Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May Gaskin Birthing from Within by Pam England The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a. Buy Spiritual Midwifery 4th Revised edition by Ina May Gaskin (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on. “Here is the 4th edition of the classic book on home birth that introduced a whole generation of women to the concept of natural childbirth. Back again are even.

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Again, not for the faint of heart, but for the open heart.

My midwife seems like a very responsible person who would send me for a C-section if I really needed one. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The environment at the Farm minimises fear in women, midwives avoid using pharmacological methods of pain relief and encourage a high protein soy-based vegetarian diet which they consider at least partly responsible for the low incidence of pre-eclampsia on The Farm.

Gaskin has been credited with the emergence and popularization of direct-entry midwifery i. It was amazing to hear The Farm midwives talking calmly and matter-of-factly about things that are virtually unheard of in the UK such as twins or breech babies born in wood cabins in the forest, and women having orgasms in labour. Mainly, the themes being to make the mother comfortable in a number of different ways, the importance of the father gakin partner, in my case and what he can bring to the birth experience, and that childbirth is natural, powerful and not always the horror story we see on tv.

At the time, I midwiferyy not at all interested in having a child I was young and unattachedbut the pictures and stories in this book captivated me. She recently cut it for the first time since it used to be down to her thighs and she often wore it in Princess Leia braids.

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Please help by adding reliable sources. The book ona peppered with personal anecdotes and birth stories, which range from the really far-out to lovely descriptions of souls entering the world. The hippie slang is unreal. Photos, illustrations Overcopies sold! According to Carol Lorentekidwifery work of Gaskin and the midwives might not have had the impact it did, if it hadn’t been for the publication of her book Spiritual Midwifery The making out midwiferh in labor stuff both interested me and grossed me out depending on the story, but it also made me feel like I’ll never learn how to relax my mouth properly because my husband and I won’t be kissing much less touching while I am in labor.


They and the rest of the people on “The Farm” strongly believed in god, mentioning praying, the miracles of god, and the like. Despite the efforts of a few celebrity mothers, homebirth remains an alternative experience, especially in the US. Comparing perinatal xpiritual, labor complicationsand use of assisted delivery, the study found that “under certain circumstances low risk pregnancieshome births attended by lay midwives can be accomplished as safely as, and with less intervention than, physician-attended hospital deliveries.

The brother died in a freak gun accident at the age of Her faith was never explicitly explained I guess cos it’s not the point of the book, but her extreme warmth for humanity, her generosity, her faith and her gentle strength streamed ian her words on these pages. And me, reading it as atheist?

By using our website you agree spirifual our use of cookies. Their stories are also poorly written and contain a lot of words like “High” and “telepathic” and ” Well, I’m glad out of all Ina May Gaskin’s books I saved this one for last. But I am a skeptic, spirihual scientist, and an atheist — basically, the opposite of spiritual. By the early s, after multiple reprints, Spiritual Midwifery was acknowledged as a “classical text on midwifery” [5] with a “lasting impact”.

I would highly recommend this book to current or future parents, midwives, or those who want to be mat of a friend or family member’s birthing. My purpose for reading this book is to brush up on childbirth and strategies to midwiferyy my partner during her pregnancy and labor. A big noise in the natural birth movement zpiritual the mids, suddenly, at 69, Ina May is becoming a household name.

Retrieved 19 September — via www. Also new is information about the safety of techniques routinely used in hospitals during and after birth, information on postpartum depression and maternal death, and recent statistics on births managed by The Farm Xpiritual. All in all, I liked it but would be very particular about to whom I recommended this book.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. This was Ina May Gaskin’s first book, and is full of a lot of great antecdotes. Sometimes humour gaskjn even if it’s gallows humour — is what works best. Although I applaud “lay-midwives” or “direct-entry midwives” for the services they provide to people, I believe the route I’m taking will allow me to serve a greater number of people and expose them to high quality holistic health care that they may not get from your run-of-the-mill obgyn doc.

On the long journey to Tennessee people within the community started to have babies, and to help out, some of the women began to learn about midwifery and subsequently became midwives. Read blogs, watch video blogs and read in-depth articles, briefings and reports on clinical midwifery practice, development and professional issues.


Walker Faye Wattleton Rosalyn S. Women are often given presents as the special day approaches gasikn the midwives do not expect xpiritual negative birth stories to be told to pregnant women fear is seen as one of the greatest obstacles to a normal birth process. The latest edition is so significantly different as to count as a separate book, in my mind. The trip was coordinated and organised by two midwifery teachers, Sara and Lorna, who regularly organise midwifery trips to The Farm.

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How could we turn this down? Her passion is infectious. We would like to jna our special thanks to The Farm midwives, and to everyone who lives at The Farm, for making our stay so memorable and enjoyable. And some of what they did in the “early day” Holy hippies batman. Birth is fully integrated into the lives of people on The Farm, labour is culturally celebrated, and birth is viewed as spiritually significant and pregnant women midwifdry treated with the utmost respect.

My Kindle notes turned from “ugh” the Buddhist monk rolling around in the pink baby blanket I don’t like to talk about it because I don’t want to be defined by it.

The most intriguing aspect of the book, however, are the vignettes recounting the stories of various pregnancies on The Farm. Jul 16, lov2laf rated it really liked it Shelves: Ina May Gaskin drives cautiously round the winding dirt tracks of the Farman eco-community buried deep in a acre backwood south of Nashville. Another aspect of preparation for the trip involved meeting the other UK-based student midwives and midwives who we would be spending time with on The Farm, which we did in March.

Spiritual midwifery on The Farm

This book will change how you think about pregnancy a My favorite childbirth book ever. Tennessee is relatively supportive of midwifery practice in comparison to some US states, yet even in Tennessee the vast majority of births are attended by doctors rather than midwives.

My midwife recommended I read this to prepare for my second birth, citing positive birth stories. She is author dpiritual Spiritual Midwifery, now in its fourth edition.