Thanks everyone. Yeah, I will definitely check out the Ina May book.
I watched The Business of Being Born again, but found it a bit difficult to connect to. I remember enjoying it more the when I watched it while pregnant with my first. As a Canadian who gave birth to my first two in Canada, I didn't feel like pregnancies and births were overly medicalized. In my province, the c-section rate is 1 in 12 which is close to what the WHO suggests is normal. I never felt like there was any pressure to have pain killers or an epidural, and in fact, only the largest hospitals in our province even have anesthetists on call to perform them. About 50% of women I know gave birth naturally and no nurse or doctor ever pushed drugs on me during my labours. The reason I didn't have an epidural for my second was because the nurses and my doctor convinced me not to. I guess it makes a difference when the government has to pay all of your hospital bills instead the patient
I also had to roll my eyes a bit about all the Japan statistics they threw around in that movie. They made Japan out to be this haven for safe and natural births but failed to mention that the c-section rate here is 1 in 3 and that the reason that women are having natural births isn't that they are so well informed, but that they aren't given a choice. These aren't c-sections by choice either. Basically if there is ANYTHING medium to high risk about your pregnancy, sucks to be you but your getting a c-section. Pregnancies and births here are actually highly medicalized by my standards and the woman is given virtually no choice about anything when it comes to her prenatal care or birth.
Also, the doctor told me if I gain more than 15 lbs during this pregnancy (BMI was 20.5 when I began the pregnancy) that she will make me go on a cabbage soup diet. Not gonna happen!
Sorry. That was a bit ranty