Your Best Birth by Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein

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If you are pregnant or preparing to have a baby in the near future, I highly recommend you pick up a copy of Your Best Birth by Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein.

Written much like a conversation between friends, Your Best Birth is all about your options during your pregnancy. From doctors and hospitals to homebirths and midwives, these ladies open up about their personal experiences and discuss the pros and cons of many modern birth procedures.

Every chapter will build your knowledge and confidence to make the right choices, whether you choose to deliver at a hospital, at home or at a birth center.

Even though I have had 2 kids, there is unbelievable amount of insight included that I could have used during both of my pregnancies. One that comes to mind immediately is the duo’s extensive reasons not to induce… (woops!)

Throughout the book there are also helpful sections that offer information on all delivery options, including what to look for when choosing a birth center, putting your ‘team’ together and finding Dr. Right.

I personally love the ‘birth goddess’ features that are scattered through the book. Ricki and Abbey have included real birth stories told by fellow moms and amazing women who have made significant contributions to the birthing community.

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About the Author

SAHM of 2 boys and founder of, World Traveled Family and The World We Share. When I'm not running around after my boys, I'm looking for our next vacation spot!

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  1. Heather says:

    Sounds like a great book. Thanks!

  2. Susan K says:

    I’ve heard good things about this book!

  3. Carey H says:

    I would love to win this book – sounds like lots to consider.

  4. Danielle says:

    I am due with my second child in September and would love a book, thanks!

  5. billie says:

    I saw their movie and it was really informative. I’ve been telling all my expecting friends to check it out and would love to read this book. Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. Kim says:

    awesome!! I would gift this to a gf!

  7. Kim says:

    I also follow on twitter (kgail11)

  8. Nadia says:

    Sounds like an excellent book!

  9. LN says:

    Oh, my! I would LOVE this book. I have a lending library of helpful books for pregnant women to read to make informed decisions…ranging from newer books like Marsden Wagner’s Creating your Birth Plan and Born in the USA, to oldies but goodies like Active Birth, and the like. This would be a lovely addition to help mothers every where 🙂

  10. Tiffany says:

    i would love this book for my sister who is due in November. she has already read all of my birthing books and is looking for more. this book sounds perfect.

  11. Elita @ Blacktating says:

    Have heard nothing but good things about this book. Thanks for the chance to win!

  12. renee says:

    I would like to read this book even though nothing will ever change my mind about using pain meds during birth 🙂

  13. Joanne @ Barely Domestic Mama says:

    I would love to win this book! I had a c-section with my first. We’re planning to TTC for baby #2 soon and I would love to read this because I plan on trying for a VBAC.

  14. Joanne @ Barely Domestic Mama says:

    I tweeted the giveaway at

  15. Kelly @ Parenting Princesses says:

    I’d love to be able to share this book with friends. I could have used this with my first child and prevented my unnecessary c-section

  16. Kelly @ Parenting Princesses says:

    I follow you on twitter

  17. tina reynolds says:

    sounds like a very interesting book thanks for the giveway

  18. Kim says:

    I’ve heard great things about this book. Would love a copy.

  19. laura says:

    I loved the movie! This would be a great gift for my girlfriend.

  20. Jenn S says:

    I am currently expecting my second baby and barely remember my first labor. This book would be a great help!

  21. kamille says:

    I would love to win one of these books. please enter me!

  22. Tanya says:

    This sounds very useful! I’d love to win one of these books!

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