Praise and Reviews of Easy Labor

A superb book that gives anyone who is pregnant, or thinking about getting pregnant, or is a concerned significant other, great understanding of the choices and rationale for those options that make birth easier.
Dr. Mike Roizen, coauthor of NY Times #1 Bestsellers YOU: The Owner's Manual and RealAge: Are You As Young As You Can Be?
There are many books on the market today regarding childbirth and many more on pregnancy and childbirth. How can you choose the best one with such a large selection? If you're looking for information on coping with labor pain, StorkNet can help by recommending THE BEST book out there . . . Easy Labor: Every Woman's Guide to Choosing Less Pain and More Joy During Childbirth. Read full review by Clicking Here!
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Easy Labor, Every Woman's Guide to Choosing Less Pain and More Joy During Childbirth provides comprehensive, expert guidance with sensitivity and a touch of humor. It is a must-read for any mom-to-be, and healthcare professionals will find this a valuable resource for patient education.
Ursula K. Snyder, PhD, Editor/Program Director, Medscape Ob/Gyn & Women's Health, New York City
I wish I had read this book before I delivered!  Unlike so many other pregnancy books, this one discusses the very real pain of pregnancy and details both medical and non-medical methods of pain relief before, during and after labor.This is one of the few books I have seen that fully supports a woman's right to choose a pain-free birth.
Atlanta Parent, May 2006
Women today want to be educated consumers about their delivery.  This book provides a common sense, down-to-earth approach for discussing pain relief options during childbirth.  It has something for everyone, catering to different birth plans and a variety of birth experiences, including cesarean delivery.  Written by practitioners in the "real world" - anesthesiologists, obstetricians, midwives, doulas, and L&D nurses - it gives women a realistic picture with which to paint their ideal birth experience.  A must for women wanting the straight scoop on childbirth!
Joy Hawkins, MD. Director of Obstetric Anesthesia, Professor of Anesthesia, University of Colorado , Denver
"Reassuring and informative . . . A detailed and readable presentation of maternal stress, fear, and pain during childbirth."
Penny Simkin, PT. Founder, Doulas of North America
It's hard to imagine childbirth ever being easy, but this guide will point soon-to-be mothers in the right direction. In a straightforward manner, the authors discuss medical and non-medical approaches to dealing with pain during the most physically painful time of a woman's life. Dr. Camann brings more than 20 years of obstetric and anesthesia experience to the task, providing invaluable advice for mothers, especially first-timers. The authors hope that by moving the focus away from the intense pain, a mother can experience the joy that comes from childbirth. Practicality is paramount, as is ample preparation prior to entering the delivery room. They assert that each woman's decision about her labor is a personal choice, and each experience will be different—as such, they discuss all possibilities. Pain medications, water birth, natural birth and Cesarean delivery are covered in detail, as well as what to expect, what others have experienced and how to be prepared. Easy Labor will ease the fears about childbirth and prepare the expectant mother for the joy that comes with the miracle of life.
Kirkus Reports
A must-read for all moms-to-be, whether it's your first time or last time!
Littleones Magazine; Charlotte, North Carolina
Recognizing that most women who give birth consider the process to be beautiful and joyful yet also perhaps the most painful event of their lives, the authors detail the options available to make the process easier-possibly even pain-free. They provide a thorough discussion of pain management approaches; document the latest and most effective pharmacological interventions (e.g., advanced epidurals, spinals); and devote substantial sections to alternative methodologies (e.g., Lamaze, water birth, hypnosis). But it is the inclusion of opinions and personal birth stories by mothers and caregiver professionals that gives this book a meaningful touch that is certain to speak to expectant mothers. This resource is enthusiastically recommended for consumer health collections.
Linda M.G. Katz, Drexel University Health Sciences Libraries.
As a childbirth educator and founder of Hypnobabies, I very much enjoyed seeing the authors provide us all such a nicely balanced collection of ideas for being more confident and comfortable during childbirth. I always love to see expectant moms research their choices for childbirth and this book has many.

Easy Labor starts out with excellent information on choosing your birthing environment and caregivers, addressing childbirth fears and concerns, and giving wonderful resources.

The next section is all about epidurals and medications for birthing, with the information women need about the benefits, risks and side effects for each one as well as how and when they are administered, and how a birth partner can help if meds are chosen.

Especially helpful are the comments from caregivers and mothers who have experienced using these medications for childbirth.

There is even a chapter on medication for Cesarean births that answers many questions for women. Of course the part of the book I am most impressed with is the section on Complementary and Alternative Approaches to Labor-Pain Relief. The authors very sensitively and concisely researched various forms of "CAMS" (complimentary and alternative medicine) from natural childbirth classes and waterbirthing to using hypnosis, acupuncture, aromatherapy and labor support. Resources are given throughout and the information is very comprehensive. Incredibly fascinating are the chapters on the history of pain relief in childbirth and the birth stories from medical caregivers - their own birth stories!

