Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Fresh Air in San Francisco

My interview with Terry Gross aired today on NPR. (Check it out at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6374616). Already I am getting emails from around the country from men and women sharing their amazing stories and wanting to talk more about childbirth today. Please feel free to post here. I will be giving a talk in Menlo Park tonight at Kepler's, a lovely independent bookstore, followed by another event in Park City, Utah, tomorrow, at the Spotted Frog.


haddayr said...

Hello! I just heard your interview and I'm ordering the book now.

I wanted you to know that I had a perfectly safe vaginal birth two and a half years after a c-section in a hospital. (My c-section was also for improper fetal placement.)

I had to search for a few weeks to find a doctor willing to go for a VBAC with me, but I did it. No drugs, either, but if I hadn't been terrified of another c-section I would have gone for some, I confess.

Leoz Mom said...

I just listened to your interview on Fresh Air. I am looking forward to reading Birth.

I recently birthed my first child at home. It was a planned home birth and the birth went quite smoothly and safe. I feel so lucky to live in a community where safe planned home births with very experienced midwives are possible. I live in Santa Cruz, California where there are a handful of midwives who have been practicing since the early 70's and continually working to keep safe home births an option for women who fall into a definition of low risk.

I met an incredible amount of opposition when I told people that I was planning on birthing my baby at home. I think much of the opposition I experienced was based on ignorance and fear. I hope your book will shed light on how birth has been hospitalized to the point of endangering many mothers and babies.

I recommend readers of this book also check out Our Babies, Our Selves by Meredith Small.