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Childbirth Without Fear: The Principles and Practice of Natural Childbirth [Kindle Edition]

Grantly Dick-Read , Ina May Gaskin
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In an age when normal birth can still be overtaken by obstetrics, Grantly Dick-Read's philosophy is still as fresh and relevant as it was when he originally wrote this book. He unpicks the root causes of women's fears and anxiety about pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding with overwhelming heart and empathy. As one of the most influential birthing books of all time, Childbirth Without Fear is essential reading for all parents-to-be, childbirth educators, midwives and obstetricians!

This definitive reissue includes the full text of the fourth edition, the last completed by Grantly Dick-Read before his death in 1959, and The Autobiography of Grantly Dick-Read, compiled from his writings.

With a foreword by Ina May Gaskin.


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About the Author

Grantly Dick-Read (1890-1959) studied at Cambridge and at the London Hospital. The publication of Childbirth without Fearcaused widespread controversy but, encouraged by many women who had given birth using the 'Dick-Read method', he dedicated his life to promoting natural childbirth.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every pregnant woman 'must' read 25 Jan. 2014
By Nadia
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I have worked on a labour ward in Russia and have comforted hundreds of women in various stages of labour and I was personally present at over a hundred births. I am so pleased that I came across a book I can refer people to when they express incredulity at the fact that 90% of women give birth in Russia just on breathing techniques and a Russian equivalent of paracitamol and DO NOT suffer unbearable pain. (The 10% that do are given an epidural). I often found women's experience of pain was worse if their contractions had started in the middle of the night and they did not get much sleep; the book confirmed my observation. A must read for every pregnant woman. However you might want to go straight to chapter 3; the first two chapters mostly deal with political issues that are not longer relevant.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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A thoughtful and insightful book about childbirth and how it should be and can be for all women.
Explains the different process of pregnancy and childbirth and how the obstacles of fear and ignorance in the mother or those assisting the birth can sometimes be the biggest cause of a long and difficult labour and enhancer of pain in labour. Written by man who truly loves the magic and sacredness of childbirth and appreciates what is required by the mother and for the mother to keep it that way. Well worth reading. Reassuring empowering and educational
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every woman should read this 6 Jun. 2013
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What an amazing book, and so ahead of its time it's just as relevant today. Not sure I'll get through all of it before I give birth, because it's not a light read, but very informative, and dare I use the cliche - empowering.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They should teach this in schools 5 Nov. 2013
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Before I read this book I knew nothing of childbirth but the images we are shown on TV and movies. Despised having great grades in biology classes back in school, and despised having a very understanding mother who told me many things about childbirth, nothing compares to the insights this book holds.
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By LIZD
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Hard going. Really wanted to absorb this book and feel better prepared. Really agree strongly with the theory behind the book but language and pace was hard to follow and I was fully warned and prepared for the tone and language to be a little old fashioned! Skim read it at best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for natural childbirth advocates. 27 Jan. 2014
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I ordered this after reading the Hypnobirthing book by Marie Mongan. Very insightful and the author Grantly Dick-Read was years ahead of his time when he wrote this. A must for those wanting to experience natural childbirth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars really useful for third labour 11 Feb. 2015
By Mrs R
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A great read, really helped change my mindset about my third labour and birth - it was much easier because of the mental shift this book helped me make.
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