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!
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About 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.
Table of Contents
Foreword Ina May Gaskin vii
Preface to the First Edition Grantly Dick-Read xii
Preface to the Fourth Edition Grantly Dick-Read xv
Childbirth Without Fear
Introduction Grantly Dick-Read 1
1 The Science of Obstetrics 3
2 Motherhood from Many Points of View 7
3 A Philosophy of Childbirth 15
4 Anatomy and Physiology 24
5 The Pain of Labour 32
6 Factors Predisposing to Low Threshold of Pain Interpretation 41
7 Fear 47
8 Imagery and the Conditioning of the Mind 58
9 The Fear of Childbirth 65
10 The Retreat of Fear 84
11 Diet in Pregnancy 102
12 The Phenomena of Labour 112
13 The Relief of Pain in Labour 130
14 Hypnosis m Childbirth as a Means of Pain Relief 151
15 The Conduct of Labour 156
16 Childbirth in Emergency 179
17 Breast-feeding and Rooming-in 185
18 The Husband and Childbirth 205
19 Antenatal Education 217
20 Preparation for Labour 238
21 Antenatal Schools of Instruction and Their Organisation 258
22 In Conclusion 263
Appendix: The Autobiography of Grantly Dick-Read 277
What People are Saying About This
A 21st century edition of this historic - even legendary - book must be warmly welcomed.
obstetrician and author
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
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
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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
I read this book back in 1957 when at age 19, expecting my first child. I followed all the suggestions and practiced relaxation daily. My first labor, delivery and birth was a textbook classic. Subsequent births varied in intensity, but with the deep relaxing techniques, even a face-up presentation that required some manipulating was manageable. Had 4 healthy sons by the time I was 29.
Dr. Grantly was the first to educate his patients about labor and birth, confident that if women were prepared for the experience, they could give birth free from fear and pain.
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.