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The Heart in the Womb: An Exploration into the Roots of Human Love and Social Cohesion

The Heart in the Womb: An Exploration into the Roots of Human Love and Social Cohesion [Kindle Edition]

Amali Lokugamage
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Modern-day life and our highly stressed, risk-averse society has led to a medicalised, fearful model of childbirth, one that has stripped the process of its wondrous magic. In this groundbreaking book, consultant obstetrician Dr Amali Lokugamage discusses ways in which every woman can aim to give birth in the most natural, supportive way possible, and looks at the wider implications for society at large. This is an exploration into the roots of human love and social cohesion.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 386 KB
  • Print Length: 158 pages
  • Publisher: Docamali Ltd (16 Oct 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005WF7KCO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #157,256 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sowing the seeds of love ... 22 Sep 2011
Amali Lokugamage, a consultant obstetrician working in London, has written an eye-opening book about her insights into the childbirth experience following the home birth of her son in 2008. This book is remarkable for a number of reasons. Firstly, though she weaves in research and opinion from a variety of other sources, the book is unapologetically subjective. For this is the book's central tenant: that pregnancy, birth, and the hormonal cocktail of the childbearing year has the potential to unlock every woman's inherent wisdom and intuition, a rite of passage which transforms us into strong and loving mothers. And that this transformation is the cornerstone of a strong and loving society. In this way it is a balancing sister-book to the increasing number of midwifery books which seek to speak the language of the medical establishment: research-based evidence as authority. Amali Lokugamage reminds us to listen to our own inner authority and experience as well. There are many ways of knowing, and for the best results we must learn to integrate them.
As Amali Lokugamage was over the age of 40 and a gestational diabetic at the time of her home birth, this book will be particularly interesting and encouraging to women making "unconventional" choices and the health professionals caring for them. But the book's lessons about what is fundamental to good, respectful maternity care extend far beyond this minority subset. It is a vision of what could be, for women, babies and society.
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I have read this amazing book which I thoroughly recommend to all my pregnant students (I am a pregnancy yoga teacher). It is written by an obstetrician who decided to have a home birth. The book explores all the aspects of pregnancy and birth from a medical standpoint as well as what are the pros and cons for having the least amount of medical interventions possible during that time. The book author, Dr. Lokugamage has, in her own pregnancy, discovered the benefits of yoga and how with yoga a woman can find her own strength, wisdom and power for the childbirth.
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I am a doula-in-training with four children of my own. I own many many books on birthing. This one was a revelation - to read a book written by a professional who was trained and worked in obstetrics confirming my own 'hippy' views on birth was an absolute joy! After my first hospital birth and then three beautiful homebirths, I feel really strongly that pregnancy and birth is a journey of the soul, an inner journey that cannot simply be reduced to numbers, timescales, measurements on a screen or clipboard. Each pregnancy has its own rhythm, each mother and baby are a unique dyad....., the biochemic, spiritual, and emotional aspect of pregnancy is completely ignored by obstetrics and this is what Dr. Amali discovered for herself. She fell down the rabbit hole and lost her faith in the machines, the micro-managed, no-can-do approach to birthing and instead listened more closely to her body and her baby. She became empowered by surrounding herself with wise women, by learning alternative solutions to pregnancy-related challenges, overcame her pregnancy diabetes, and softened into her pregnancy in a really inspiring and beautiful way. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. If you are wavering about whether you 'qualify' for a home birth, are being bullied into an obstetric birth you don't want, read this book and take heart. If an obstetrician can write a book telling you to listen to your own body, that's a pretty good endorsement of this 'unscientific' and yet life affirming, life-altering alternative journey! If your GP needs convincing, leave this copy lying around at their surgery or shove it under their door! Sometimes those entrenched in the medical model needs to be taught or reminded of the mystery and magic of birth.... and all it's gifts, lessons and joy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading 12 May 2014
By Annika
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I hope many Amali's obstetrician colleagues read this as well! Her writing style is unique and the story is fascinating.
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