Spiritual Midwifery

Spiritual Midwifery

by Ina May Gaskin


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Providing technical expertise for midwives, nurses and doctors, this book features information on labour, delivery, care of the new baby, and breast-feeding, all from a spiritual perspective.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781570671043
Publisher: Book Publishing Company, The
Publication date: 01/01/2002
Edition description: 4TH
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 172,656
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

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 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
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
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
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!
ammichaels on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I read about childbirth. It was given to me by my sister, who had two healthy children, caught by midwives via natural childbirth.Ina May Gaskin is a midwife who lives in a farm co-op in Tennessee and, with her fellow midwives, they have birthed over 2,000 babies. 95% of the babies were born at home with no drugs. She has extremely rates of C-sections (less than 5%) and episiotomies. I was also impressed by this book because it talks about pregnancy and childbirth not as a medical condition, but as a natural process, and more importantly, as a spiritual journey.Yes, there's a lot of hippie language (I found it amusing) but what a wonderful book this is. I recommend it to all expectant mothers, especially those of you who want to really experience the joy that is childbirth. I was a little scared before, but now I am excited!
blog_antagonist on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Language is a little hokey...this book was originally written in the 70's. But if you can get past that, you will find a wonderfully empowering message. Ina Mae Gaskin is a pioneer in the field of modern Midwifery and the insight she shares in this book is invaluable, moving and inspiring.
Voracious_Reader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My husband and I were of divided minds on this one. I was able to get past the sort of hippie-go-lucky language and tone of the book to the meat of it--namely, that childbirth is a wonderful natural process that can go much better for the mother when she is surrounded by supportive individuals who are acting on her behalf and the baby's in a personal way rather than in a institutional, impersonal, intervention focused hospital. Obviously if a woman feels cared for and relaxed and at ease, anything, including childbirth would be easier to get through. My husband could not, however, get over the hippie nature of the book. While the book did not convince me to have a home birth, it did reinforce my intuition that the female body is made for birthing and that the focus of childbirth should be to support the body in doing what it normally does on the bodies' time table and in a way that works for that particular mother, rather than trying to hasten events with multiple medical interventions that carry with them side effects that may prolong labor and endanger the mother or child. The book is a collection stories from various individuals at a commune with topics concerning miscarriage, childbirth, postpartum depression, c-section, breach births etc... It's worth reading if you are unfamiliar with childbirth and would like read something that is insightful but not medical in an institutional way. It is female/human ability focused without being totally against medical interventions when they are needed; it just has the point of view that they're used far more than needed.
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