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Sunday
Sep192004

My Letter to Whole Foods:

I am pretty darn sure the person who orders books has not read some of the books on your shelves at the Whole Foods in Hillcrest in San Diego, California.

What to Expect When You Are Expecting is one of the worst books in the history of women in birth. As a midwife who works her butt off to offer choices, inform, and support women and families during their birthing seasons, What to Expect is the epitome of How To Be a Lemming in Birth books. Natural birth is not only barely a sentence in the book, but having a baby without drugs, an epidural, or a doctor is tantamount to martyrdom and child abuse as far as the author is concerned.

I'd like to suggest alternative books for your shelves and pray that you will remove this horrible and disrespectful book from our beloved Whole Foods!

Ina May's Guide to Childbirth (Gaskin)
Spiritual Midwifery (Gaskin)
Birthing From Within (Pam England)
Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth (Henci Goer)
Having a Baby, Naturally (Peggy O'Mara)
A Good Birth, A Safe Birth (Korte and Scaer)
Continuum Concept (Liedloff)
anything by Dr. William Sears

Thanks for listening and I know that thousands of women will thank you for being more aware of what goes into your customer's minds and into their psyches. We deserve to be believed that birth is a beautiful and wondrous experience, not one to be dreaded or made fun of as What to Expect does. We want the Joy that resides in the seed of potential that is the perfection of our bodies!

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