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Spiritual Midwifery Paperback – Sep 18 2003
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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.
About the Author
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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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!Read more ›
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!
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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This is the absolute classic, comprehensive and empowering. Any pregnant woman with any spark of chutzpah needs to read this book, or at least skim it, and LEARN about her own... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Sharon Priest-Nagata
Really inspiring! I gave birth at home and often tought about some of the stories before and during labor!Published 22 months ago by Emilie
Had read it in the 70's when I was having my children, offered it to a young friend wanting a different experience!Published 23 months ago by siobhan
This book was originally written in 1972 by a midwife, who is a lifelong advocate for, and practitioner of natural childbirth. Read morePublished on May 10 2014 by arikara
I got this book from my Doula. I really liked the birth stories! They are so uplifting and inspiring! Read morePublished on Aug. 21 2013 by Snikdow
This book was loaned to me by my
doula while I was at the end of my first pregnancy. I can honestly say without having read this excellent book my labour and delivery would... Read more
This book is an essential tool for anyone who is pregnant. It takes away the fear of birth, and the fear of natural birth. I highly recommend this book to everyone. Read morePublished on March 10 2011 by Chels
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