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Childbirth Without Fear: The Principles and Practice of Natural Childbirth

Childbirth Without Fear: The Principles and Practice of Natural Childbirth

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by Grantly Dick-Read
     
 

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In an age where birth has often been overtaken by obstetrics, Dr Dick-Read's philosophy is still as fresh and relevant as it was when he originally wrote this book. He unpicks every possible root cause of western woman's fear and anxiety in pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding and does so with overwhelming heart and empathy. Essential reading for all

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In an age where birth has often been overtaken by obstetrics, Dr Dick-Read's philosophy is still as fresh and relevant as it was when he originally wrote this book. He unpicks every possible root cause of western woman's fear and anxiety in pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding and does so with overwhelming heart and empathy. Essential reading for all parents-to-be, childbirth educators, midwives and obstetricians!

Editorial Reviews

Yehudi Gordon
"Dr Grantly Dick-Read has always been an inspiration to me. His humanity, love and above all faith in women and their innate mothering skills is truly remarkable. In an age where birth has often been overtaken by obstetrics Dr Dick-Read's philosophy is still as fresh as it was when he originally wrote this book. I highly recommend it."
obstetrician and author
Fit Pregnancy
The most influential birthing book of the last 100 years.'

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781780660554
Publisher:
Pinter & Martin Ltd
Publication date:
05/16/2013
Pages:
356
Sales rank:
145,656
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

What People are saying about this

Michel Odent
A 21st century edition of this historic - even legendary - book must be warmly welcomed.
obstetrician and author
Andrea Robertson
A fascinating insight into normal birth at a time when endorphins were not known, modern midwifery did not exist and women had already learned to fear labour. Dick-Read, possibly the world's first childbirth activist, celebrates women's innate capacity for safe and easy birth in a challenging book that will excite, amaze, infuriate and uplift its readers.
independent childbirth educator & author
Janet Balaskas
When I was heavily pregnant with my first child 25 years ago this book fell into my hands. That was the start of my belief in natural childbirth which eventually led to four great births of my own and the founding of my life's work in the Active Birth Movement. Grantly Dick-Read's message is inspirational and even more relevant today than when this book was first published. Every pregnant mother should read it.
Author of New Active Birth
Sheila Kitzinger
Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand how birth education started as well as the vision that stimulated the birth movement. Dick-Read remains an inspiration for the humanisation of childbirth.
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Meet the Author

Grantly Dick-Read (1890-1959) studied at Cambridge and at the London Hospital. The publication of Childbirth without Fearcaused widespread controversy but, encouraged by many women who had given birth using the 'Dick-Read method', he dedicated his life to promoting natural childbirth.

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Childbirth Without Fear: The Principles and Practice of Natural Childbirth 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome! Dr. Grantly Dick Read - The father of Natural Childbirth; here is a sample: After the baby was born;  - "she turned to me and said, It didn't hurt. It wasn't meant to, was it doctor?"  Dr. Read spent the next years learning "why".  He teaches us not by magic nor by hypnosis, but by learning simple eating habits, very simple exercises, learning relaxation skills, and how your pregnancy works (your body is made for childbirth) - If it was easy than guys could do it.  I work in Labor and delivery;  I am also a doula. This book has changed my way of taking care of my patients and my clients.  I recommend this book to everyone from new and old moms, doctors, nurses, and doulas.  Bless you Doc Read.  :-) Pcola_Doula
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I gave birth 4 times. After my first in 1956 which required 20 hours of labor and, finally, forceps, I had a healthy daughter.When I became pregnant the second time,I determined to learn more before my 2nd was born. I found Dr Dick-Read's book and followed all the suggestions,exercises,etc The result amazed my delivery doc who went home to tell his young pregnant wife. Each birth was different . We were a military family and treatment varied. The 3rd was in a civilian hospital with an impatient and likely slightly drunk OBGYN "on call" My last was breech and well monitored and healthy but that second was as perfect as the book would describe.