Doulas, OBs, nurses and midwives tell what they experienced, learned, and found helpful for their own baby's births. They also share perspectives on how their own attitudes impact their patient's childbirth
experience. Great book. Get it, read it!
Kerry Tuschhoff, Founder of Hypnobabies
www.hypnobabies.com
In addressing the topic of managing pain relief in childbirth, the authors are extremely even-handed. They look at the pros and cons of both medical techniques -- what they call "full throttle" pain relief, from epidurals to narcotics to laughing gas -- and alternatives ranging from Lamaze to water immersion, aromatherapy and hypnotherapy. They even warn those of us on the epidural train not to skip over the section on alternative methods, since they can come in handy when you have to wait for a busy anesthesiologist, or for the effects of a narcotic to kick in.

Easy Labor is comprehensive and easy to read, with lots of little shaded boxes with summaries of what the latest research has to say on topics such as whether receiving an epidural early in labour increases the risk of cesarean or forceps delivery. (It doesn't.) It also contains a fascinating and often funny chapter recounting personal childbirth experiences of women who work in labour and delivery, from doulas to obstetricians. And it looks at the political history of pain in childbirth -- how some religious leaders believed pain was a punishment given by God to Eve and her descendants for disobedience in the Garden of Eden, and how women 100 years ago rallied for universal use of anesthesia in labour and delivery, then reserved for the rich. Read full review here
Patricia Coppard, Vancouver (Canada) Times-Colonist
It's hard to imagine the words childbirth and easy in the same sentence, never mind in a book title. But before you tell us you've heard that joke before, check out Easy Labor, Every Woman's Guide to Choosing Less Pain and More Joy During Childbirth, an all-encompassing guide to your labor choices. No matter how you feel about pain medication, cesarean sections, water birth or natural birth, you'll find the answers here. Dr. William Camann and Kathryn Alexander (a regular writer here at ePregnancy) replace fear with fact, promote preparation for every possibility and shift the focus from the pain of labor to the joy of birth. Tackling all the issues moms-to-be face, they provide a roadmap through
the thorny thicket of labor - no matter which path you choose. Let's face it, since none of us begin as experts and very little of labor and childbirth is intuitive, it's nice to have an experienced shoulder to lean on.
ePregnancy, Editor's Book Pick, May 2006
After all a pregnant woman goes through - from perfect stranger's horror stories to to worries about prenatal medical tests for "abnormalities"- it's not surprising that most of them would initially scoff at a book entitled Easy Labor. As a society, we're almost resigned to having a rough childbirth experience as part of our quest to bring home a healthy baby.  The authors of Easy Labor, both with Boston connections, knew that the title would be a lightning rod when it was published. But they say, the book's
mission of giving birthing women a menu of pain relief options and a clear picture of the issues surrounding each is important enough to transcend the tile.
Boston Parents Paper, May 2006
Books about labor pain often fall into one extreme or another (totally natural childbirth vs. "gimme the drugs!"). Easy Labor provides a thoughtful and thorough look at epidurals, narcotics, hypnosis, acupuncture and other traditional and nontraditional methods of pain relief, so your choices can be well informed. Labor pain is something that scares many first-time moms, but the authors believe that knowledge is power - in this case, the power to choose pain-relief methods that reflect one's own values, priorities and preferences. They deliver the facts and options in a meaningful and easy-to-understand way, while acknowledging feelings and providing reassurance.
National Parenting Publications Award (Gold Medal 2006)
It's a comprehensive, real-life, thoroughly balanced discussion of labor and delivery. From traditional and non-traditional birth environments to medical and non-medical pain relief techniques, the book explains the pros and cons of every option. First-hand anecdotal accounts from a wide variety of moms make the text personal and highly readable.
Faith and Family Magazine, Spring 2006
The book stresses preparation through education in childbirth, relaxation techniques, and medication options. Apart from pain-killing drugs and the use of epidurals, the authors address alternative treatments like water immersion, acupuncture, hypnosis and massage. Click Here for full review
Brandeis University Alumni Magazine Fall 2006
OK, we're not so sure anything can make labor easy, but this practical and comprehensive guide can make it a lot less confusing. Covering every aspect of pain relief in labor, from acupuncture to epidurals, Easy Labor offers the full unvarnished truth, as well as specific techniques to help ease your pain and your (completely normal!) fears. Don't wait until the first contraction to consider your options. Click Here to link to review.
Urban Baby, January 2007
Kathi Alexander is one of the nicest women I've never met. When she read my epidural post, she sent me a copy of her book Easy Labor, which was a great read. I only wish I'd had it the first time I was pregnant. In fact, I would go so far as to call it a must-read for pregnant women. The book comprehensively explains all of the options you have during labor- from epidurals and various forms of pain medication to acupuncture, hypnobirthing and water immersion. It is refreshingly straightforward, devoid of all the cutesy cutesiness that publishers seem to think they need to throw into a pregnancy book in order to make us read it. It doesn't come out in favor of or against any particular birthing method- the point of this read is to give a pregnant woman as much knowledge as possible about her options before going into labor. Awesome. One of my favorite parts of the book discussed common fears women have about labor and explanations of the real chances of that fear actually happening. It made me feel less neurotic and alone about the nervousness I had going into labor and really put my worries into perspective. In short, if you're pregnant or know someone who is, add this book to the reading list. Click here to link to review!
Lindsay Ferrier Writer, The Nashville Scene Suburban Turmoil blog