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A Wise Birth: Bringing Together the Best of Natural Childbirth and Modern Medicine [Kindle Edition]

Penny Armstrong , Sheryl Feldman
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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"Penny Armstrong is a symbol of the revival of midwifery." -Michael Odent, obstetrician and author"

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What is the ideal way to give birth to your baby? Is it a high-tech delivery, with drugs, and monitors, and surgery? Or is it more naturally, with a midwife and/or birth center? Is it possible today to combine the best of twentieth-century medicine with the human advantages of a natural childbirth? Penny Armstrong and Sheryl Feldman, authors of the acclaimed A Midwife's Story , explore the issues that influence the way women give birth: technology, psychology, culture, medications, history, and women's relationships with their mothers. They demonstrate, in a warm and convincing fashion, that most hospitals aren't designed to bring out the wisdom of the body at birth. And they reveal how to find a setting that will help make your child's birth a healthy and powerful experience. Informative, provocative, and based on the latest medical research as well as on Penny Armstrong's years of experience as a certified nurse-midwife, A Wise Birth is essential reading for mothers, fathers, and health-care professionals.

'This thoughtful and well-written book should be read by any and all prospective parents.' Publishers Weekly
'Eloquent...An inspiring and freshly stated vision of a central experience in women's lives.' Kirkus Reviews
'Infinitely subtle and a pleasure to read.' The Dallas Morning News
'Exquisite... A Wise Birth speaks eloquently about the uncompromising power of birth.' Mothering

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 461 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Pinter & Martin; 2nd edition (24 Jan. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #125,165 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Penny Armstrong has delivered over 1,800 babies and enjoyed a 25 year career in nurse-midwifery including teaching and practice in home, hospital and birth centers.
She and her husband Rich currently live and work in their home state of Maine where she counsels people on living healthy lifestyles.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read 6 Feb. 2007
I love this book so much. I want everyone who has anything to do with birth to read it. Penny and Sheryl talk so much sense. They answer so many of the questions which are running around my head when I return from another dispiriting shift on labour ward. It reminds me of why I wanted to be a midwife and why it is important to help women be empowered by their birth experience so that motherhood becomes a positive experience. It reminds me to reflect on my practice; reminds me that blaming women is unacceptable, and that we need to keep up the fight for more time and fight the medicalisation of birth.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wise book 11 Feb. 2007
An engaging affecting book, its plain-speaking authority comes from the heart and draws on years of experience. I wish I had read it before my children were born. Recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Real wisdom 25 Jun. 2007
By Rosey
Thoughtful, inspirational, plainly and movingly written: a must for childbirth educators, midwives and parents alike.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally a balanced view 1 April 2013
This book does an excellent job of covering both the evolution of natural childbirth over the centuries alongside the development of modern obstetrics and how the two intermingle. Really helpful, wise information & thoughts which have helped me prepare for the birth of my first child. The authors don't make any sweeping claims about the glories (or lack thereof) of childbirth and instead offer reality, options & wisdom from years of experience. A breath of fresh air in a field that is riddled with polarised claims of pain- free birthing or the evils of modern medicine. I only wish the authors had spent more time on the psychology of birthing. This is touched on toward the end with some really profound reflections but then it gets dropped way too soon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wise commentary on childbirth! 17 Feb. 2014
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A must read for anyone interested in birth culture and how we have arrived at our current social/medical philosophy of pregnancy, childbirth and family. Well documented, thoughtfully organized, clearly articulated and punctuated with stories of birth accomplished peacefully as well as what can (and often does) happen when pregnancy and birth are treated as diseases to be cured rather than as milestones and challenges which women can rise to meet, gaining courage and confidence in the process.
5.0 out of 5 stars insightful book 26 Jan. 2014
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Although I did not agree with everything the author had to say, this was a very insightful book. It had many antidotes about what made labor go smoothly and the hindrances of the modern hospital birth environment.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative but not dry 29 Mar. 2013
By Brianna LaShae Majors - Published on
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I really enjoyed this book, I have read a few similar to it and I appreciated the way they attempted to look at interventions and the modern birth culture from all perspectives, just explaining why things are the way they are and what impact that has on the average birth without really assigning blame. I think that every expectant mother should read this book, as well as all women interested in celebrating womanhood and having a strong feminine culture to pass on to their daughters.
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