A few years later and pregnant again, Rebecca put her research skills to work and examined the hard evidence on what went wrong with her first childbirth experience.

She discovered shocking truths that not only impact millions of families every year, but would change the entire course of her life.

Embark on a journey with Rebecca as she exposes the stark realities of institutional care during childbirth and reveals inspirational solutions for parents and professionals alike.

©2019 Evidence Based Birth (P)2019 Evidence Based Birth

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Not what I expected or wanted, but still good.

I'm not sure if I read the description incorrectly or what, but this was not the type of book I was looking for, I was searching for a book with information for expecting mothers about approaching labor and child birth without fear. This was NOT that.
I enjoyed the audiobook, The narrator (and Author) are engaging and provide humor and good advice, just not exactly the type of advice that I was seeking.

While the author does discuss her experience in birthing 3 children, as well as adding birth stories from other mothers, it does not offer much advice on the process of labor or "how-to"s. This book is more about the author's quest for evidence based birth and how to ensure you receive hospital care based on evidence and scientific studies instead of care based of common hospital practices (no matter how unnecessary or unfounded). There are several tid-bits of info from research on cultural norms among hospital staff, racial issues in maternity care, the benefits of midwifes and doulas, information about the authors blog called Evidence Based Birth, and her quest to advocate for mothers and seeking change in hospitals.

This book is more of an autobiography; Rebecca Dekker's journey to effect change after suffering from a traumatic birth with her first child.

I think this book would be most useful for those in the medical field, labor and delivery, midwives, doulas, hospital administration, etc.
When it comes to expecting mothers, this book offered more scary birth stories, and less empowering advice for mothers-to-be (in fact it caused me some added fear about what is to come).

After reading/listening to the book, I would seek out the Evidence Based Birth blog, and would be interested in taking the child-birth classes offered from the author. I am sure the author possesses the information that I was seeking, the information just wasn't included in this book like I was expecting.

Good book, glad I listened, but I will have to continue the hunt for an audiobook on how to survive the birth of my first child unscathed and empowered.

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Not as good as I hoped

Felt very self indulgent by the author, ended up speeding through, didn’t keep my attention.

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First half is great for expectant mothers

Very informative, mostly. While I appreciate hearing about the struggle of this author’s process to obtain this important information, I didn’t have the time/desire to listen to it all. After obtaining the pertinent info about laboring and birthing, the rest felt like a historical lesson or memoir. Just not something I have time for during my prep to be a first time parent.

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Informative

I enjoyed the book and learning important information about home birth, hospital birth, and hospital care— up until the systematic racism chapter???? That chapter had nothing to do with birth and I was very confused during that chapter

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You need to listen to this book.

I was recommended this book by a co-worker, I’m currently 27 weeks pregnant and wish I could have found this book sooner. I was hesitant to go to a birthing class or to read books because I did not think I would find the kind of knowledge and information that I was hoping for. I currently have an doctors office with midwives but every time I go they always ask me if I have any questions. I would always say no, because I didn’t even have enough information to have a question from. Now I feel like I have been given so much information on the different processes involved, where I can ask actual questions. I’m so thankful to know their are resources that actually focus on the mother and the baby and not just a fast delivery.

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👏👏👏 WOW! 👏👏👏

Thank you so much for writing this book Rebecca. Your work is incredible. I'm excited to go look into your website.

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Was more about the author than childbirth

Probably a great story but it lost my attention after about chapter 9 with it turned from talking about evidence based childbirth to the authors autobiography. I wanted to hear more about advocating for yourself at doctors appointments and in labor.

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Very useful and evidence-based

I love it!
My favorite part is that it’s not about emotions. And it’s not about opinions.
It’s very A to B:
- here’s the author’s story
- here’s some history of childbirth in the US
- here’s how it’s happening now
- here’s what might be better... and here’s WHY.
It’s very factual. I’m very natural-oriented but I still don’t like when people say that “all doctors are bad” or “all hospitals are evil” or “all natural things are unsafe.” I understand that a lot depends on your situation and health history. There are a lot of well-intended people in the hospitals, as well as out of hospitals. So I’m not a fan of pro- or anti-hospital trends.
But this book gives you data. Not emotions - data. Then it’s up to you.
Whatever type of birth you pick - home, a birth center, a hospital - this book is a must. You’ll have so much understanding and control over the process. Even if you don’t plan to have your baby at home or if it’s not allowed where you live or whatever - I still recommend this book. Yes, if you know you have to go to a hospital, you might freak out after reading it. But it’s better to freak out now, then chill and actually get ready and make that hospital birth as smooth and friendly as possible. It’s better than getting to the hospital when in labour and THEN freaking out.

I feel very empowered. Still listening to it. I actually bought a paper book first, but I have hardly any time to read. So I got an audio book to listen to it when driving. Money well spent.

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Everyone is touched by birth. Read this book!

This is a must read if you or anyone you know is going to give birth. This book is a quick easy read. Not only do you get to hear birth stories but you get a great deal of evidence based birth practices. It also touches on an important topic of secondary trauma experienced by birth workers and compassion fatigue. This was not a required reading for my doula training but it ought to be. Highly recommend!

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A must read for any labor and delivery provider

I am a practicing ob/gyn and think every provider (student, doctor, midwife, labor nurse) should read this and really understand what a powerful impact we can have on a birthing family and the responsibility that comes with that. Every birthing family deserves safe, respectful care with shared decision making and unfortunately that is harder to come by than it should be. For every provider (including myself)who has ever said “she had a healthy baby, what’s the big deal.....” this book is a must

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  • 02-20-20

birth trauma trigger warning

I dont think there were many things wrong with the book - more with me.
listening to the book and the stories of her birth and her recounting other peoples traumatic births has triggered a lot of unwanted memories of my own. so listen with care if you have unresolved issues around the subject

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-23-20

A must read for care providers & Families

Rebecca's journey and research has helped me understand the deeper issues that affect birth. Thank you!

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  • 05-30-20

Excellent!

Really enjoyed reading about Rebecca's pathway to heading EBB. Such a valuable resource for birthing communities and parents.

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  • Rachel
  • 11-24-19

A must-read for mums-to-be

This book will prepare you for a number of ways you could possibly be treated during the birthing process, many of which are truly shocking.
Education equals empowerment and this helps you to prepare with an understanding of what you can expect and how to advocate for yourself or a loved one.
Not only for mums-to-be, this book can also provide a massive insight to those in the birth and medical industry in general. Dehumanisation has long been a problem in the medical industry, and all humans deserve to be treated as autonomous humans with the right to informed consent.
I loved this book and highly recommend it.