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Published to widespread acclaim, Tina Cassidy's smart, engaging book is the first world history of childbirth in 50 years. From evolution to the epidural and beyond, Tina Cassidy presents an intelligent, enlightening, and impeccably researched cultural history of how and why we're born the way we are. Women have been giving birth for millennia, but that's about the only constant in the final stage of the great process that is human reproduction. Why is it that every culture and generation seems to have its own ideas about the best way to give birth? Cassidy explores the physical, anthropological, political, and religious factors that have and will continue to influence how women bring new life into the world.

©2006 Tina Cassidy. Recorded by arrangement with Grove Atlantic, Inc. (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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  • 02-24-16

important historical work, fascinating and fun

really interesting and informative historical work. it was well researched and written, and I thought also it did especially well at being non-biased regarding birth choices and care providers, when all was said and done.

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Very Informative

The author presents an enormous, multi fasceted topic in a well organized consice manner. The research, statistics, anecdotes flow smoothly in this comprehensive compilation The narration is well done

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great!

I really enjoyed it. It was very interesting and easy to follow. I love historical books, and this one has become my top one.

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good, informative read... with a clear bias

good, well-researched, informative read... but with a clear bias towards using a midwife for child birth.

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Not recommended for first time expecting moms

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

if you are planning or interested to be in the medical field, this might be a good book for you. However it contains lots of graphic details and unpleasant stories, might bring you lots of unnecessary worries in modern life. I will not recommend this to an expecting mom or girls that never had birth experience.

What could Tina Cassidy have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

make the story more pleasant

Did Angela Starling do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

yes. she did a good job

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Birth?

from chapter 2 and so on, too many graphic stories, not enough solutions

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overall, I don't see much of the benefits this knowledge can provide to an expecting mom by reading this book.

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I could not get into this book

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I tried many times over several months--with time outs--to get into this book, but it didn't hold my interest, which is unusual because I love non-fiction books.

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Renewed appreciation for everyday miracles

Pretty much anyone contemplating birth needs to read or listen to this book. There are some dicey parts you might skip if you don't have the stomach for it but this is, after all, a comprehensive treatment from the lilting to the barbaric. But what really shines there is the miraculous nature of, well, nurture. That and the fleeting fads that come with every cultural shift to the next best thing. If nothing else every father to be ought to read the sections that cover doulas to fathers about 3/4 into the book. It's really helpful.

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Great insight into the history of birth

This book is not a epic adventure but a deep dive into the history of birth. It reads more like a textbook. There is a wealth of knowledge and surprising history in this book.