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review 2019-01-14 15:54
Book Review of Born in the Bed You Were Made: One Family's Journey from Cesarean to Home Birth by Brooklyn James
Born in the Bed You Were Made: One Family's Journey from Cesarean to Home Birth - Brooklyn James

What the hell happened?

 

Not exactly the question one might expect from a postpartum nurse, it echoed in my mind incessantly after birth. Induction, intervention, ultimately cesarean were nothing new to me…until I was the one atop an operating room table birthing my firstborn through an incision in my uterus.

 

Brooklyn James grapples with her medicalized birth as she undergoes several unexpected health issues—fallout from a medically unnecessary cesarean, secondary infertility, miscarriage. While navigating the work and pleasure of new motherhood, there is also much shock, anger, and disenchantment over birth’s betrayal for her to work through. James finally identifies the root of her struggle: she was not prepared for the birth she might have envisioned. So then begins her exploration of all that is and all that can be in birth. The process leads her to a long overdue conversation with her instinct and her body in an attempt to surrender to, trust in, and accept the inherent wisdom within.

 

Born in the Bed You Were Made is intimate and penetrating, candid and reflective. It reveals a deeper truth about how disconnected many modern women are from birth. Most of all, it is a celebration of self-discovery found in the most obscure yet obvious, most challenging yet gratifying, role as child bearer and mother.

 

Review 5*

 

This book is fantastic! I am not one who usually reads non-fiction or even memoirs, but having read previous fictional books written by this author, I knew that this book, being more personal, would be an emotional roller coaster ride. It didn't disappoint.

 

The author explores her emotions and thoughts over several events that shaped her ultimate decision of having a home birth. As I am not American, I don't know how the medical insurance companies work as such, but I believe that women have the right to decide how and where they would like to birth their babies. Unfortunately, most insurance companies are run by men. I don't mean to be sexist, but its the truth.

 

I am not a mother myself (and due to my advanced age, I may never have children of my own), but what struck me is how much this author's words touched something inside me that resounded within my inner being. She speaks of the instinctual, primitive brain (the part that handles breathing, and old emotional responses like fear, anger, love and knowing things, perhaps at a genetic level like birthing babies) and how she struggled through going against her instincts for a home birth in her first pregnancy because her insurance company didn't allow it. How this led to her having a Cesaerian that may or may not have been necessary, and later a miscarriage that taught her to trust her body and the genetic knowledge within.

 

The author also explores the role and history of a midwife. I found this aspect of the book interesting and full of words of wisdom, from the author herself, as well as those used by her midwife and the research books the author has used. I highlighted over 70 passages throughout this book that struck a chord within me. I don't usually highlight that many things in books, so that shows how much this book has affected me. Midwives have an important role for women. They act as a library of knowledge for expectant mothers. They also guide women through the hard work of labour and birthing children. They have a unique insight into the primitive brain through observation, and medical training to handle most problems that may arise. Unfortunately, these women have not had an easy ride throughout history. They were highly respected once, but they have lost their place due to vilification (being called witches, flakes and fakes in the not so distant past) and their knowledge depleted.

 

Hospitals and modern medicine have grown, time is short in today's society. Large pharmaceutical companies push for the use of drugs, hospitals don't have enough staff to give adequate one-on-one care for every expectant mother, and there are not enough beds for a natural birth. Hospitals have become factories - get them in and send them out as quickly as possible - and induced births, Cesareans (some necessary, but most unnecessary) have become the norm. This saddens not only me but the author too.

 

It has been an honour and a pleasure going on this author's journey. I wouldn't wish what happened to her happen to anyone else, but her journey is inspirational. I believe that women have the right to a support system like midwives along with obstetrics at a hospital, and the freedom to choose between a more economical home birth or an expensive hospital one. Modern medicine should work in concert with the more traditional methods to ensure a healthy birth experience for both the mother and child.

 

Brooklyn James has written a story that has touched me deeply. I love her writing style, and the flow was excellent. I am now looking forward to reading more of her other books as soon as I can.

 

I highly recommend this book, whether you are planning on having children, already have children and are considering having more, or have had children and they are starting their own families. The author references a few books that she used while pregnant, and these may help other expectant mothers too. - Lynn Worton

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-11-29 18:18
Have an easy access to terminate your pregnancy with Mifeprex pill

If you have an unplanned pregnancy, then you need to choose between surgical and medical termination. Most of the females buy abortion pills if they have less than 8 weeks of pregnancy as this method helps you to terminate the pregnancy. In surgical process, women need to make a visit to the clinics and spend the additional cost to have a termination and this FDA approved medicines are the one which is the easiest and safest method to have a termination. Termination pills are the one which can help you end the pregnancy without anyone’s assessment.

