What to Expect When You’re Expecting, 4th Edition by Heidi Murkoff

What to Expect When You’re Expecting, 4th Edition by Heidi Murkoff

No list such as this would be complete without the #1 Best Seller in Pregnancy and Childbirth.  Voted by USA Today as one of the 25 most influential books in the past 25 years.

In the Author’s own words, her mission statement is to provide ‘information that’s accurate yet empathetic, reassuring yet realistic – that empowers you, but doesn’t overwhelm or confuse you, that guides you but doesn’t dictate to you.  And it’s not just about the right information, it’s about information that’s presented in the way that’s most helpful – easy to access, easy to digest, easy to use.  It’s about information that makes your pregnant life less stressful – more enjoyable, and, well, easier’.

A noble mission indeed, but sadly, I felt the reality fell rather short of this goal.

In today’s obstetrics world, everyone espouses the notion of individual choice, in where, when and how to give birth.  Personally, I do feel that this is a bit overdone.  Certainly in my experience, when I expressed my ‘choices’ during labor, they were dismissed, almost as an irrelevance.  If you read this book, and this book alone, you won’t have to worry about any of these choices, because, apparently, you will be best served by leaving all decisions in the hands of your OB/GYNs and agree with everything they suggest.

You might wonder, if the above is my view, why I have included this book at all, and the answer to that, is that I passionately believe in women being informed, and in their own ability to decide what is right for them.  I have no more right than anyone else to say what is right for you in your pregnancy, childbirth and beyond.  This book comes down much more on the side of interventions, hospital births, c-sections etc. so in the spirit of empowering our readers and subscribers, I include this as a classic, to balance some of my other choices, so that you can be the ones to make the decision that is right for you and your baby.

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