Did Heather Armstrong Make Ricki Lake Pee Her Pants Today?

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Heather Armstrong, author of Dooce which has, like, 90 billion readers just gave Your Best Birth and The Business of Being Born a glowing review. Not just a review, THE review.

Prior to reading the book and seeing the movie, Heather had never given the idea of out-of-hospital birth much thought. She received a copy of Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein’s book, Your Best Birth, from the publishers, read a few paragraphs and things changed.

And then, oh God, the worst thing happened. And I didn’t even see it coming, but I’m sitting there reading that book, gritting my teeth, shaking my head when all of a sudden it started to make sense. I started to see just how medicalized labor and birth have become in America AND THERE GOES MY WORLD VIEW.


Heather’s advice to pregnant women:

…if you are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant, GO READ THAT BOOK. From now on when someone asks me what is the one piece of advice I would give to a pregnant woman, it will be: GO BUY A COPY OF THAT BOOK.


IT CHANGED MY LIFE. I’m not even kidding, I’ll say it again: IT CHANGED MY LIFE.


She summed it up with the following.

Making it out alive with a healthy baby was my top priority, of course, but if there was no need for pitocin or an epidural or intravenous drugs or a vacuum or forceps or an oxygen mask or an emergency c-section, then that’s what I wanted.

And really, that’s not a lot to ask.


It’s really not a lot to ask.



Read the post The labor story, part one at Dooce.com. But who are we kidding— you’ve already read it along with the rest of the English-speaking world.


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