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Susun S. Weed , Janice Novet
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May 1 1985 Wise Woman Herbals Series: No. 1
Simple, safe, remedies for pregnancy, childbirth, lactation, newborns. Includes herbs for fertility and birth control. Foreword by Jeannine Parvati Baker.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Whew! This book became essential to me May 17 2003
I came to my midwifery career (see my memoir, BABY CATCHER, Scribner 2002) via the traditional route of nursing school, working in hospital delivery rooms and alternative birth centers, then going to midwifery school, graduating as a CNM. Nowhere along the way was I taught anything about herbs. When I found myself doing home births in Berkeley, CA, many of my clients assumed I was an herbalist. Although I never once claimed to have a knowledge base in that field, I learned enough from Wise Woman Herbal to talk intelligently on the subject. Many women who choose home birth shun not just hospitals but also traditional Western medications. Wise Woman Herbal was always the resource to which I turned when I needed to know if a particular herb a woman wanted to use was safe and/or efficacious in pregnancy. And eventually I carried and recommended certain ones with confidence, especially blue and black cohosh, ginger, and oil of evening primrose.
From me and from all midwives when they were new: Thank you, Susan Weed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Herbal Medicine for Pregnant Dummies Nov. 8 1997
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You've heard of the "For Dummies" books? This should have been called "Herbal Medicine for Pregnant Dummies." The Wise Woman Herbal: The Childbearing Year is an excellent resource for any pregnant women, whether she has never considered herbal remedies before, dabbles in them occasionally, or is a full-fledged herbal practitioner, but it is very friendly to the newcomer to herbal medicine. The book includes simple prescriptions for those who don't want to get deeply involved in herbal medicine, such as drinking raspberry leaf tea daily throughout the pregnancy to strengthen the uterus. However, for those who are interested in more complex remedies, the author explains in great detail how to make infusions, tinctures, oils, etc., more so than any other herbal medicine book I've read. This is very helpful to people who have dabbled a little in herbology but have not found a mentor to teach them the ropes.
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.
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A friend gave me this book to help me resolve my problem with infertility. Aged 34, I am a product of childhood in the 60's and 70's:
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Herbal for the childbearing year Dec 29 1999
I got this book in my last month of pregancy. My hopes where to find some help in getting labor started. My first child was two weeks late and it drove me nuts. I loved it I also had a problem with infertility and this gave me some good ideas to try next time. I loved it and the labor tips and herbal healpers worked well to ease the labor and seem to be much calmer than the first. Even if you don't think the herbal way is best this book is a must read for the pregnant woman/ couples. And the after care info is a goddess sent book of gold. The diaper rash treatments really work. And the nursing fourmla kept my milk flowing even when I had to go back to work and could not pump that much. Hope everyone enjoies the book as much as I did.
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I bought this book after I had my baby for the information on herbs and lactation. After reading it, I wish I had heard of it sooner. It is full of information on safe herbs that can be used during pregnancy and a terrific guide on how to prepare them in different ways. The guide alone is worth buying the book. Susun Weed puts everything in a simple, easy way - from beginning to end. Her writing has inspired me to find the wise woman in me. The herbs she writes about aren't uncommon and the recipes aren't complicated. I can't wait for my next pregnancy so I can put this book to better use. It does have good info regarding lactation although I would like more. However, I have had a hard time getting a hold of any at all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FROM A MAN'S POINT OF VIEW...... May 26 1999
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I found this book when my wife and I were first trying to have a baby. It has proven wonderful time in and time out; It contains more insights and knowledge than other books much larger and less well written. Susun's approach seems to be one of intuitive knowledge, rather than merely intelectual smarts, and that serves we readers so much better. Her explanations of tincture, syrup, and salve preparations are the simplest yet most effective I've found. I wish there was a "wise man herbal" out there, well maybe I'll have to write it for all us guys lacking M. Weed's way.A must for every pregnant woman.Realise that every drug is herbal based!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Susun Weed is a matriarch for all women!
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 more
Published 6 months ago by vicola
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reference book!
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 17 months ago by Marie Joanne Vaillancourt
5.0 out of 5 stars Susun Weed is amazing!
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 more
Published on Dec 8 2009 by A. Barclay
5.0 out of 5 stars Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year
The Childbearing Year contains a wide range of resources for woman pertaining to their reproductive health. Read more
Published on Oct. 8 2007 by Tami Brady
1.0 out of 5 stars Off the cuff health advice is dangerous
While Susan Weed covers a great many topics and remedies in this book, she doesn't cover any of them with enough detail. Read more
Published on March 28 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book! One to always look at for many reasons!
THis is a fabulous book that I always run to for my herbal advice while pregnant, nursing or even for my sickies. Read more
Published on Feb. 18 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars dissappointing
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 more
Published on April 17 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative!
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 more
Published on Nov. 24 2001 by Krissy Hosler
3.0 out of 5 stars herbal know-how
Susun Weed's book about herbs and the "Childbearing Year" left me with more questions than answers. Read more
Published on Sept. 21 2001 by Kelly Peterson
4.0 out of 5 stars For the beginner in natural health/natural childbirth.
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 more
Published on June 19 2001 by C. Goodell
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