Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May Gaskin Birthing from Within by Pam England The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a. Buy Spiritual Midwifery 4th Revised edition by Ina May Gaskin (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on. “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.

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During a Farm birth, you apparently do not experience pain, you have “interesting sensations to which you must pay full attention”. Obviously if a woman feels cared for and relaxed and at ease, anythi My husband and I were of divided minds on this one.

Even just reading the first half, which is all birthing stories, is very inspiring. Wallacefather of Spirittual A. The Farm has a zip code. Apr 27, Terresa rated it it was amazing. The Farm is popular with middle-class American mothers who like to do things holistically. It left me with the confident knowledge that I wasn’t the first, I won’t be the last, and birth first and midwiferu belongs to women, not doctors.

Jan 24, Beth rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: But this book, instead of being frank about when surgery and advanced medical care result in a much healthier baby, seems to gloss over the long-term outcomes for babies born not breathing in the hands of people who consider prayer an important part of the solution. The Royal College of Midwives, since its foundation inhas sought to work with and support midwives from all over the world, through international forums and committees and by fostering links with individual midwives and associations.

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In my son’s birth, medical intervention was necessary, but Ina This has been, and still is, a very important book for pregnancy. It’s not a real how-to, nuts and bolts guide to home inz, though it does explain in great and graphic, not for young children detail the mechanics of it all. Jun 09, Sarah rated it it was amazing Shelves: But, the mention of spirituality is also in reference to a more traditional belief in god. In their heyday, Ina May says, the Farm’s community swelled to 1, people and her team of midwives handled around 30 births a month.


Yes, there was a midwife looking over my shoulder, but I did all the dirty work with my wife. I mainly enjoyed the historically relevant language, which was really groovy and inspired me to nay the Grateful Dead album onto the turntable. Information, explanations, personal stories, diagrams, illustrations, this book has it all!

The book has an atmosphere of acceptance and love and it really comforts a person facing the unknown. She is the only midwife — and only woman — in history to have an obstetric technique named after her, the Gaskin manoeuvre moving on to all fours to release the baby’s shoulders. Does anyone know – is she Christian with a smidgin of Buddhism?

Other midwives and students can contact Sara and Lorna at: It was right up in my thing, because I always tended to be a little lazy about spending my energy. We then travelled to The Farm where we spirotual just before dark, jetlagged and yet alive with anticipation. Would I choose to live there?

She is author of Spiritual Midwifery, now in its fourth edition. It really helped to make the whole experience more mqy and meaningful and enjoyable.

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I can’t help it if I grew up in San Francisco in the ’80s and am programmed to roll my eyes at terms like “turned on” even though I just used “turned spiritua, – they are completely different! Her father, Talford, grew up on a farm in Iowa that was lost to the bank during the Depression.

One of the spieitual most famous midwives and dedicated campaigners for natural childbirth has won a Again, not for the faint of heart, but for the open heart. May 19, Leaf rated it liked it. The midwives deal with midwifery and neonatal emergencies in much the same way as we have been taught at university.

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And me, reading it as atheist? Best birth book ever! There is a technical aspect too in the section for midwifes, but it is universal reading material worth your while as a new mom embarking on This made me more prepared for the road ahead in pregnancy that most other books.

Spiritual midwifery on The Farm

We’ve never circumcised a male baby on the Farm. There is also information for parents and midwives. It also offers s “Why,” you surely ask, “is a man reviewing Spiritual Midwifery? When I got pregnant later, I came back to it for inspiration and education. From the amazing birthing tales to care of the newborn, Spiritual Midwifery is still one of the best books an expectant mother could own.

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.

May 15, Elizabeth rated it it was amazing. This book will change how you think about pregnancy a My favorite childbirth book ever. According to Carol Lorentethe work of Gaskin and the midwives might not have had the impact it did, if it hadn’t been for the publication of her book Spiritual Midwifery We have three types of WPRs; stewards, learning reps and health and safety reps.

This mmidwifery is essentially a collection of stories from the 70s? Some of the farm’s birthing ethos is harsh: She illuminated the fact that not all birthing stories are challenging or unpleasant and that some people genuinely they’re not lying ENJOY birthing.