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A Wise Birth: Bringing Together the Best of Natural Childbirth and Modern Medicine by [Armstrong, Penny, Feldman, Sheryl]
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This thoughtful and well-written book should be read by any and all prospective parents.--Publishers Weekly

Exquisite...A Wise Birth speaks eloquently about the uncompromising power of birth.--Mothering

Eloquent... An inspiring and freshly stated vision of a central experience in women's lives.--Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

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 centres. She and her husband Rich currently live and work in their home state of Maine where she counsels people on living healthy lifestyles. Sheryl Feldman is a writer, teacher, and not-for-profit communications manager. She also co-founded Hedgebrook, a retreat for women writers and is the initiator of its community residency project Women Writers of the Arab World. Apart from A Wise Birth and A Midwife's Story, she also wrote Bangkok Zigzag, a documentary on motorcycle taxi drivers in Bangkok. Passionate for international travel and crossing cultures, she lives in Seattle and has two sons and two granddaughters. Sheila Kitzinger M.B.E, M.Litt was a social anthropologist of birth and author of 25 books published internationally, most on the emotional journey through this major life experience. At Oxford in the 50s she discovered that the social anthropology of that time was almost entirely about men. She decided she would do research to discover what was important in women's lives, and focused on pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding. Her five children were all born at home. She lectured widely in different countries and has learned from mothers and midwives in the USA and Canada, the Caribbean, Eastern and Western Europe, Israel, Australia and New Zealand, Latin America, South Africa and Japan, and from women in prison and those who have had a traumatic birth experience. She died April 11, 2015. Her website is www.sheilakitzinger.com

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 733 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Pinter & Martin; 2nd edition (24 Jan. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004KSPXNM
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #570,817 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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 Wise commentary on childbirth! 17 Feb. 2014
By LaRae Lacrosse - Published on Amazon.com
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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 A classic 25 Nov. 2016
By Lyndsy R. - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a wonderful read as I prepare for my second natural childbirth. It provides an excellent commentary on why to fight for your bid h preferences with context and examples to round out the argument.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative but not dry 29 Mar. 2013
By Brianna LaShae Majors - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
5.0 out of 5 stars insightful book 26 Jan. 2014
By Joy Wilder - Published on Amazon.com
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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 Life changing, life affirming! 13 Mar. 2015
By Lori Biesecker - Published on Amazon.com
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I read this between the births of my first and second children. It gave me a vision for the wisdom of treating birth as a normal part of life and not an emergency requiring intervention in most cases. The stories are what allow the vision to sink in and take shape. So valuable! I am grateful I discovered it -- my second and third births were far the better for what I learned.
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