Parenting Book Reviews

Table of Contents


Pre-pregnancy Books

Pregnancy Books

Nutrition in Pregnancy

Pregnancy for Fathers

Baby Name Books

Birth guidebooks

Vaginal Birth After Cesarean

Infants & Toddlers


Sleep Problems

Child Rearing & Discipline

Preschool-aged children

Young school-aged children

Teenaged children

Learning disabilities and ADHD

Medical Information & Nutrition

Life Style Choices

Death and Children

Boys/Girls: "Gender" issues

Miscellaneous Books

Other Media

Sources & Acknowledgements

Paula Burch's Home Page

Vaginal Birth After Cesarian

Lynn Baptisti Richards: The VBAC Experience. [sources include amazon]
Good: contains many birth stories of successful vaginal births after cesarians. Bad: overdoes it a little, e.g., in the story of the woman who gave birth with no attendants or even a friend, all alone, by choice, after having had a 'classical' incision cesarian (the kind, fortunately rare, which is much more likely to result in uterine rupture). Then again, such avoidance of judgement may be what you're looking for, and it doesn't claim to be a source of medical advice. --Paula Burch

Nancy Wainer Cohen and Lois. J. Estner: Silent Knife - cesarian prevention & vaginal birth after cesarian. 1983, Bergin & Harvey Publishers, South Hadley, Massachussetts. ISBN 0-89789-026-4 or 0-89789-027-2 (pbk). [sources include amazon]
I expected something flakier than "The VBAC Experience", from the title, but found instead that this is an excellent book, with lots of useful information. Worst point: needs a revision. Many of the bad things described as a normal part of a hospital birth have been fading away (in the US) since the publication date (perhaps partly as a result of some of the work done by people in the cesarian prevention movement). --Paula Burch

Bruce L. Flamm, Md.: Birth After Cesarian: the medical facts. 1990. Prentice Hall Press, New York. ISBN 0-13-080102-X. [sources include amazon]
The medical facts showing that VBAC is in most cases much safer than a repeat cesarian, by the author of several of the best research studies on the subject. This book will be much more useful in impressing a backwards physician, who doesn't know about the facts, then either of the two books above--also for convincing relatives and friends who think that you must be crazy to want a VBAC, when in fact it's much less wise to go for an unnecessary repeat cesarian. (This book will not prove as useful in addressing the non-medical side as "Silent Knife".) --Paula Burch

Christopher Norwood: How to Avoid a Cesarian Section. 1984. Simon and Schuster, New York. ISBN 0-671-46916-9. [OOP; try your library or amazon]
A good book, but not as useful as Flamm's (see above). --Paula Burch

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Last updated: March 2, 2003