Birth without Violence by Frédérick Leboyer – A revised edition of the classic that changed the way children are met when they enter our world • The original. Birth without Violence has ratings and 52 reviews. Ashlee said: Written by a French doctor, this book is actually poetry, which I did not expect. How. Leboyer is often mistaken as a proponent for water births. Although Frédérick Leboyer, in Birth Without Violence (), p.

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This was worth the hou A very interesting read, and I was surprised at how quick it was, too. But his enduring contribution to childbirth, and the wityout that ensured his place in 20th-century obstetric history, was his groundbreaking contention that a baby has “rights” at the delivery; that the baby, in a nutshell, has feelings and these feelings must be taken into account. Inmidwives viollence were attending almost half of all births but was steadily declining.

With his first breath, the child sets forth on the road to independence, to autonomy, to freedom.

And unconsciously they do everything they can to find themselves once more safely behind bars! I liked the respect for the baby, and the clever evaluation on what it needs and how it might perceive standar assistance.

The best part is the pictures of the cute newborns. I feel like he took God right out of the birth Healing Arts Press August Length: The blood arrives in the lungs, depleted of its oxygen, its strength spent, dark with waste: It is thanks to Birth Without Violence leboeyr delivery rooms became quieter, calmer places with dimmed lighting and, sometimes, music playing quietly.


Birth into water This book is by an obstetrician, and I expected it to be much more informative. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. This book lovingly creates a new vision for the birth process. Overall, it was giolence enlightening to really go through the birth through the eyes of the infant.

It will affect for days any reader who is vulnerable to beauty, cruelty, violence and hope. Yes, baby will still get all the benefits he needs from getting squeezed by contractions and all, but some things that were and are routine are unnecessary and hurt, like holding them upside down, cutting the cord before it finishes pulsing, toweling them dry, being loud, shining a light in their eyes, etc.

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The midwives of these centuries generally continued to learn by the apprentice model. Birth into water is the most unusual, but is now becoming slightly more mainstream, especially since it does wonderful things for the mother’s pain during labor. bkrth

Written by an obstetrician who attended over 10, births, this book suggests taking care to ease the transition from womb to world. Babies, contends Leboyer, are still overlooked in the childbirth business and the stakes are higher than ever. I copy part of it here.


As the newborn baby arrives into a new world sounds are loud and harsh, light is blinding, and big hands are touching him all over. No trivia or quizzes yet. His version isn’t cruel, but the separation of mother and baby at that point is, in my opinion, not necessary.

Birth without Violence

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. It surprised me the way it’s written — very fragmented and “poetic,” parts of it in this imagined dialogue. Perhaps, he mused, those most closely involved in childbirth — obstetricians, midwives, even parents — were ignoring the person who mattered most of all. Making love is birtj sovereign remedy for anguish. It’s a story, told from the child’s perspective. And then in turn.

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Visit her site at www. It encourages giving the child a softer environment when they first emerge from the womb. It examines questions that have never crossed my mind. One month later I became a ward of the state.