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Birth without Violence
     

Birth without Violence

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by Frederick Leboyer
 

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The classic guide to gentle birth that revolutionized the way we welcome our children into the world.

• The first book to express what mothers have always known: babies are born complete human beings with the ability to experience a full range of emotions.

• Shows how gentle lighting, a quiet atmosphere, and a warm bath allow a newborn to ease the

Overview

The classic guide to gentle birth that revolutionized the way we welcome our children into the world.

• The first book to express what mothers have always known: babies are born complete human beings with the ability to experience a full range of emotions.

• Shows how gentle lighting, a quiet atmosphere, and a warm bath allow a newborn to ease the transition from womb to world without trauma or fear.

• New translation overseen by the author himself; also includes a new author preface.

Birth without Violence revolutionized the way we perceive the process of birth, urging us to consider birth from the infant's point of view. Why must a child emerge from the quiet darkness of the womb into a blaze of blinding light and loud voices? Why must an infant take its first breath in terror, hanging upside down as its vulnerable spine is jerked straight? Why must the infant be separated from its mother after spending nine months inside her nourishing body?
Examining alternatives to technocentric approaches to childbirth, this classic text shows us how we can create an environment of tranquillity in which to welcome our children: a relaxed mother, gentle lighting, soothing atmosphere, and a warm bath that mirrors the child's prenatal surroundings. Dr. Leboyer's simple techniques show us how a birth without violence has far-reaching implications for improving the quality of human life physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

Editorial Reviews

Utne Reader
"One of the twenty books that changed the world."
Michel Odent
"Birth without Violence is a work of art, and Frédérick Leboyer is the artist of this century who will have the greatest influence on the health and way of life of the next generations."
The Boston Globe
"Amazing . . . Birth without Violence is a sensual experience, visually and verbally, as its poetic prose blends with the pictures like the unfolding of a happy dream. . . . The impact is strong, [Leboyer's] appeal inviting."
Journal of Nurse-Midwifery
"A major breakthrough . . . Beautifully written and beautifully illustrated."
Suzanne Arms
"Frédérick Leboyer was the first physician to bring an enlightened perspective to parents, physicians, and nurses. . . . He taught those who would listen a fundamental lesson: treat a newborn infant as if it is aware of everything going on around it and being done to it. Because it is!"
New Age Journal
"This book, which teaches us just how conscious babies are at birth, serves to expand the focus of a nurturing birth environment to include both baby and mother."
The Midwest Book Review
"Water births, less hospital chaos and more suggestions for improved birth environments fill Birth Without Violence, which is worth consideration to any expecting mother."
author of Immaculate Deception Suzanne Arms
"Frédérick Leboyer was the first physician to bring an enlightened perspective to parents, physicians, and nurses. . . . He taught those who would listen a fundamental lesson: treat a newborn infant as if it is aware of everything going on around it and being done to it. Because it is!"
Sept 2009 The Midwest Book Review
"Water births, less hospital chaos and more suggestions for improved birth environments fill Birth Without Violence, which is worth consideration to any expecting mother."
From the Publisher
"One of the twenty books that changed the world." 

"A major breakthrough . . . Beautifully written and beautifully illustrated."

"Frédérick Leboyer was the first physician to bring an enlightened perspective to parents, physicians, and nurses. . . . He taught those who would listen a fundamental lesson: treat a newborn infant as if it is aware of everything going on around it and being done to it. Because it is!"

"This book, which teaches us just how conscious babies are at birth, serves to expand the focus of a nurturing birth environment to include both baby and mother."

"Water births, less hospital chaos and more suggestions for improved birth environments fill Birth Without Violence, which is worth consideration to any expecting mother."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780892819836
Publisher:
Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
Publication date:
04/28/2002
Edition description:
Revised Edition
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
9.25(w) x 7.13(h) x 0.40(d)

Read an Excerpt

From pages 130 and 131:
Afterword
Young women, this book has been written for you. So that you get back you courage. And take the great challenge.
Childbirth is the Secret Garden of Women.
You have to protect it.
You'll have to make sure that no one enters it having in mind to rob you, to take away from you what is your most precious birthright, your greatest treasure:
a fully conscious, enlightened delivery.
Birth without Violence is telling a story. Stories are very important. As important as dreams. Without which, as we all know, life becomes impossible.
A story. A love story. The one love story behind all love stories. Birth without Violence is a literary text, a book of poetry.
So allow me to conclude with one more touch of poetry.
As a farewell.
As a blessing, as well.
"When we are born, we cry
That we are come
To this great stage of fools."
Shakespeare
"Divine Waters, All Mighty Sea
all life is born
out of thee
only to
die
and who am I to
ask you
why!
all life and
I must
die
at times you're very hard
and yet I know that
you love me
far more, far more
than I can ever
thank you
for
therefore to Thee I'll bow
with love and
awe
Divine Waters, All Mighty Sea
Divine Mother, All Mighty
Thee"

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher
"Amazing . . . Birth without Violence is a sensual experience, visually and verbally, as its poetic prose blends with the pictures like the unfolding of a happy dream. . . . The impact is strong, [Leboyer's] appeal inviting."

"One of the twenty books that changed the world."

"Birth without Violence is a work of art, and Frédérick Leboyer is the artist of this century who will have the greatest influence on the health and way of life of the next generations."

"One of the twenty books that changed the world." 

"A major breakthrough . . . Beautifully written and beautifully illustrated."

"Frédérick Leboyer was the first physician to bring an enlightened perspective to parents, physicians, and nurses. . . . He taught those who would listen a fundamental lesson: treat a newborn infant as if it is aware of everything going on around it and being done to it. Because it is!"

"This book, which teaches us just how conscious babies are at birth, serves to expand the focus of a nurturing birth environment to include both baby and mother."

"Water births, less hospital chaos and more suggestions for improved birth environments fill Birth Without Violence, which is worth consideration to any expecting mother."

Meet the Author

Frédérick Leboyer, M.D., was the first physician to challenge society’s beliefs about awareness in the newborn, revolutionizing the course of prenatal care and the way babies are introduced into the world. A retired obstetrician who attended more than 10,000 births, he is a graduate of the University of Paris School of Medicine where he served as Chef de Clinique. He lives in Switzerland.

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Birth Without Violence 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
MimiSP More than 1 year ago
Our 32yr. old son was born using Dr. Leboyer's method. Sadly, in all these years I have never met another family that used this method. It was the most awesome experience and our son has always been healthy, and even tempered. Now I am a grandmother-to-be and I can only pray that our grandbaby will have the same wonderful birthing experience!!
NativeCAgirl More than 1 year ago
This book changed my life. The BEST THING I EVER DID FOR MY CHILDREN was follow Dr. Leboyer's method and make my daughters first moments of life moments of peace, love & respect. Peace by darkening the room and requiring all present to whisper so that their eyes and ears could slowly acclimate from the darkness and quietness of the womb to the boldness of life. Welcoming them with love and respect for their fragile little lives by treating them with the utmost gentleness and warmth. Birth overwhelmes ALL the senses of an infant. Light were there was dark, sharp, chaotic noise where there was muted sounds, burning oxygen in the lungs where there was warm fluid, coarse fabrics and touch where there was a warm pool of fluid, consciousness where there was serenity. Children learn soon enough the harshness of this world, making the first moments they experience welcoming helps them develop confidence to face challenges w/an abiding sense of peace. I know this sounds really far out. . .but it's not. I've seen the huge difference these births make in the lives of children!