Childbirth Without Fear: The Principles and Practice of Natural Childbirth

Childbirth Without Fear: The Principles and Practice of Natural Childbirth


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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!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781780660554
Publisher: Pinter & Martin Ltd
Publication date: 05/16/2013
Pages: 356
Sales rank: 115,374
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Grantly Dick-Read (1890-1959) studied at Cambridge and at the London Hospital. The publication of Childbirth without Fear caused 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

Index 334

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