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2.0 out of 5 stars Outdated, 6 May 2010
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This review is from: Childbirth without Fear: The Principles and Practice of Natural Childbirth (Paperback)
This book, although I found it interesting in parts, ended up making me feel quite angry. I found it difficult to deal with his outdated, sexist and sometimes bordering on misogynistic views. For sure, his ideas on the fear-tension-pain syndrome are based in fact and one can't deny that woman are often conditioned in to believing childbirth is more horrific than it is; but he seemed to infer in parts that women are, for the most part, just inventing the pain of contractions, along with menstrual cramps I suppose. Some of the statements voiced in the book, for example that women choose not to breastfeed because they are either selfish, vain or psychopathic just made me laugh out loud. Having said this it is peppered with quite sensible and helpful 'advice' if you can bare to claw your way through the rest of his antedeluvian ideas. Perhaps if it had been written by someone who had actually given birth I might be a bit more sympathetic towards it!
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