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Dick-Read's Childbirth without Fear: The Principles and Practice of Natural Childbirth (STARQUEST) [Paperback]

Grantly Dick-Read , Linton Snaith , Alan Coxon

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Born in Britain in 1890, Grantly Dick-Read studied at Cambridge and at the London Hospital. He soon realised that there was something inherently wrong with the traditional methods of delivering babies, with their emphasis on intervention and the extensive use of anaesthetics.
The publication of Childbirth without Fear caused widespread controversy, but, encouraged by many women who had given birth using the 'Dick-Read method', Grantly Dick-Read dedicated his life to promoting natural childbirth. His writings inspired advocators of natural childbirth such as Janet Balaskas, Yehudi Gordon, Michel Odent, Ina May Gaskin and Sheila Kitzinger, and seem even more relevant today than when they were first published.
In 1948 he moved to South Africa, where he continued practising and teaching. In 1954 he conducted an extensive tour investigating childbirth practices of African tribes, which he described in his book No Time for Fear. Grantly Dick-Read died back home in England in 1959.

"Pioneers pass on unheard and unlamented until the trail they blazed is followed by a few who have believed. At the end they are discovered where their life's work is finished, mourned only by the wild flowers of the wilderness they loved." Grantly Dick-Read

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5.0 out of 5 stars please read this book! 29 Dec 2005
By Yael - Published on Amazon.com
In my opinion, everyone, especially future moms and dads, should read this book. God put this book in my path during my pregnancy, and my husband and I prepared for the birth according to Dick Read (except for the outdated nutritional suggestions). We had a wonderful birth, and I suffered no pain. There was only a few contractions at the end of the first phase of the birth where I felt overwhelmed and I got scared - Dick Read actually mentions this in his book, and had I remembered, I would not have gotten scared, and it would not have felt so overwhelming. Our baby was born naturally, without pain relief, without pain, and without complications. It was hard work though, but the book mentions that as well. One big factor is faith. Without God, I would not have found this book at the right time, nor would I have been able to fend off the fear that attacks from every side (especially other women!), nor hang on during the birth. If anyone wants to know more about our preparation or birth[...]
1.0 out of 5 stars No fear for a man waching the birth! 17 Aug 2012
By nellie - Published on Amazon.com
Oh... I just checked and found out the author died in 1958.
I am sure by now he is back to this world as a woman and now experiencing 12 or more child birth without any pain and fear! Imagine that!!!!!!
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