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Re: Childbirth- did your choices and expectations come true?

Agreed.

One thing I am grateful for, in the early 70s we didn't have books and magazines on the subject of pre-birth, during, after, childcare, etc - and it made it much easier in many ways. Well, we did have one book on child rearing 'Dr Spock'- lol. Sometimes, perhaps, less is more.
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Agreed.

One thing I am grateful for, in the early 70s we didn't have books and magazines on the subject of pre-birth, during, after, childcare, etc - and it made it much easier in many ways. Well, we did have one book on child rearing 'Dr Spock'- lol. Sometimes, perhaps, less is more.
Dr. Grantly Dick-Read wrote several famous books on natural childbirth in the 30-50s, all explaining what was happening during the birth and sweeping aside the curtain of mystery doctors liked to keep over the subject, he was a hero of the Natural Childbirth Trust and his first book Natural Childbirth was reissued to celebrate their 50th Anniversary.
Several of his books are still in print and required reading for obstetrics students and I'm slightly surprised you didn't come across at least one of them during your time in the UK.

My OH is named for him; the nurses at the Oxford hospital where my MIL gave birth were so surprised she knew about the various stages of labour (and kept asking questions rather than simply lying there and doing what she was told) that they thought she must at the very least be a junior doctors' wife and were especially polite to her during her stay.

Penelope Leach published several books on child-development and chil-rearing in the '70s, the first being Babyhood in 1974. Baby and child came out in 1977 and was considered the book on childhood for decades, thankfully replacing Spock and his odd ideas.
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Re: Childbirth- did your choices and expectations come true?

One does not know all.

@JackieH, you seem to be in trouble for not reading your OH's books.

Btw, I do think you're right.

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Other than having two brilliant little people, no. Nothing went to plan - not that I had one. Over 30 hours with each. This thread should come with a content /trigger warning!
Absolutely.

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Re: Childbirth- did your choices and expectations come true?

Sorry? OH has many qualities, and although he taught medicine as well as 'practised' it, he never wrote any books, lol.

Dr Spock was weird indeed- the other books came later. But no magazines, etc. It was bad enough getting conflicting advice from different staff at the hospital, then later at home, re BFeeding, etc. I went home on 3rd day after emergency Csection- and did what I felt was right- like the Little red Hen.
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One does not know all.

@JackieH, you seem to be in trouble for not reading your OH's books.

Btw, I do think you're right.



Absolutely.
JackieH is close to me in age, and our children equally so.
I know that her husband hasn't written any books (and I never inferred he had), but as a freshly qualified GP in England he would/should've had copies of at the very least Dick-Read's books in his personal library.
There were also several mother and baby magazines out there, one just needed to look.
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Re: Childbirth- did your choices and expectations come true?

Not quite sure what is going on here- but the publications you mention were after I had mine - and no, OH was doing Obs and Gynea as SHO at the time, and we certainly didn't have a library lol. As for magazines- can't remember any to do with 'birth plans' etc. Perhaps there were, I have no idea- never was aware of any. That's OK. this is not a competition.
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Re: Childbirth- did your choices and expectations come true?

There seems to be an awful lot of misinterpretation of posts going in here.
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There seems to be an awful lot of misinterpretation of posts going in here.
Indeed.
@Jackie H - I meant the books your husband had to study in medicine school. I was joking btw.

Now this is OT but it's funny that you wrote "This is not a competition." I'll get this sentence a bit out of the context you put it i.e. among EF members.
So I beg to differ. In general, these days: pregnancy, giving birth, parenting became a competition for quite some time and way beyond what was considered "normal" back in the day.

Maybe I'll post more on this subject when I'll have time.

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