Provides fresh insights and new information on the subject, offering guidance to childbearing couples, educators, health professionals, and scholars who value the natural path of childbirth. Cohen's intimate writing style presents a compendium of knowledge on childbirth in the fashion of a "personal letter". Her aim is to lower America's alarming reliance on caesarean section, which is currently at 25 percent of all births, and to return the responsiblity for childbirth to women by encouraging them to choose the kind of birthing experience they wish to have. In addition to caesarean section, Cohen discusses many other interventions performed on women during pregnancy and childbirth - such as foetal monitoring and routinized hospital procedures.
"Obstetricians would be wise to read this book before their patients get their hands on it. The rate of unnecessary cesarean sections would be significantly reduced if Open Season were required reading for everyone taking childbirth education classes. Nancy Cohen's witty handling of a very serious subject may well be a turning point in American obstetric care."-Doris Haire, Chair Committee on Maternal & Child Health Former Chair, National Women's Health Network --このテキストは、 ペーパーバック 版に関連付けられています。