"Labor Pain: A Natural Approach to Easing Delivery" is full of inspiringstories and useful advice ("Wild Yam: Good for Women who are Nervous") forany woman considering a more spiritually pleasing alternative to thesoulless hospital delivery room. However, at times author Nicky Wessonmakes claims that seem overly optimistic. Not only was her own naturallabor a deeper, more satisfying experience, she says, but it was actuallyless painful than her "hospital births, which involved induction,epidural, laboring flat on my back, forceps, and emergency cesareansection." It is hard to imagine this is true--surely anesthesia must begood for something. Nonetheless, any woman considering home birth willwant to consult Wesson's book.