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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Book Publishing Company; 4 edition (Sept. 18 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570671044
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570671043
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.2 x 22.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 658 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This classic book on home birth is now in it's 4th edition. Includes updated information on the safety of natural childbirth, new birthing stories, and the most recent statistics on births managed by The Farm Midwives. Also presents stories of working with Amish women, showing a different culture with a similar appreciation for natural childbirth.

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Ina May is one of the founders and the current president of the Midwives Alliance of North America. She is a powerful advocate for a woman's right to give birth without excessive and unnecessary medical intervention. Her clinical midwifery skills have been developed entirely through independent study and apprenticeship with other midwives around the world. In addition to conducting regular midwifery workshops, she travels worldwide speaking on birth related issues.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D Jones on Aug. 11 2013
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Every book on birthing we got - "What To Expect When Your Expecting" etc had lots on pregnancy, lots on after the birth, but only very small sections on the actual birth.
And most books have just a few paragraphs, basically telling you exactly what the hospital will do to you, and what they will want you to do. They teach you to be good sheep and follow hospital protocol. They are written and reviewed and recommended by doctors.

But they dont prepare you for what really happens. I read a million of those books. Every book was basically a carbon copy of the other.

And then I read this one. And learnt everything I needed to know about childbirth (FYI I am the dad in this situation - an avid reader!)

The title originally put me off. I am not really very spiritual. However I believe the title is misleading. It should be called "Practical Midwifery".

Overall I would say that if you are just getting started on your road to a baby then this should be the FIRST book you read. After reading this every other book will pale in comparison. In fact if you only read one book then this one would be the one to get.

I would also say that this book is still highly relevant for 2013. If you want to home birth it teaches you everything you need to know. If you are going to hospital it wont teach you many protocols but you'll know exactly what is going to happen to the womans body and the baby at every stage. And if you are birthing at hospital it will help you create a birth plan that you can follow.

And finally if you end up with a birth in the back of a taxi it will teach you how to do that too!

Buy it as your first book for your pregnancy and buy it as a shower gift for your pregnant friends (even the non-spiritual ones!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kerry Tuschhoff on March 4 2004
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In a world of technology driven childbirth, this book brings us as women back to the ultimate knowledge: that we have always known exactly how to give birth. Trust your body, trust your baby; trust birthing. Women helping women give birth affirms this basic truth. Get this book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 3 2004
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I just read the fourth edition of this book (published 2002) and am inspired and relieved. Many women have related the fears associated with giving birth and their doubts about their ability to do it. Whether you go natural or choose another route, you will find this book one that eliminates or greatly alleviates the fears that many, many women have. I felt amazed and inspired by how "down-to-earth" and do-able birthing seems after reading these countless stories. This is not an extremist book and Ina May and the midwives she mentors are the first to advise having a back up plan when circumstances warrant medical attention.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 13 2003
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This book is a refreshing, sane alternative to the craziness of modern obstetrics and birthing practices. Ina May speaks with the wisdom that comes through experience... she knows her stuff; she's seen it first hand, and she lives it. She believes in women's instincts, their intelligence, and their right to a healthy pregnancy, birth, and motherhood. She affirms what women have known for centuries, up until recently: we are capable of birthing without drugs, without IV's, without monitors, and yes, without doctors. Our bodies are made for it. This book is a powerful testament to the power of women and birth.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "audreylove" on Aug. 16 2003
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I attribute the success of my second and third pregnancies to this book. I first read this book while pregnant with my second son, and was so empowered I decided to have a home birth. Ina May Gaskin and the other women who share thier stories in this book poitray childbirth as a natural event, that our bodies are trained for.
After learning midwifery in the 1970's by hands on experience, with a little guidance from local doctors, they have established a teaching center for midwives arround the country to study at. The approch Ina May uses, is to allow the natural course of events proceede.
I reccomend this book to every expecting woman I meet. I have loaned my copy out to five different women, who all said that the information was far more helpful than complicated medical journals, or the "laymens" pregnancy books which contain little usefull information.
If you want to BE in control of your body, baby and birth, instead of swept up in doctors' busy scheduals-
Read this book, and find a midwife!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "cjuliawein" on Jan. 1 2003
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This book is a must-read for anyone interested in the truly spiritual experience of childbirth. Ina May's book is a classic among midwives, and she is a well known and important influence in the natural childbirth and midwifery movements. The birthing stories are the keystone of this book, and I never grow tired of reading them over and over. The technical portions of this book are written from a lay-midwifery and low tech point of view, but it is important for readers and reviewers to know that Ina May and the Farm have the experience and birth statistics to back up what she has written.
This book, I think, is also important material for non-midwives involved in childbirth: physicians, nurses, doulas, and expectant families. The birthing stories provide a touching and humanitarian voice to the life-altering experience of birth. Not all the stories are warm and fuzzy tales of the perfect birth, and this provides a reminder of how closely linked birth and death truly are as passages through life. For those of us involved in birthing on a regular basis, this book is a reminder of how privelleged we are to be witneses to such a sacred experience time and again.
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