“Optimal Care in Childbirth is a long overdue and very important contribution that will lead to a more safe, sane, and satisfying pregnancy care system.”

– Steven Calvin, MD, Clinical Associate Professor, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, University of Minnesota School of Medicine & Co-chair, Human Rights and Health Program, University of Minnesota School of Public Health

“This book is about evidence with attitude. Meticulously referenced, it addresses all the main issues that must be faced if our dysfunctional maternity care system is to be challenged and changed. The central debates in the field are dissected to allow the reader to understand why the existing methodologies often are incapable of disentangling the disputes, leaving the field open to powerful professional interest group biases and conflicts of interest. It is not pretty stuff but much needed.”

– Michael C. Klein, MD, CCFP, FAAP (Neonatal-Perinatal), FCFP,ABFP,FCPS
Emeritus Professor Family Practice and Pediatrics
Senior Scientist Emeritus
Centre Developmental Neurosciences & Child Health
Child and Family Research Institute
Vancouver, BC Canada

“So where can a maternity care provider turn for reasonable and reasoned advice? In their new book, Optimal Care in Childbirth: The Case for a Physiologic Approach, Henci Goer and Amy Romano seek to be that go-to resource—and they succeed.” Read the rest of this review.

– Mark Sloan, MD
Author of
 Birth Day: A Pediatrician Explores the Science, the History, and the Wonder of Childbirth