Unassisted Childbirth

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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.

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313397158
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2012
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 164
  • Sales rank: 507,228
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

LAURA KAPLAN SHANLEY is a free-lance writer who has contributed to journals and magazines on subjects of childbirth and spirituality.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
Introduction
1 We've Come a Long Way - Or Have We? 1
2 The Dangers of Medical Intervention 11
3 The Psychological Effects of a Traumatic Birth on a Family 37
4 Why Physicians Insist on Intervening 45
5 Personal Beliefs and Expectations 55
6 Dreams, Impulses, and Intuition - Our Psychological Lifeline to the Inner Self 77
7 Stories of Unassisted Birth 83
8 The Case for Autonomous Birth 107
9 My Story 113
Conclusion 141
Bibliography 145
Index 149
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2007

    An extremely dangerous book

    This book supports and encourages expectant mothers to not only go through pregnancy with no prenatal care, but to also labor and delivery without the aide of any medical personell and away from the aide of any medical facilities. Considering the rise of later-age mothers, the rise of diabetes and gestational diabetes rates, and the general rise of maternal deaths in the US, to follow this books advice is to put not only yourself but your baby's life in danger. I highly encourage expectant mothers to get professional medical help throughout their pregnancies and through labor and delivery. Do not take the chance this book seems to gloss over, you may pay with your baby's life.

    3 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2003

    An amazing story...

    I read Laura's book after my second unassisted childbirth. So while it wasn't something that lead me to unassisted birth, it inspired me greatly and made me think about things I hadn't before, such as the power of the mind and how fear can really control our minds/bodies. Laura, thank you for sharing your story and being such a powerful teacher and inspiration to all women everywhere!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2003

    Amazing and Enlightening Book!

    This was the only book I read while I was pregnant with my second child. The author, Laura Shanley, makes you realize what childbirth is supposed to be. Natural and unhindered. Our bodies were naturally designed to give birth without medical attention. I went on to have a solo unassisted birth, and it was the most beautiful and amazing experience of my life. I thank God that this book fell into my hands when it did!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 5, 2011

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    A fascinating blend of research and personal experience!

    If the thought of giving birth in a hospital, being told what you can and can't do, and the like makes you nervous, this book is for you. Despite the negative reviews, Shanley's book explains why unassisted childbirth isn't as dangerous as you might think. It also explains how some of the expected "preventative" prenatal care can actually cause more harm than good. Even if you decide not to go through with a completely unassisted childbirth, this book will give you some ideas on how you can make it a safer and more positive experience.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 17, 2010

    An extraodinarily Dangerous book

    The cult of unassisted childbirth is filled with followers of this book. Miss Shanely is quite persuasive in her book and online where she promotes this extremely dangerous practice of not only giving birth with no medical aid, but in going through a pregnancy with no medical aid. In this day and age of older women with pregnancies and over weight women being pregnant, this book and this phylosophy is a huge recipe for death and disaster. Her writing is narcissistic and her ideas ignorant or the realities of what happens during pregnancy and childbirth. If you care one iota about the health and well being of your child, do not believe the lies in this book, and above all: seek medical care during pregnancy and during childbirth if you want a live baby.

    1 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 17, 2010

    An Extraordinarily Dangerous Concept

    The cult of unassisted childbirth is filled with followers of this book. Miss Shanely is quite persuasive in her book and online where she promotes this extremely dangerous practice of not only giving birth with no medical aid, but in going through a pregnancy with no medical aid. In this day and age of older women with pregnancies and over weight women being pregnant, this book and this phylosophy is a huge recipe for death and disaster. Her writing is narcissistic and her ideas ignorant or the realities of what happens during pregnancy and childbirth. If you care one iota about the health and well being of your child, do not believe the lies in this book, and above all: seek medical care during pregnancy and during childbirth if you want a live baby.

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2002

    Not for everybody, that's for sure

    This book explains a way of motherhood that can work for some people, but not everyone.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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