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  • Learn the #1 rule for having a positive birth experience
  • How to build trust with your doctor and medical team
  • Make sure your birth goes according to plan
  • Help your partner give you the support you need and deserve

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Cynthia Gabriel is a medical anthropologist, mother of three, and a doula who has attended nearly 100 births.

With a PhD from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a Post-Doctorate Fellowship from the University of Michigan, Gabriel’s research focuses on stress during pregnancy among African American women. 
She served as Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Center for the Childbearing Year, and runs women’s and parents’ support groups. 
Gabriel is also the founder of Growing Together, a Life Learning Center that offers psychotherapy and life coaching services in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she resides.

I also was able to craft a one-page birth plan by using Gabriel’s anecdotes, examples, and suggestions about birth plans. I feel confident that even if I didn’t switch providers, I could have the birth I want in any typical hospital.

Even for mothers who decide against completely natural childbirths, this book is still very valuable in psychologically preparing you for a life-changing experience. Had I read it in the past and followed Dr. Gabriel’s recommendations, I may well have prevented my own C-section.

After reading, underlining, and re-reading Cynthia’s book, I felt so empowered that I could make informed decisions throughout the childbirth process given all of the knowledge I had now gained. 


Natural Hospital Birth

Published By Harvard Common Press

Natural Hospital Birth

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