 

Mifeprex is one of the pills which contain Mifepristone as an active ingredient. This medicine helps you to terminate the pregnancy at home corners. This pill is used mostly in combination so that it helps to have a successful termination.

 

Work mechanism:

 

Mifeprex 200mg 3 pills are used so that it can help to have a termination. This pill helps to break the lining of the uterus so that it can help the fetus to get separated from the uterus. Once the fetus is being separated from the uterus, it becomes easy for the pregnancy parts to get expelled after the uterus gets contracted.

 

If you are using this abortion pill in combination:

 

You need to gulp 1 pill of Mifeprex as this pill helps to break the lining of the uterus so that the fetus can get separated from the uterus. After 24 hours you can use Misoprostol pill so that it helps you to evict the pregnancy parts of the body.

 

Limitations for using abortion pills:

 

Before you buy online Mifeprex for use make sure that you do fit in the criteria to use this pregnancy termination pill. Women having a medical history related to liver, kidney, heart, uterine rupture and intestinal infection should stay away from the use of this medicine. Women those who are allergic to the ingredients of this pill should avoid the use of this medicine. If the age of women is more than 35 years, then she needs to make sure that they stay away from the use of this Mifeprex pill. If the gestation period is more than 8 weeks, then you need to seek advice from the healthcare expert.

 

Side effects:

 

Bleeding, cramping, clotting, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and diarrhea are the side effects that you can experience and hence it is necessary that you need to seek a medical help if these side effects get worse. Other than this if you experience any of the side effects than you need to make sure that you treat these side effects.

 

Precautions:

 

Mifeprex pill online is the best medicine and hence it is necessary that you do not use any of the pills that interacts with many other abortion pills. Sanitary pads should be used if you are having a pregnancy termination as this Mifeprex pill results in heavy bleeding and can be managed with maxi pads and not with tampons. Risk of infection is always there and using tampons can sometimes lead to infection.

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text 2018-11-17 19:48
Mifepristone option early pregnancy termination

Mifepristone is an early abortion pill that should be used in a combination with Misoprostol pill. This pill should be taken within 70 days or less than that. You can buy online Mifepristone as well as offline. This medicine can also be used to treat Cushing’s syndrome.

 

Uses:

 

Pregnancy termination:

 

As stated earlier, this medicine is used to terminate early pregnancy. This abortion pill is available under the brand name Mifeprex. This is an anti-progesterone medicine that will block synthesis of progesterone, which is a natural female hormone that is important to carry and sustain a pregnancy. It will help in detaching fetus from the placenta and will cause the death of the fetus.

 

Cushing’s syndrome:

 

This medicine is also available with another brand called Korlym. This medicine is also used to treat hyperglycemia i.e. high blood sugar level secondary to hyper cortisol in adults causing Cushing’s syndrome.

 

Doses:

 

If you are taking Mifeprex pill for pregnancy termination it should be used within 70 days since the last menstrual cycle. Take this medicine on the first day of treatment. You can take this medicine orally with a glass of water with or without food. Avoid heavy food when you take this medicine, it may lead to nausea. Misoprostol should be taken 24-48 hour after taking Mifepristone. This combination will help you for successful pregnancy termination at home. Pregnancy termination process may last for 15 days in some cases for the month. Visit your doctor after taking these medicines for a checkup to confirm pregnancy termination and the amount of bleeding.

 

Side effects:

 

Use of Mifeprex pill in combination with Misoprostol pill will cause vaginal bleeding, cramping which are expected after effects. This after effects means your medicine is working properly in your system.

 

Apart from this, Mifeprex will cause side effects like abdominal pain, headache, vaginal burning, itchiness, nausea etc. these are temporary side effects and won’t last for long.

If these side effects serve or don’t go away, contact your doctor it can be a symptom of infection.

 

Precautions:

 

Take following precautions when you buy Mifepristone online,

 

  1. Inform your doctor if you are allergic to it or any other ingredient present in it.
  2. Inform your doctor if you are taking any corticosteroid, anticoagulants or any other herbal product.
  3. Avoid grapefruit or grapefruit juice when you take this medicine.
  4. Avoid alcohol and smoking during pregnancy termination process it may interfere with the contents of this medicine. You can continue this as the termination process ends.
  5. Mifepristone is secreted in small amounts in breast milk. Taking this medicine during lactation will form acidic components in milk.
  6. Avoid excessive exercise and outdoor activity after taking this medicine, as it may lead to fainting, weakness, and dehydration.

 

This medicine should be avoided in the following medical conditions:

 

  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Adrenal failure
  • Porphyria
  • Using IUD’s
  • More than 5 pregnancies
  • During Breastfeeding.

 

The combination of these medicines will only help you to terminate the pregnancy and will not affect your fertility. Visit your doctor on a regular basis to confirm abortion and to avoid the risk of getting pregnant after taking this medicine.

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