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Let Birth be Born Again: Rediscovering and Reclaiming Our Midwifery Heritage [Paperback]

Jean Elaine Sutton , Sue Pocock
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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Birth Concepts UK (10 Nov 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954163109
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954163105
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 14.8 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 563,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The most useful book I read when pregnant 3 Mar 2003
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Jean Sutton is a New Zealand midwife of long standing. This book is directed at fellow midwives, but this does not stop it being a very worthwhile read for any mum-to-be.
Working from her years of experience, Jean describes the concept of Optimal Fetal Positioning. This relates to the position that the baby is lying in the uterus. She explains how and why babies with their spine pressing against the mother's left front are more liekly to be born quickly, easily and less painfully. This is backed up with clear down-to-earth explanations. She then explores ways in which the mother can encourage the baby into this position in the weeks before birth: for instance by sitting forward, instead of slumping back in an armchair, and which position to sleep in.
I was very sceptical when I was lent this book, but soon was convinced by Jean's straightforward reasoning. I adopted her practices and my baby was born after an easy labour of just four hours total. I would certainly follow her advice for my next baby!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, fantastic concept 17 Jun 2011
Fantastic book. I read it while pregnant with my first baby. I'm not a midwife but i'm a nurse, however the book is still very well written for a non-medical person to understand the concepts. I followed much of what was advised throughout my pregnancy and went on to have such an easy birth, 3h45m total and only 11 minutes of pushing! I loved every second of giving birth, this book made me feel so in control and i felt that if there were problems then I could help myself and help my midwife to help me. I couldn't recommend a more fantastic way of readying yourself and your baby for an amazing birth!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Crucial Concepts For Easier Births 22 Dec 2008
By Callie Foulk - Published on
I became familiar with Jean Sutton's theories about optimal fetal positioning (OFP) about eight years ago, when I was searching for information about how to avoid posterior presentation. Her advice was like manna from heaven for a woman terrified of another excruciating back labor. She provided the formula for optimally positioning babies during pregnancy which leads to easier, more efficient, less painful labors. It involved lifestyle adjustments and minor inconveniences, but the pay-offs were well worth it to me. I partially attribute the ease of my second birth to OFP (10+ lb baby girl born at home after a nearly painless 90 minute labor).

I recently reacquainted myself with Jean Sutton's work because it is required reading for the Birth Works childbirth educator certification program I'm enrolled in.

The premise is simple. So simple, and yet crucial, that it's hard to believe OFP is not widely known and endorsed by every birth professional. And yet I know several Bradley instructors who've never heard of it, and I'm certain most obstetricians are unacquainted with it or there wouldn't be so many vacuum assisted deliveries and c-sections. My first midwife either didn't know, or failed to tell me. What a difference knowing would have made the first time around.

I believe all expectant mothers need to know how to practice optimal fetal positioning. What a shame that both of Sutton's books (Optimal Fetal Positioning and Let Birth Be Born Again) are out of print! It is well worth the expectant mother's time to locate a used copy of either book or to seek out childbirth educators, midwives, or doulas who can teach these crucial concepts.

My only reservations about Sutton's views stem from the fact that she focuses a lot on pelvis types--gynecoid, anthropoid, android, platypoid. She teaches that evaluating a woman's pelvic shape can help the midwife predict what kind of labor a woman will have. I'm not a midwife, but after eight years of reading and learning everything I can about birth, I know that many things influence labor, including the beliefs of the mother and everyone she surrounds herself with during birth. I've found midwife Jeannine Parvati Baker's views reassuring: barring malnourishment or congenital defect, every pelvis is a good pelvis. I think it is more helpful to focus on elements over which we have control: fostering healthy behaviors and empowering attitudes. Optimal Fetal positioning is an important addition to conscientious preparations for birth.
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