Spiritual Midwifery

10 best books like Spiritual Midwifery (Ina May Gaskin): Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year (Wise Woman Herbal Series, #1), Baby Catcher: Chronicles of a Modern Midwife, Pushed: The Painful Truth About Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care, The Doula Book: How A Trained Labor Companion Can Help You Have A Shorter, Easier, And Healthier Birth, Heart & Hands: A Midwife's Guide to Pregnancy & Birth, Birthing from Within: An Extra-Ordinary Guide to Childbirth Preparation, Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering: The Wisdom and Science of Gentle Choices in Pregnancy, Birth, and Parenting, Birth and Breastfeeding: Rediscovering the Needs of Women During Pregnancy and Childbirth, The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth (Revised), Born in the USA: How a Broken Maternity System Must Be Fixed to Put Women and Children First

AuthorSusun S. Weed
Simple, safe remedies for pregnancy, childbirth, lactation, and newborns.

Now in its 24th printing. A confirmed favorite with pregnant women, midwives, childbirth educators, and new parents. Packed with clear, comforting, and superbly helpful information.

Beginning with...
AuthorPeggy Vincent
An inspiring collection of birth stories by a charming midwife.

Each time she knelt to “catch” another wriggling baby—nearly three thousand times during her remarkable career—California midwife Peggy Vincent paid homage to the moment when pain bows to joy and the world makes way...
AuthorJennifer Block
In the United States, more than half the women who give birth are given drugs to induce or speed up labor; for nearly a third of mothers, childbirth is major surgery - the cesarean section. For women who want an alternative, choice is often unavailable: Midwives are sometimes inaccessible; in eleven...
The Doula Book: How A Trained Labor Companion Can Help You Have A Shorter, Easier, And Healthier Birth
AuthorJohn H. Kennell
More and more parents-to-be all over the world are choosing the comfort and reassuring support of birth with a trained labor companion called a "doula." This warm, authoritative, and irreplaceable guide completely updates the authors' earlier book, Mothering the Mother, and adds much new and important...
AuthorElizabeth Davis
The terrible labor and delivery of my first child was dismal, due to the barbaric idiocy of the obstetric teaching and methods in this country. Take a woman who's in labor, lay her on her back, occluding the femoral artery and cutting off blood flow. Stop labor by using gravity against her body. Inject...
Birthing from Within: An Extra-Ordinary Guide to Childbirth Preparation
AuthorPam England
Here is a holistic approach to childbirth that examines this profound rite-of-passage not as a medical event but as an act of self-discovery. Exercises and activities such as journal writing, meditation, and painting will help mothers analyze their thoughts and face their fears during pregnancy....
AuthorSarah J. Buckley
An authoritative guide to natural childbirth and postpartum parenting options from an MD who home-birthed her own four children.

Sarah Buckley might be called a third-wave natural birth advocate. A doctor and a mother, she approaches the question of how a woman and baby might have the most...
AuthorMichel Odent
At a time when pleas for the ?humanization? of childbirth are fashionable, the author suggests, rather, that we should first accept our ?mammalian? condition and give priority to the woman's need for privacy and to feel secure. The activity of the intellect, the use of language, and many cultural beliefs...
AuthorSheila Kitzinger
This new edition of The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth has been extensively revised to reflect scientific advances and cultural trends. Here, candidly and reasonably presented, is all the information expectant parents need to make their own decisions about everything--from which tests...
AuthorMarsden Wagner
In this rare, behind-the-scenes look at what goes on in hospitals across the country, a longtime medical insider and international authority on childbirth assesses the flawed American maternity care system, powerfully demonstrating how it fails to deliver safe, effective care for both mothers...
AuthorAviva Romm
Reading The Natural Pregnancy Book is like having your own personal herbalist and midwife at your side. Expertly written by Aviva Jill Romm, who has been providing family-centered natural health care for almost twenty years, it guides women through treating the common ills and ailments of pregnancy...
AuthorHenci Goer
As an intelligent woman, you are probably used to learning as much as you can before making major decisions. But when it comes to one of the most important decisions of your life--how you will give birth—it is hard to gather accurate, unbiased information. Surprisingly, much of the research does not...
AuthorWilliam Sears
Prepare for a safe and joyful birth-with the help of America's foremost baby and childcare experts Since women enjoy more birthing options today than ever before, the path toward a safe and satisfying birth can be fraught with important decisions. Planning, understanding the resources available...
AuthorRicki Lake
The national C-section rate is at an all-time high of 31 percent. Are all these C-sections necessary, or are some of them done simply for the sake of convenience? Inductions seem to be the norm, but are they always needed? Today, expectant mothers are often left feeling powerless, as their instincts...
AuthorSuzanne Arms
Published in 1994 (it seems to have also been published in 1997 with a different subtitle, but the copy I read was from ’94), this book is out of date in some respects; however, much of the information it contains is timeless. I would be interested to see what an updated version would say (this is itself...
AuthorRobbie Davis-Floyd
Why do so many American women allow themselves to become enmeshed in the standardized routines of technocratic childbirth--routines that can be insensitive, unnecessary, and even unhealthy? Anthropologist Robbie Davis-Floyd first addressed these questions in the 1992 edition. Her new preface...
Gentle Birth Choices
AuthorBarbara Harper
Birth as every woman would like it to be

• Recommended by Lamaze International as one of the top ten books for pregnant women and their families

• Includes a 45-minute DVD of six live gentle births

• More than 32,000 copies sold of the original edition

New parents...
Active Birth : The New Approach to Giving Birth Naturally
AuthorJanet Balaskas
Janet Balaskas led a movement of women who refused to give birth lying down. She has been teaching women about "active birth" ever since. In this updated and Americanized guide, Balaskas explains how to prepare for and experience a truly natural birth. She leads the pregnant woman through yoga-based...
Holistic Midwifery : Care During Pregnancy Vol. 1
AuthorAnne Frye
This text is the first of three volumes (two of which have been published) covering all aspects of midwifery care during pregnancy and childbirth and of the mother and baby after birth.
This volume discusses care from conception until the onset of labor. Topics include basic female anatomy and...
The Birth Partner
AuthorPenny Simkin
This is a really fantastic resource for any person in a supportive role to a pregnant woman.

The book goes into explicit but easily digestible detail of pregnancy, different types of labor, the types of support one can offer in labor, what you'll encounter in a home birth vs a hospital birth,...
Childbirth without Fear: The Principles and Practice of Natural Childbirth
AuthorGrantly Dick-Read
Although "Childbirth Without Fear" is a catchy title, I think a more accurate title would have been "Childbirth Without Ignorance." The basic gist is that the more a mother knows about the mechanics of childbirth, the more she is able to relax and break the fear-tension-pain cycle that leads to [in Dick-Read's...
Birth without Violence
AuthorFrédérick Leboyer
The classic guide to gentle birth that revolutionized the way we welcome our children into the world.

• The first book to express what mothers have always known: babies are born complete human beings with the ability to experience a full range of emotions.

• Shows how gentle lighting,...
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