Lessons, stories, and reflections from the Goat Midwife
There is nothing about goat care that creates more anticipation, excitement, frustration, and fear than birthing goats. What can you expect with a goat pregnancy? What do you do if things go wrong when goats give birth? What happens when you have a challenging newborn kid?
Seasoned goat farmer Deborah Niemann, author of Raising Goats Naturally, answers these questions and more by distilling the stories and experiences from over 600 goat pregnancies and births. Coverage includes:
- The differences between normal goat pregnancies
- Necessary C-sections
- Incidents that may turn deadly serious.
For both new and experienced goat owners, Goats Giving Birth illuminates the joy, the sadness, and everything in between when birthing pregnant goats, giving you the confidence to handle a large spectrum of goat pregnancies and help birth happy thriving kids.
1. Normal Births
Cleo's twin doelings
Sherri's triplets (for the sixth time)
2. Normal But Different Births
Bonnie's big baby bonanza!
Three breech bucks
Kidding at 17 below zero
3 Not So Normal Births
Always more to learn: Giselle's birth
Our most puzzling birth ever
Alex's final kidding
4. Caesarean Section Births
Our first C-section
Lesson learned via C-section
5. Challenges With Newborns
Sucking disorder in a goat kid?
You save some
A blind kid?
Linguine update—the not-so-blind goat
Lessons in neonatal goat care
Farewell and thank you, Coco
Our most challenging birth...with a happy ending
Some decisions just suck
7. Final Thoughts
About the Author
About New Society Publishers