Spiritual midwifery

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Book Pub. Co., 2002 - Health & Fitness - 480 pages
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The classic book on home birth is now available in a new edition, with updated information on the safety of natural childbirth, new birthing stories, and the most recent statistics on births managed by The Farm Midwives. Included are stories of working with Amish women, shedding light on a different culture with a similar appreciation for natural childbirth. Ina May also provides new information about potentially dangerous techniques routinely used in hospitals during and after birth, as well as the latest findings about VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean). Improved instructions for handling breech births are also given. When the first edition of Spiritual Midwifery was published in 1976, it introduced an entire generation of young women to the possibility of home birth and breast feeding. It also breathed new life into the all-but-vanished field of midwifery.

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Very inspiring, great insight. - Goodreads
Love the positive imagery surrounding birth. - Goodreads
Insightful, educational, beautifully written. - Goodreads
I love the hippy pics. - Goodreads
Some powerful insights in this book. - Goodreads
I also like the practicality of a lot of the advice. - Goodreads
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I was given this book by a male friend (subsequent to the birth of my first child, born by forceps in West London Hospital), while I was expecting my second child in Sydney, Australia. I read it again repeatedly and found it so helpful with my second delivery, which was an induction lasting 2 1/2 hours. Recall of Ina May's writings enabled me to completely relax during contractions, and facilitate the very easy delivery of my son.
I am going to give this book to my pregnant niece in the hope that it will assist her in childbirth as much as it helped me.

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My daughter got a doula for her first baby and I wanted to know more about doulas and what's role at my grandsons birth could possibly be. This book helped me immensely. Read full review


Preface to the Fourth Edition
To the Parents
The Spiritual Midwife

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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. Ina May and fellow Farm midwives were instrumental in the development of the rigorous Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) certification process. In addition to conducting regular midwifery workshops, her speaking engagements take Ina May from Albuquerque to Zurich to Australia.

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