• Babies Are Not Pizzas: They're Born, Not Delivered!

  • By: Rebecca Dekker
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Dekker
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (201 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

One in three births is traumatic.

It doesn’t have to be that way.

Rebecca planned to give birth at the hospital affiliated with her university, where she was an award-winning nurse researcher finishing her doctoral degree. But hospital practices and policies that were more than 20 years out of date left her with complications that seemed preventable. Worst for Rebecca, her healthy baby was whisked off to a nursery right away. She spent the first few hours after birth begging to see her own baby!

A few years later and pregnant again, Rebecca put her research skills to work and examined the hard evidence on what went wrong with her first childbirth experience.

She discovered shocking truths that not only impact millions of families every year, but would change the entire course of her life.

Embark on a journey with Rebecca as she exposes the stark realities of institutional care during childbirth and reveals inspirational solutions for parents and professionals alike.

©2019 Evidence Based Birth (P)2019 Evidence Based Birth

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Not what I expected or wanted, but still good.

I'm not sure if I read the description incorrectly or what, but this was not the type of book I was looking for, I was searching for a book with information for expecting mothers about approaching labor and child birth without fear. This was NOT that.
I enjoyed the audiobook, The narrator (and Author) are engaging and provide humor and good advice, just not exactly the type of advice that I was seeking.

While the author does discuss her experience in birthing 3 children, as well as adding birth stories from other mothers, it does not offer much advice on the process of labor or "how-to"s. This book is more about the author's quest for evidence based birth and how to ensure you receive hospital care based on evidence and scientific studies instead of care based of common hospital practices (no matter how unnecessary or unfounded). There are several tid-bits of info from research on cultural norms among hospital staff, racial issues in maternity care, the benefits of midwifes and doulas, information about the authors blog called Evidence Based Birth, and her quest to advocate for mothers and seeking change in hospitals.

This book is more of an autobiography; Rebecca Dekker's journey to effect change after suffering from a traumatic birth with her first child.

I think this book would be most useful for those in the medical field, labor and delivery, midwives, doulas, hospital administration, etc.
When it comes to expecting mothers, this book offered more scary birth stories, and less empowering advice for mothers-to-be (in fact it caused me some added fear about what is to come).

After reading/listening to the book, I would seek out the Evidence Based Birth blog, and would be interested in taking the child-birth classes offered from the author. I am sure the author possesses the information that I was seeking, the information just wasn't included in this book like I was expecting.

Good book, glad I listened, but I will have to continue the hunt for an audiobook on how to survive the birth of my first child unscathed and empowered.

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Not as good as I hoped

Felt very self indulgent by the author, ended up speeding through, didn’t keep my attention.

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a must read

I am a L&D nurse and a student Midwife. This book and the existence of Rebecca Dekker overall in the birthworld is The reason we are moving forward and changing things. Make me look at myself and my own practice. A great great read.

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A must read for all L & D Nurses

As an L & D nurse I can honestly say that this book was eye opening. While I knew that

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First half is great for expectant mothers

Very informative, mostly. While I appreciate hearing about the struggle of this author’s process to obtain this important information, I didn’t have the time/desire to listen to it all. After obtaining the pertinent info about laboring and birthing, the rest felt like a historical lesson or memoir. Just not something I have time for during my prep to be a first time parent.

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Parent? Becoming one? A MUST read.

As a mother of 3 who had 2 medicated hospital births and one homebirth I wish I would have read this book before I had my first babe. You really don’t know what you don’t know. I loved everything about this book! Please take the time to read it, you will not regret it.

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Must Read for ALL

Helpful, balanced, entertaining and empowering! All of the things future birthing families and birth professionals need to learn for their respective roles.

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Must read for pregnant families and birth workers!

I’ve been a doula for 4 years and I am getting my childbirth education certification. I finally read this book and I cannot believe it took me so long. This is a MUST READ for all parents- preferably before you get pregnant or early in pregnancy. The way she tells her story and evidence so succinctly is so powerful. You can’t argue with the facts and what the evidence actually says. She sums up what I have been feeling and trying to articulate for years, in 2 chapters. I wish I had read it sooner so I could have passed it along to others whole-heartedly. And as a personal thankful to EBB, I have had 3 kids in 6 years and I have never known a world without EBB as I researched my own options in birth. I cannot imagine navigating through the facts without the website articles that collected all the evidence for me and gave me the information I needed to make informed decisions. I share your articles constantly as a doula. Thank you for all your work. You are making a difference. One birth at a time.

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Birthworkers Must Read

I absolutely recommend this book for all birthworkers. The stories in this book will spark a fire 🔥. It is crazy how horrible of health system is.

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informative

This book helps you learn about evidence based practices and how to advocate for yourself during hospital birth. it also gives resources on how to look for ethical providors. highly recommend.

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  • 02-20-20

birth trauma trigger warning

I dont think there were many things wrong with the book - more with me.
listening to the book and the stories of her birth and her recounting other peoples traumatic births has triggered a lot of unwanted memories of my own. so listen with care if you have unresolved issues around the subject

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  • kirsten
  • 08-09-21

amazing read

loved this book and learning more around the evidence that supports all different types of births. Would highly recommend

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-23-20

A must read for care providers & Families

Rebecca's journey and research has helped me understand the deeper issues that affect birth. Thank you!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-30-20

Excellent!

Really enjoyed reading about Rebecca's pathway to heading EBB. Such a valuable resource for birthing communities and parents.

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  • Rachel
  • 11-24-19

A must-read for mums-to-be

This book will prepare you for a number of ways you could possibly be treated during the birthing process, many of which are truly shocking.
Education equals empowerment and this helps you to prepare with an understanding of what you can expect and how to advocate for yourself or a loved one.
Not only for mums-to-be, this book can also provide a massive insight to those in the birth and medical industry in general. Dehumanisation has long been a problem in the medical industry, and all humans deserve to be treated as autonomous humans with the right to informed consent.
I loved this book and highly recommend it.