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The Father’s Home Birth Handbook
November 23, 2008, 3:38 pm
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Tara and I continue to work on the nursery.  Here is Tara painting.  We used this paint called Mythic.  It is non VOC paint which, besides not out-gassing very harmful VOCs, it does not smell when you apply it.  We painted one wall a bright orange.  We put together the crib and now it is beginning to look more like a nursery. 


I have started to read a book called The Father’s Home Birth Handbook.  It is perhaps the most interesting book I have read to date on the subject.  I have also been reading The Birth Partner: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions.  This is a great step-by-step handbook and a core text for any soon-to-be dad who wants to prepare for a birth.  Each night, I have been reading sections out loud to Tara in bed until she falls asleep. 


The Father’s Home Birth Handbook, is quite interesting as it comes from a non-US point of view.  The book does a great job of putting ACOG’s positioning on home-birth, being utterly against it, in perspective by contrasting it with RCOG (the UK equivalent of ACOG), and other medical associations in Europe.  It also reviews the many many studies that demonstrate the clinical evidence concluding that home birth is safer for non high-risk pregnancies. 


The book provides a wealth of references that many in the birth community in the US are unfamiliar with and which further support home birth as a practice.


Finally, the book has excerpts form a number of men giving their POV and experiences of home-birth.  Still, I have yet to fins a single book on the birth experience written from a man’s point of view. 


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