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You already recently rated this item. Your rating has been recorded. Write a review Rate this item: Preview this item Preview this item. Penny Armstrong ; Sheryl Feldman Publisher: What she shares just made sense to me, it resonated with my understanding of people and life. I think one of the things I like best is that it is, in part, a chronicle of her journey of understanding. She started out with the idea that hospital births were the best, safest kind.

A Wise Birth : Bringing Together the Best of Natural Childbirth with Modern Medicine

I think this is where most of us start out this process. And so her journey parallels, at least in part, the journey of most of us. From the basic assumption that doctor's and hospitals do what is best for mom and the baby through to the conclusion that while doctor's and hospitals are necessary in some cases, most healthy women would be better off giving birth at home.

She starts out the book talking about her early experiences among Amish women, and how their birth experiences were nothing like she had expected or been taught. Their home births were relatively easy and required none of the interventions she had learned, which baffled her.

She talks about how, from her practice, she had firsthand knowledge of how birth could be, but no scientific explanation for it until she met Dr. Odent, a french physician, who had done the research to prove her hypothesis. His research clearly showed that undisturbed births, the very kind she experienced among the Amish, where the safest and easiest for mothers and babies. I actually don't remember many details from the bulk of the book I believe they were driven out of my brain by the four birth books that I read after this one , but really recommend reading at least the first few chapters where the philosphy of undisturbed birth is explained.

Having also read now several birth books do you call them pregnancy books or birth books? Jan 14, Elisabeth rated it really liked it. Two midwives wonder why Amish women tend to birth with less pain and complications than the typical American woman. As they search for the answer, they share their views of how the current medical culture in America has neglected the natural and human dynamics of birth. Informative and thought provoking. Mar 27, Martha rated it it was ok. Not as good as their first.

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Offers up a problem, discusses it, and never really draws any conclusions or offers a solution. A bit disappointing, but still worth the read if you are interested in the subject. Jul 16, Mugsymkelly rated it liked it.

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This is an amazing book that encourages natural childbirth and discusses a lot about the history of medicalized birth. Very informative but written in story format based on the authors' personal experience as midwives, mainly to the Amish community. Feb 16, Laura rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book combines birth stories with explanations of the history of childbirth in the US as well as ways it needs to be improved. I read this in preparation for my own home birth and found it very helpful in preparing and understanding the process. Mar 22, Jayme rated it it was ok Recommends it for: Apr 15, Robin Ferguson rated it liked it.

A wise birth : bringing together the best of natural childbirth and modern medicine

A wonderful book for Moms to be or anyone who has or yet to have a birthing experience. I read this book because John's daughter is pregnant and wants to have a natural birth. Made me in awe of Ruby all over again. Jun 05, Liz S. Outdated in its presentation of obstetrics and typical hospital births, but I like the anthropological take on medicine and homebirth i. Apr 03, Delona rated it really liked it. Would be great if all obstetricians read this book. Oct 06, Allison rated it really liked it.

A time capsule in the American story of women's health though I fear it is all too relevant today. Leila rated it liked it Jun 11, Kim rated it it was amazing Jul 07, Alyn rated it really liked it Mar 11,