Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year Paperback – May 1 1985
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From me and from all midwives when they were new: Thank you, Susan Weed.
I recommend this book to any woman who is thinking of having a child, is pregnant, or has a newborn. Not only does this book give the reader a clear idea of activities, foods, and herbs that she can use for common reproductive related ailments but the author also explains the safest ways to use these remedies. Moreover, the author also includes foods and herbs that can actually make the situation worse or that can even be hazardous to the baby's health so that the reader is forewarned about such potential dangers.
Included in the book is everything from herbal birth control to remedies for the newborn. Especially helpful is the listing of teratogens, or substances that can cause birth defects -- unlike other books on pregnancy, this book lists some common cooking herbs that should be avoided. Appendices include a listing of herbal sources for vitamins and minerals, and recipes for herbal tonics and medicines. A glossary is also included.
The author's interesting New Age spirituality and suspicion of technology (such as ultrasound) does not detract from the practical aspects of the book, but adds a sort of charm to the whole process. If asking a plant's permission before picking it isn't your cup of tea, just read those paragraphs with a grain of salt and take the information you need from the book.
I was brought up in an age when short-term, disposable products were the norm, and science, which had taken us to the moon, was likely to solve most of our medical problems with a magic pill.
Coming from there, I was delighted to be exposed to the herbal "magic" I found in the pages of Wise Woman. This wholistic approach to natural healing and care for the childbearing year -- fourteen months from pre-conception through delivery -- opened my eyes to a new world.
This easy-to-read book will help you to get healthy and to stay healthy, using nature's own tools, throughout one of the most important year's in a woman's life.
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Love this book. I referred to it constantly during my first pregnancy, and have found it is still useful the second time around. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Heather Elson
This book is wonderful and full of information. Includes everything from before you get pregnant, during pregnancy, during childbirth, after pregnancy, taking care of your baby and... Read morePublished 23 months ago by vicola
Very useful information for women. It's a reference book I share with many friends. I have gifted this book to all my nieces. They love it!Published on April 16 2013 by Marie Joanne Vaillancourt
I am totally in love with this book. My partner and I are currently trying to get pregnant, and this book is an excellent resource! Read morePublished on Dec 8 2009 by A. Barclay
THis is a fabulous book that I always run to for my herbal advice while pregnant, nursing or even for my sickies. Read morePublished on Feb. 18 2003
I bought this book, based on the good reviews. However, I was dissappointed by the impracticality of some of the advise, e.g. St. Joan's wort. Read morePublished on April 17 2002
This was a great reference book during my second pregnancy. I used a few herbs during the pregnancy which I believe helped me have a quick VBAC. Read morePublished on Nov. 24 2001 by Krissy Hosler
Susun Weed's book about herbs and the "Childbearing Year" left me with more questions than answers. Read morePublished on Sept. 21 2001 by Kelly Peterson
My midwife recommended this book and it proved to be my favorite book during pregnancy. It was easy to read and offered advice in many issues of pregnancy and childbirth from... Read morePublished on June 19 2001 by C. Goodell
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