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Product details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Pinter & Martin Ltd. (31 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905177305
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905177301
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 1.1 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 177,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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" Frederick Leboyer was the first physician to bring an enlightened perspective to parents, physicians, and nurses. . . . He taught those who would listen a fundamental lesson: treat a newborn infant as if it is aware of everything going on around it and being done to it. Because it is!"

" A major breakthrough . . . Beautifully written and beautifully illustrated."

" "Birth without Violence" is a work of art, and Frederick Leboyer is the artist of this century who will have the greatest influence on the health and way of life of the next generations."

" This book, which teaches us just how conscious babies are at birth, serves to expand the focus of a nurturing birth environment to include both baby and mother." ?

" Amazing . . . "Birth without Violence" is a sensual experience, visually and verbally, as its poetic prose blends with the pictures like the unfolding of a happy dream. . . . The impact is strong, [Leboyer's] appeal inviting."

" One of the twenty books that changed the world." ?

& quot; One of the twenty books that changed the world.& quot;

& quot; One of the twenty books that changed the world.& quot; ?

& quot; A major breakthrough . . . Beautifully written and beautifully illustrated.& quot;

& quot; This book, which teaches us just how conscious babies are at birth, serves to expand the focus of a nurturing birth environment to include both baby and mother.& quot; ?

& quot; Birth without Violence is a work of art, and Frederick Leboyer is the artist of this century who will have the greatest influence on the health and way of life of the next generations.& quot;

& quot; Amazing . . . Birth without Violence is a sensual experience, visually and verbally, as its poetic prose blends with the pictures like the unfolding of a happy dream. . . . The impact is strong, [Leboyer's] appeal inviting.& quot;

& quot; Frederick Leboyer was the first physician to bring an enlightened perspective to parents, physicians, and nurses. . . . He taught those who would listen a fundamental lesson: treat a newborn infant as if it is aware of everything going on around it and being done to it. Because it is!& quot;

"One of the twenty books that changed the world."?

"A major breakthrough . . . Beautifully written and beautifully illustrated."

"This book, which teaches us just how conscious babies are at birth, serves to expand the focus of a nurturing birth environment to include both baby and mother."?

"Frederick Leboyer was the first physician to bring an enlightened perspective to parents, physicians, and nurses. . . . He taught those who would listen a fundamental lesson: treat a newborn infant as if it is aware of everything going on around it and being done to it. Because it is!"

"One of the twenty books that changed the world."

"One of the twenty books that changed the world."?

"Birth without Violence is a work of art, and Frederick Leboyer is the artist of this century who will have the greatest influence on the health and way of life of the next generations."

"Amazing . . . Birth without Violence is a sensual experience, visually and verbally, as its poetic prose blends with the pictures like the unfolding of a happy dream. . . . The impact is strong, [Leboyer's] appeal inviting."

""Birth without Violence" is a sensual experience, visually and verbally, as its poetic prose blends with the pictures like the unfolding of a happy dream. . . . The impact is strong, [Leboyer's] appeal inviting."--"The Boston Globe "

"One of the twenty books that changed the world."--Utne Reader

"One of the twenty books that changed the world." --Utne Reader

""Birth without Violence" is a work of art, and Frederick Leboyer is the artist of this century who will have the greatest influence on the health and way of life of the next generations."

"A major breakthrough . . . Beautifully written and beautifully illustrated."

"Amazing . . . "Birth without Violence" is a sensual experience, visually and verbally, as its poetic prose blends with the pictures like the unfolding of a happy dream. . . . The impact is strong, [Leboyer's] appeal inviting."

"Frederick Leboyer was the first physician to bring an enlightened perspective to parents, physicians, and nurses. . . . He taught those who would listen a fundamental lesson: treat a newborn infant as if it is aware of everything going on around it and being done to it. Because it is!"

"This book, which teaches us just how conscious babies are at birth, serves to expand the focus of a nurturing birth environment to include both baby and mother."

"Water births, less hospital chaos and more suggestions for improved birth environments fill "Birth Without Violence", which is worth consideration to any expecting mother." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

PARENTING / CHILDBIRTH "One of the twenty books that changed the world." --Utne Reader "Birth without Violence is a work of art, and Frederick Leboyer is the artist who will have the greatest influence on the health and way of life of the next generations." --Michel Odent, M.D., author of Birth Reborn "Birth without Violence is a sensual experience, visually and verbally, as its poetic prose blends with the pictures like the unfolding of a happy dream. . . . The impact is strong, [Leboyer's] appeal inviting." --The Boston Globe Birth without Violence is the first book to express what mothers have always known: babies are born complete human beings with the ability to experience a full range of emotions. First published in 1974, it revolutionized the way we perceive the process of birth, urging us to consider birth from the infant's point of view. Why must a child emerge from the quiet darkness of the womb into a blaze of blinding light and loud voices? Why must an infant take its first breath in terror, hanging upside down as its vulnerable spine is jerked straight? Why must the infant be separated from its mother after spending nine months inside her nourishing body? Examining alternatives to technocentric approaches to childbirth, this new edition of the classic text shows us how we can ease the transition from womb to world without trauma or fear. Birth without Violence illustrates how to create an environment of tranquillity in which to welcome our children: a relaxed mother, gentle lighting, soothing atmosphere, and a warm bath that mirrors the child's prenatal surroundings. Dr. Leboyer's simple techniques demonstrate how a birth without violence has far-reaching implications for improving the quality of human life physically, emotionally, and spiritually. FReDeRICK LEBOYER, M.D., was the first physician to challenge society's beliefs about awareness in the newborn, revolutionizing the course of prenatal care and the way babies are introduced into the world. A retired obstetrician who attended more than 10,000 births, he is a graduate of the University of Paris School of Medicine where he served as Chef de Clinique. He lives in Switzerland. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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By A Customer on 14 April 1999
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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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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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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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By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Feb. 2001
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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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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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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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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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