This book is an instant classic! With great advice, humor and birth stories, Lothian and DeVires share the truth about birth and how to make it a wonderful time in your life. The factual information is provided in a practical way, including how to pick a place of birth, talk to you doctor or midwife and most importantly how to trust your body.<p>Ina May Gaskin is a world famous midwife. Her book is half birth story and half factual guide to having a baby. Her tone is very down to earth and easy to read, without all of the medical jargon that brings down so many books. Many women find these birth stories to be a welcome relief after being taunted with horror stories from many directions. Some women find this a bit out there, but one mom put it into perspective: &#34;You hear so much on the other end of the spectrum, that it&#39;s nice to see the opposite end and hope your birth is in the middle.&#34;</p>Technically this book is for those that help you in labor, but it&#39;s a great read for you too. I highly recommend that anyone you invite to your birth be familiar with this book. It&#39;s very practically written and thoughtfully laid out to be a quick reference in labor. Penny Simkin, author, is a childbirth educator and doula, so she has used these techniques in hundreds of births.This guide to birth is written by a midwife. Many of the activities are for emotional and physical preparation, this is something very needed. Many women are keen on the facts, but fail to prepare themselves physically and emotionally for the tasks of birthing.I originally read this book many years ago when I was expecting my first baby. It really helped me realize why I wanted an unmedicated birth and how to talk to others about that desire. This book showed me all the benefits of natural birth to me and my baby.