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Wise Birth: Bringing Together the Best of Natural Childbirth and Modern Medicine
     

Wise Birth: Bringing Together the Best of Natural Childbirth and Modern Medicine

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by Sheryl Feldman, Penny Armstrong
 

The authors of the acclaimed A Midwife's Story explore the issues that influence the way women give birth: technology, psychology, culture, medications and history. They demonstrate that most hospitals aren't designed to bring out the wisdom of the body at birth and reveal how to find a setting that will help make your child's birth a healthy and powerful

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The authors of the acclaimed A Midwife's Story explore the issues that influence the way women give birth: technology, psychology, culture, medications and history. They demonstrate that most hospitals aren't designed to bring out the wisdom of the body at birth and reveal how to find a setting that will help make your child's birth a healthy and powerful experience.

Editorial Reviews

Mothering
Exquisite...A Wise Birth speaks eloquently about the uncompromising power of birth.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A thoroughly modern midwife, Armstrong attends home births among the Amish of Pennsylvania's Lancaster County equipped with a just-in-case array of instruments and drugs, oxygen and a two-way radio. Here, with writer Feldman (they also coauthored A Midwife's Story ), she considers childbirth in and out of America, arguing that high technology has adversely overwhelmed the birth process. Reviewing the pre-antisepsis history of childbirth, Armstrong and Feldman acknowledge the life-saving contributions of medicine and leading physicians; they decry the militant hostility of some midwives to the medical establishment. Yet, they suggest, the cacophonous, officious hospital setting has joined forces with the crisis- and intervention-oriented training of today's obstetricians to turn even the lowest-risk, least complicated delivery into an unnatural act--one healthful for neither mother nor child. Armstrong and Feldman are impassioned, persuasive advocates of the homelike birth center (with a hospital nearby in case of trouble), where deliveries can proceed at nature's pace with minimal interference; they include a number of moving testimonials to the wisdom of that course. Their thoughtful and well-written book should be read by any and all prospective parents. Author tour. (June)
Library Journal
Technology (drugs, surgery) has estranged women from their bodies and the experience of natural childbirth, say the authors of this book. Women have been increasingly denied ownership of the birth process, giving it over to traditionally trained medical professionals (predominantly males). Armstrong, a midwife, and Feldman, a medical writer, discuss how this has come to pass, what the consequences have been, and how things are changing. Although the authors are sometimes overzealous in stating their case, for the most part they provide a fair and balanced treatment of the subject. This is a valuable book for anyone interested in alternative approaches to modern birthing practices. Another book with the same message is Marion McCartney and Antonia Van Der Meer's The Midwife's Pregnancy and Childbirth Book: Having Your Baby Your Way (LJ 4/15/90); smaller libraries that already have that book probably won't need this one.-- Kathleen L. Atwood, Pomfret Sch. Lib., Ct.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781905177035
Publisher:
Pinter & Martin Ltd
Publication date:
03/15/2007
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.35(w) x 8.64(h) x 0.73(d)

Meet the Author

Penny Armstrong (Cape Elizabeth, near Portland, Maine) has delivered over 1,000 babies and enjoyed a 25-year career in nurse-midwifery including teaching and practice in home, hospital and birth centers. Sheryl Feldman (Seattle, WA) is a writer, teacher, and not–for-profit communications manager. She also co-founded Hedgebrook, a retreat for women writers and is the initiator of its community residency project Women Writers of the Arab World.

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Wise Birth: Bringing Together the Best of Natural Childbirth and Modern Medicine 1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The subtitle to this book (Bringing Together the Best of Natural Childbirth and Modern Medicine) is VERY misleading. The book tells many horror stories of giving birth in a hospital and many beautiful stories about giving birth in an Amish home. It even makes you feel bad if you have a male OBGYN. As an educated women (I have a PhD) I was really looking for a book that brought together natural childbirth and modern medicine. I did not want something that made me feel bad about wanting to give birth in a hospital nor did I want a book that glorified surgery to deliver a baby. I believe doctors and or midwifes are great but wanted to educate myself on how to combine the best of both worlds. If that is what you are looking for this is NOT the book for you. If you want no medical intervention and want to give birth with no technology, in candle or lantern light at home then this is a book for you.