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Spiritual Midwifery [Paperback]

Ina May Gaskin
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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Book Publishing Company; 3rd Revised edition edition (Dec 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0913990639
  • ISBN-13: 978-0913990636
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 833,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Called "the midwife of modern midwifery" by Salon, Ina May Gaskin has practiced for nearly forty years at the internationally lauded Farm Midwifery Center. She is the only midwife for whom an obstetric maneuver has been named (Gaskin maneuver). She is the author of Spiritual Midwifery, Ina May's Guide to Childbirth, and Ina May's Guide to Breastfeeding.

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Providing technical expertise for midwives, nurses and doctors, this book features information on labour, delivery, care of the new baby, and breast-feeding, all from a spiritual perspective. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic. A "must have". 5 May 1998
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Format:Paperback
This book changed my life! Iread it about 13 years ago and it was the deciding factor in my going to nursing school. (at that time direct entry midwives were illegal in Florida). This book totally reinforces "birth" as a spiritual and natural event. Ina May also stresses the importance of babies in the birthing process and in our lives, as well as the relationship of the mother and father. This book offers positive affirmations of the birthing process that it should be read by anyone who is pregnant or wants to be.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
I just finished reading this book. I was interested in learning more about natural childbrith and came away with insight into not only the physical but the essential spirtitual and emotional aspects about birth. I really loved the comments about how both partners(mother and father)need to "get it together" emotionally to be prepared for this event. I also enjoyed the the advice not to complain, that your outlook and attituted affects labor. I am glad to see this book wasn't at all sugarcoated, it dealt with complications in birth and death with such dignity and grace as well as highlighting the amazing success rates of natural childbirth. I had no idea when I started reading it that it was about an alternative "hippie" community. Very different from my personal life but I totally respect all of the individuals who made the decision to live such a simple life and focus on the amazing spirituality that surrounds us all in everday life. A definite must read!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warm, funny, fascinating and informative 18 May 1997
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Format:Paperback
This is truly the best book I've ever read on childbirth. It is full of real stories of real women giving birth-the good bad and ugly. It is very inspiring. NOT your typical "breathe, play cards and study Lamaze book!" Full of practical advice as well as detailed information written in plain english for midwives. Full of pictures, art and wisdom.
Pati Faul
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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I found this book a lovely read, particually the birth stories although the language used was a bit dated (in my experience) it did not detract to much from the message. The book shows atrust in a womens ability to birth her baby that will inspire any that read it. I just wish that I had read it before the births of my children rather than after. This book also gives me faith that I will achieve my dream of being a midwife.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sweet,Powerful Birthing Book! 10 July 1998
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Everyone aspiring midwife should read this book FIRST, while in their studies!! It really humanizes and humbles the birth process and makes one realize how smooth and natural birth is and has been for centuries..
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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My mother handed down a older version of this book to me with my first child. I found it very helpful in understanding more about child birth and pregnancy. I am now pregnant with my third child and have found something interesting and new in reading this book with all of my children. There is a due date chart that has proved to be closer to my acctual date then the doctors. I have recomended this book to all of my pregnant friends and I will pass this book on to my own children.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic in it's genre 8 May 1997
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Not only is this book both spiritually inspiring and technichally informative, it's also a really good read. You would expect anyhing written/edited by the woman frequently referred to as "the mother of modern midwifery" to be pompous and formal, but it's charmingly personal and approachable, from the slangy, non-clinical language to the occasional spelling error. It's a breath of fresh air compared with today's slicker - than -slick publishing style. Essential for both the expectant mother and aspiring midwife.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent calmer for first or fifth time mom 22 Dec 1998
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I was given this book when I was pregnant with our first child. Not being able to attend Lamze nor having any close friends that had yet had children, this book did much to acquaint me with birthing and pregnancy in a gentle and welcoming way.
It includes some valuable information on the actual birth process but always with a reverent and positive outlook, even when relating some of the things that go wrong.
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