My new ebook, Just Kidding: Stories and Reflections on Goats Giving Birth is now available for a variety of e-readers, including Kindle, Nook, and iPad. Even if you don’t have an e-reader, you can read it on your computer as a PDF or use the free Kindle app. You can also print out the PDF if you don’t like reading too much on a computer screen.
At 20,000 words, it’s about 40 pages and contains 17 stories of goats giving birth, from normal to abnormal and even tragic, including two c-sections. The stories were all written within a few days of when the births happened, but the ebook also includes my thoughts on those births today. I honestly explain what could have been done differently — or what would not have made a difference.
I wanted to write this book because many new goat owners have never seen a goat give birth, and they have no idea what to expect. Although some books explain what is normal and what is abnormal, there are many shades of gray. The human’s response to the situation is another thing that is not discussed in books that have a more academic tone. Some authors tell you what to do with a problematic birth, but they completely ignore how you might feel about dealing with the situation. I also recall how many times we panicked in the early years, thinking that something was wrong when it was normal.
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