The Bottom Line
- Conversational tone.
- Birth stories by celebrities.
- Few medical references included, though science is sound.
- All of the medical and non-medical options available.
- Frank discussions in conversational tone making the text accessible.
- Birth stories used through out to illustrate the point.
- New website associated with the book: My Best Birth
Guide Review - Your Best Birth by Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein
That is not to say that they do not give advice or even praise to medical interventions. They have chapters on cesarean section, epidurals and other childbirth intervention, with positive stories, even in these chapters. A good example would be Laila Ali's birth story. She'd been planning a homebirth with a midwife and it became known that she would be better off in a hospital with medical interventions. She shares her story in a positive manner.
You will find other celebrity births sprinkled through out the book, including those of Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein. These do a nice job of illustrating points about the medical discussion and how labor really plays out.
This book is only a semi-how to book, with more emphasis on the available options. They do a really nice job of explaining why these alternatives might just be the best bet for your birth and how to combine them to help choose your birth plans, including resistance you might get from various places.