Spiritual Midwifery

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A classic book on home birth since 1977, this new edition contains updated information on the safety of natural childbirth, new birthing stories, and the most recent statistics on births managed by The Farm Midwives. In this day and age, a book that celebrates natural childbirth and returns birth to the family is more important than ever.
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Overview

A classic book on home birth since 1977, this new edition contains updated information on the safety of natural childbirth, new birthing stories, and the most recent statistics on births managed by The Farm Midwives. In this day and age, a book that celebrates natural childbirth and returns birth to the family is more important than ever.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570671043
  • Publisher: Book Publishing Company, The
  • Publication date: 2/28/2004
  • Edition description: 4TH
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 99,303
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Ina May Gaskin 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.

Ina May travels internationally on speaking engagements and networking with other midwives and midwife alliances.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2001

    A Very Inspiring Read!

    This is a wonderful book for anyone interested in birth. As a midwifery consumer and an aspiring midwife, this book inspired me even more to reach my dream. The birth stories are heartfelt and honest and the female anatomy section is excellent. This book contains life lessons that can be applied to other areas of life besides pregnancy and birth. This book is also for the woman interested in revealing more about her body and soul. I am truely grateful to have had the oppourtunity to read such an outstanding book. Thanks so much Ina May!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2004

    My Bible

    Ina's book was given to me when I was pregnant with my first 18 years ago. I opted for a hospital birth, but found her advice invaluable. 18 years later, I pass her book on to my daughter. I know that she will refer too it daily, as I did.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2004

    A must-read for all involved in birthing

    I just ordered my umpteenth copy -- and third edition -- of this timeless work. Ina May and her infinite wisdom carried me through all three of my pregnancies during the 1980s, including one home birth. During my pregnancies, I ONLY read birth accounts from Spiritual Midwifery. Needed positive input, not the horror stories that accompany the typical hospital birth. Also, whenever well-meaning friends would question the safety of a planned homebirth, I'd gently hand them a copy of Spiritual Midwifery and direct them to the birth statistics at the end. That usually sold them. Now my own daughter, a medical student, is asking lots of questions. She remembers well the birth of her youngest sister and the sense of calm that pervaded the event. She will be receiving HER copy this week. Ina May should be thrilled to know that her wisdom is moving through the generations! As an added note: my husband, a pediatrician, has frequently stated that if all OBs adopted an Ina May-esque approach to childbirth, with her holistic sensibilities, then HIS job would be much easier. He continues to refer to OBs as 'practitioners of meddlesome medicine.' Many blessings to Ina May and her crew.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2008

    ahead of its time

    I first used this book in 1981 w/ my first child and referred to it for my next 2 as well. I apprecitated how it encourages the mother to love her baby, be brave about delivery, be responsible about the pregnancy, and involve the father. We were fortunate to have home births on all 3 children, and have success nursing them. I attribute much of my positive attitude and success to the comments and suggestions in this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2002

    An Uplifting Read!

    Ina May Gaskin's book is down-to-earth, yet very uplifting. She believes so strongly in a woman's natural ability to give birth, that her beliefs are contagious. Every hopeful-midwife & childbirth educator should read this book!

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