Water Birth: A Midwife’s Perspective
by Susana Napierala
[1994, Westport, CT: Bergin & Garvey, 234 pages]
[Review first published in Midwifery Today Issue 35, Spring 1997, © 1997, Midwifery Today, Inc. Review by Jill Cohen.]
One day while doing prenatals, a client planning a waterbirth handed me a copy of Susana Napierala’s book. She had pored through it and said it had answered all her questions. Over the years I have read a lot of information on water in pregnancy and birth, but this book says it all.
First, the nature of water and its relationship to human beings is discussed. This gives the reader a foundation for understanding the relationship of water to childbirth. Susana quotes the findings of major authorities in the field and adds her own findings as collaboration.
Birthing options, prenatal care, preparation,and the benefits of water are discussed. Laboring in water, postpartum, and birth stories are also included. A helpful chapter on how to make your own tub is a nice feature.
Susana’s midwifery experience and the testimonies of mothers is reassuring. This book should be read by parents and practitioners alike.
Reviewer Jill Cohen lives and practices midwifery in the Eugene, Oregon, area. She is associate editor of Midwifery Today and senior editor of The Birthkit.