What Doulas and Childbirth Educators Are Saying…

“Exceptional for its academic excellence, broad perspective, and wisdom, this book provides an encyclopedic examination of the scientific literature on childbirth. Goer and Romano paint a grim picture as they guide us through the confusing maze of science, rhetoric, opinion, special interests, and clashing values that shape maternity care today. At the same time, their astute criticism reveals what it will take to fix our broken system. We must thank them for their courage and passion for truth. Their work will improve the beginnings of life for our youngest citizens. This should be a textbook for everyone in maternity care!

– Penny Simkin, PT, author of The Birth Partner: A Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and all Other Labor Companions; co-author with Ruth Ancheta of The Labor Progress Handbook

“Romano and Goer have truly given us a gift in Optimal Care in Childbirth: The Case for a Physiologic Approach: a comprehensive, evidence-based blueprint for action. Generally speaking, this essential book examines the gap in maternity care between evidence-based optimal care and current best practice given by many maternity care practitioners. But that is just the tip of the iceberg!…It will renew and revitalize you and your birth work. I guarantee.” [Read the rest of this review.]

– Connie Livingston, BS, RN, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT, ICCE, Founder of Perinatal Education Associates

“[Optimal Care in Childbirth] is the type of book that one thumbs through frequently, when asked a question by a student or client, or when helping a client to prepare to speak to their health care provider about best practices and birth preferences. I think that any birth professional would do well to have this book on their shelf and be able to refer to it when necessary. This book represents a significant amount of research and I find great comfort in knowing that all the resources and references supporting the statements made in the book are available for me to source myself.” [Read the rest of this review.]

Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA) BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, Community Manager at Science & Sensibility

“Their book rationally argues for revamping of the existing self-serving maternity care system by meticulously examining its historical, political, and scientific foundations…Goer and Romano offer the reader a sound, woman-centered guide to providing optimal care for mothers and babies.” [Read the rest of this review.]

– Patty Brennan, Director/Owner of the Center for the Childbearing Year, LLC

“OCC gives me hope – hope that women and their care providers will find the information provided within these pages and begin a swelling tide of change in the United States – a change toward more Optimal Care in Childbirth.” [Read the rest of this review.]

Cole Deelah, CLD, CBE, midwife apprentice, Sage Beginnings Doula Services, Bellies and Babies Blogger