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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Imperative to your baby's first breath ", 14 Jan. 2002
This review is from: Birth without Violence (Paperback)
This book will open your eyes and your heart. I have been recommending this book and lending my copy out to every expecting mother that I come across! It is in poem form -( don't let that put you off)- The explanations and actions that it gives you,( or more the choices for you to act upon)- are the most true to one's soul. As a woman, as a mother to be,as a powerful nurturing spirit- you have such a part to play and this book brings about confidence in doing so, with many finely tuned powerful "causes" in birth and the "effects" are more rewarding once you have read it and understood.
I wondered why instantly "what on earth people were thinking of in hospitals in this sterile world we live in !" Yes,it isn't always possible with a first birth to do everything this book suggests- but you can be as close to it as possible- it's the knowledge of it's effects that is important- The pictures of how babies look after being brought into the world through the intentions explained in the book, are phenomenal and make you want to be part of it instantly.
It's Powerful from beginning to end- your heart will explode. You can bring a baby into the world knowing he or she will gain so very much more trust and peace - it is afterall it's first exprience of our world- and how it feels in birth will have such a large imprint on it's conciousness - so you have a great chance to make sure this is as positive as possible. Which is such a vital part to play as a parent. You will be contributing to making sure this happens, without a doubt and that is why it is so very special. Enjoy.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love your baby - and weep, 14 April 1999
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This review is from: Birth without Violence (Paperback)
Get this book, even if you're going for "normal" hospital birth anyway. Reading it and posting copies of some pictures and "poems" in my baby's room stirred so much compassion for him in me, so that I hardly ever had a hard time with all his crying. This will help you love your baby more, and the way it's written will really move your heart!! (Even my practical, no-nonsense husband read all the way through it!!)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I highly recommend this book to all expectant parents!, 23 April 1999
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This review is from: Birth without Violence (Paperback)
Even though I went through a "normal" delivery, my husband and I utilized several of the principles that Dr. LeBoyer recommends in this book. The quietness and the bath automatically soothed our baby boy. The nurses were amazed at the calmness that enveloped our son as soon as he was placed into the bath. Please read this book and adapt its principles to your delivery.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Birth with dignity and respect for babies, 11 Feb. 1999
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After four hospital births, I was finally fed up with impersonal childbirth. This book was one of the first books I read while preparing for the homebirth of our fifth child. It was one of the few birth books that evoked respect for babies and peace at birth as opposed to a clinical presentation of birth. Our culture needs more books of this sort to show women that we need to birth our babies in a much more dignified manner, taking into consideration a genuine love for babies. Expectant couples everywhere should take a look at "Birth without Violence." Beautiful writing style and great photos!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Revolutionary and moving, 5 Feb. 2001
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This review is from: Birth without Violence (Paperback)
This book is more like a poem than a manual. It touches right at the heart of the issue of how we want to bring our children into the world, and the fact that we have a right to choose a birth like this, as much for our own sake as for the child's. In it's time it was stirring and political and that doesn't really come across these days, but it is still pushing forwards towards a more humane and peaceful way of living, which is brilliant. It is also beautifully written and has such poignancy it made me cry.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A timeless book of great beauty., 23 Dec. 1998
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The author shows what the birth of a child would look like if it were done from the point of view of the baby. He does this with a gentle narative and the most amazing photographs of a new born in the act of coming into this world. He also gives birth to something else: to the idea that the baby is fully alive and alert at birth and aware of his/hers surroundings. Be prepared to be horrified at the realization of how babies are "normally" treated, how YOU were probably treated, and what scars that has left. Don't be surprised if you feel a sense of mission of put this book in the hands of every doctor who ever did or ever will receive a license to practice medicine. A good campanion for this book would be anything on the topic Fetal Stimulation, that is: communicating with babies still in the womb eg. the Make Way for Baby video put out by AMPHION Communications or the Brave New Babies program that appeared on The Learning Channel late one night in 1997.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An eye-opener for those of us who forgot our own birth., 21 Dec. 1998
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WOW! This is one of the most touching, honest books I have ever read. Birth is a natural event that should take place in a natural setting. This book brings to light the forgotten beauty and simplicity of birth. It will open your eyes to the horrors of birth (yes babies can feel, see, sense, smell and hear when you yell, poke, prod, spank, shine bright lights and drop burning liquid into their eyes), and turn you on to the beauty of this wonderful experience. This book actually changed my life and led me onto the path of midwifery. Recommended to all humankind!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A poetic plea for medical reform, 9 Oct. 1997
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Like Wilhelm Reich, Leboyer uses over the top rhetoric to make a point - most people are screwed up because they were actually BORN THAT WAY - the experience of birth, as practiced in most hospitals, is traumatic, hellish, and unneccessarily degrading to mother and infant alike. Leboyer recommends more humane and gentle ways to introduce the newborn to the world and usher the mother through the experience, without straps, drugs or shaving. Includes many beautiful and disturbing photographs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!, 28 Jun. 2013
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After seeing some friends talking about this book on facebook, and reading the reviews I was intrigued.  This book is a combination of poetry and photography.  Pictures are used to illustrate the sentiment with barbaric accuracy.  Whilst reading it there were moments that I actually felt overwhelmed with emotion.  It simplicity compliments its sentiment. The only thing I felt uncertain about was the end, but then how can it end anyway, for the end must be open and invite action!

This is a testament to the powerful combination of text and image.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read, 11 Dec. 2011
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This is an empassioned plea to us all to value and understand the third stage of labour. A very emotional read that stirs many feelings as so many of us have not had the priviledge of a physiological third stage.
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