Unassisted Childbirth

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ABC-CLIO, 2012 - Health & Fitness - 164 pages

According to Laura Kaplan Shanley, a renowned leader in the natural-birth movement, human birth is inherently safe and relatively painless--provided we refrain from physical or psychological interference. The problems often associated with birth can be traced to three main factors: poverty, unnecessary medical intervention, and fear. When these causes are eliminated, most women can give birth either alone or with the help of a partner, friends, or family.

This second edition of Unassisted Childbirth leads with a history of childbirth and then describes how most deliveries occur today, detailing why these processes don't serve mothers or babies. The information in this unique book gives women yet another legitimate choice in childbirth that doesn't rely on doctors and technology, and allows parents, birth professionals, and general readers to reexamine their most basic ideas about birth and learn to think in new ways.

 

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Contents

Weve Come a Long WayOr Have We?
1
The Dangers of Medical Intervention
11
The Psychological Effects of a Traumatic Birth on a Family
35
Why Physicians Insist on Intervening
43
Personal Beliefs and Expectations
51
Dreams Impulses Intuition and EmotionsOur Psychological Lifeline to the Inner Self
73
Stories of Unassisted Births
79
The Case for Autonomous Birth
117
My Story
123
Conclusion
149
Unassisted Childbirth Resources
153
Bibliography
155
Index
163
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About the author (2012)

Laura Kaplan Shanley is an author, freelance writer, speaker, and childbirth consultant widely recognized as one of the leading voices in the natural-birth movement.

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