Childbirth Without Fear: The Principles and Practice of Natural Childbirth

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Pinter & Martin Publishers, 2004 - Health & Fitness - 338 pages
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An original and unabridged edition of this Grantly Dick Read title about natural childbirth.
  

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Review: Childbirth without Fear: The Principles and Practice of Natural Childbirth

User Review  - Beth - Goodreads

It's important to read this book selectively. That means when something sounds painfully anachronistic, ignore it. When something sounds like it makes damn good sense, memorize it. (It's not the ... Read full review

Review: Childbirth without Fear: The Principles and Practice of Natural Childbirth

User Review  - Megan - Goodreads

It wasn't very easy to get into. I felt like he spent more time defending his theories and telling personal stories than giving practical advice. It was very dated as well. Read full review

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Contents

The Science of Obstetrics
3
Motherhood from Many Points of View
8
A Philosophy of Childbirth
18
Anatomy and Physiology
29
The Pain of Labour
39
Factors Predisposing to Low Threshold of Pain Interpretation
48
Fear
56
Imagery and the Conditioning of the Mind
69
Hypnosis in Childbirth as a Means of Pain Relief
178
The Conduct of Labour
183
Childbirth in Emergency
209
Breastfeeding and RoomingIn
216
The Husband and Childbirth
240
Antenatal Education
254
Preparation for Labour
279
Antenatal Schools of Instruction and Their Organisation
303

The Fear of Childbirth
77
The Retreat of Fear
100
Diet in Pregnancy
122
The Phenomena of Labour
133
The Relief of Pain in Labour
154
In Conclusion
309
Preface to the Fourth Edition
325
Preface to the First Edition
329
Index
332
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Born in 1890, obstetrician Grantly Dick-Readís Childbirth without Fear caused widespread controversy, but, encouraged by many women he dedicated his life to promoting natural childbirth. He died in 1959.

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