Spiritual Midwifery

Spiritual Midwifery

by Ina May Gaskin
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Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May Gaskin

Here is the 4th edition of the classic book on home birth that introduced a whole generation of women to the concept of natural childbirth. Back again are even more amazing birthing tales, including those from women who were babies in earlier editions and stories about Old Order Amish women attended by the Farm midwives.

Also new is information about the safety of techniques routinely used in hospitals during and after birth, information on postpartum depression and maternal death, and recent statistics on births managed by The Farm Midwives.

From the amazing birthing tales to care of the newborn, Spiritual Midwifery is still one of the best books an expectant mother could own. Includes resources for doulas, childbirth educators, birth centers, and other organizations and alliances dedicated to improving maternity care at home and in hospitals.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940012298676
Publisher: Book Publishing Company, The
Publication date: 03/06/2002
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 406,733
File size: 20 MB
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About 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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Spiritual Midwifery 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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