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  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Terra Pub (Aug. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966106601
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966106602
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 846,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S.M.Grant on 3 Jan. 2004
Format: Paperback
I bought this book thinking it would be a "how to..." guide, but it wasn't. The book explored the reasons people might want to have an unassisted homebirth. It did make a very interesting read. I especially liked the chapter where couples told their own stories. Very inspiring stuff! It gave lots of information and there was lots to take in and think about. I wouldn't recommend it to only people thinking about unassisted homebirth, but to anyone one who is interested in childbirth.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Mother of two, both birthed unassisted.... 10 Mar. 2002
By "artofbirthing" - Published on
Format: Paperback
I am profoundly thankful for this book. Although it came out right after the birth of my first child, I got some of the advance copies and immediatly recognized what a valuable resource this was going to be for couples interested in birth.
My husband an I choose to birth our babies peacefully, and safely by ourselves. I am thankful everyday for that desision. As a Childbirth Educator, I hear, of woman being abused and violated in Birth, of babies being hurt and isolated, and I am so sad that more families couldn't have found and read this book. Lynn does an excellant job of shareing the joys of couples homebirth. The incredible attachment that forms in the family when only the family participates in the rite of passage of birth. When the baby only sees his mother and father and feels their loving bare hands, he is welcomed in the way nature intended. God, nature, what ever, did not make latex gloves growing on trees, neither is it designed for us to have strangers at this most important time in the families life.
Lynn does the world a service when she makes this information available to the public. As Suzzanne Arms says, "Only when we change the way we treat eachother at birth, will we be able to change the violence in this world." More people would reap the benifits of a connected, nurturing, caring society if they were to read and implement "Unassisted Homebirth".
This book complete with examples, stories, suggestions, and ideas will be a valuable resource to the family seeking a connected birth and parenting experiece. I applaude Lynns work, as I'm sure It will help to change our cultural beliefs about birth being a dangerous event fraght with pain. She tells quite correctly I might add, that Birth can be perfect, safe, joyful and attainable, when we give birth in the way we were intended, simply with the one person in the world that we concieved with!
45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful book! Highly recommended 25 Oct. 1999
By Laura Shanley - Published on
Format: Paperback
I must admit, my first thought upon hearing that Lynn Griesemer was writing a book about unassisted birth was, "What more is there to say?" (I had also written a book on the subject). I soon learned there was a lot more to say! Lynn's book is full of interesting insights, tips, observations, suggestions, and stories about this most intimate "act of love." I would highly recommend this book for anyone interested in learning not only how to take their own birth into their hands, but their own life as well.
23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
I liked the book and enjoyed reading it... 29 Mar. 2003
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
I have a lot of the same views. Childbirth is a natural function of women's bodies, not a crisis situation to be treated with interventions. I have seen the same situation in my state regarding midwives. I have had the same bad experiences with hospitals and doctors who do not respect women's rights in childbirth. My unassisted homebirth was by far one of the most wonderful things I have ever experienced. It was so different than my hospital births, so much more peaceful. It drew my husband I closer to each other and the Lord and we were able to bond instantly with our child. I did give myself excellent prenatal care before embarking on this journey and had one ultrasound to ensure everything was looking good. This was my 4th birth and lasted only 20 minutes. What a remarkable difference when compared to my hospital births!
The only thing I did not like about the book was that it did not give more information on how to handle the more common problems at birth such as the cord around the neck, meconium, etc. For that, I recommend Spiritual Midwifery and internet research.
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Unassisted Homebirth is an excellent resource. 30 Dec. 1998
By Annmarie G. Klyzub Kalmar, Doula, editor of Special Delivery magazine ( - Published on
Format: Paperback
Lynn Griesemer's Unassisted Homebirth: An Act of Love is a good resource for anyone determined to have a DIY birth (Do-it-Yourself birth). Additionally, labor support doulas, childbirth educators, and midwives can find useful information between the covers. While, of course, Griesemer's position is pro-homebirth, she fairly and consistently advises readers why they may not be candidates for unassisted homebirth. However, even though she discusses both sides, the book is clearly written for those who have already decided to give birth at home without a midwife or medical caregiver present. Griesemer makes some excellent points about the values of unassisted homebirth: empowerment, woman- and partner-centered (husband-centered) birth, and the effectiveness of labor support. The author also provides a few pages on labor doulas. She explains that some DIYs prefer to have someone other than their partner for support in attendance. In her view, the most logical choice would be a labor doula. Griesemer makes a good case for labor doulas pointing out how effective they are in reducing length of labor. I especially enjoyed the questions and answers throughout the book. Griesemer sent out questionnaires to families that experienced unassisted homebirths. Their answers ranged from the practical to the metaphysical-both of which are quite enlightening. My favorite section of this book appealed to my romantic side and I feel it is noteworthy. Griesemer's strongest reason for affirming and promoting homebirths is one of unity and love. She states, "Both partners conceived the child together and it seems logical they should both embrace the birth, the beginning of their parenting journey together. Traditional birth experiences pull a couple apart rather than strengthen their unity." Birth and sex are intimate experiences, both with similarities. Griesemer asks, if sex is intimate and private, shouldn't birth be?
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
A book deeply rooted in reality about birth 8 Jan. 1999
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Format: Paperback
This book is a definite must-read for any woman that is thinking of conceiving a child or who is already pregnant. This book is not "on the fringe", despite its slightly shocking title. ;) It is a book for all women (and the men who love them) about how to go about getting a birth that is satisfying for the couple, as well as ensuring the most safety for mother and baby. It is a real book that tells the truth about what you're really gaining, and missing, when you leave the OB and the midwife knocking at your door.
One thing I really appreciated was the chapter devoted to men's experiences of birth. This is a topic not covered in many other books, and definitely not in this kind of detail. Every woman knows that it's one thing to talk to a woman about birth, and a total other thing to talk to a man about what they want. It is their baby too, and this book is written for the couple.
I will be buying this book for all my pregnant friends to read!
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