LOCATION: Presented by Live With Awareness at Mr. B's Restaurant, 423 S. Main, Rochester, MI
$20 in advance, $25/door (lunch included)
Join us in this 'lunch and learn format' to hear Ann Arbor author Cynthia Gabriel share from her book how to have a Natural Hospital Birth ~ The Best of Both Worlds'. Doula, medical anthropologist and mother of three, Cynthia offers the tools and inspiration expectant mothers need to release fears, with the support of hospital staff to avoid unnecessary interventions.
Why do American women so seldom experience natural hospital birth? Why can't American women endure the pain of labor? While many birth researchers blame doctors and a century of medicalized childbirth, Cynthia has a different idea. She uses her medical anthropology background with her year of studying birth in Russia to bring a fresh and different perspective for expectant families. One that helps overcome our culture's messages about birth and find their own power and strength as a birthing woman.
Cynthia will be presenting her talk: "An Anthropologist From Mars Talks About the American Birthing System" -- comparing the American and Russian medical systems of education to connect the way we TRAIN people (all the way through their lives) to the US way to do birth. Special focus on how Americans have to food versus the relationship Russians have to food and how that plays out in what we know about health/bodies.
Book copies available for purchase at the event - $13. Cynthia will be available to sign copies.