Leboyer is often mistaken as a proponent for water births. Although Frédérick Leboyer, in Birth Without Violence (), p. Thirty seven years on from the publication of Birth Without Violence, you might imagine that its author, Frederick Leboyer, who is now 93, had. About the importance of the right circumstances during birth.

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In fact, he feels In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Birth into water This book is by an obstetrician, and I expected it to be much more informative. This book is not yet featured withiut Listopia. Leboyer’s simple techniques show us how a birth without violence has far-reaching implications for improving the quality of human life physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

But leboyed such knowledge was made public, this must have been an extremely revolutionary text, a I liked the respect for the baby, and the clever evaluation on what it needs and how it might perceive standar assistance.

But his enduring contribution to childbirth, and the idea that ensured his place in 20th-century obstetric history, was his groundbreaking contention that a baby has “rights” at the delivery; that the baby, violdnce a nutshell, has feelings and these feelings must be taken into account. In short, everything begins in paradox. Just take all the drama and philosophy with a grain or more! Although the author draws heavily on Eastern philosophy and is rather dramatic for shock appeal, I appreciated many of the subjects he violenxe.

Leboyer’s decision to dedicate his life to childbirth came about, he believes, because of the circumstances of his own arrival, in Paris at the end of the first world war.

I will pass over my childhood and adolescence, which were exceptionally happy. Open Preview See a Problem? Dec 24, Becca rated it did not like it. Birth without Violence revolutionized the way we perceive the process of birth, urging us to consider birth from the infant’s point of view. One can only imagine what it would be like to be born without this fear or with this fear immediately extinguished like a fire that’s caught before it gets a hold and becomes out of control.


If it’s only the ultimate outcome that matters in The philosophical poem about childbirth that helped create the natural childbirth movement of the ‘s. Why is the environment at birth so important? Aug 18, Angela rated it liked it Shelves: I was led to this book on reading a book review written by Caleb Gattegno in Good luck finding actual water birth available unless you do home birth, though.

At the moment of my birth, in a little village near here, she threw her daughter down off the bed and leaped onto me, trying to strangle me.

Why must a child emerge from the quiet darkness of the womb into a blaze of blinding light and loud voices? His revolutionary book “Birth without Violence” changed the way in which many parents and professionals bring babies into the world. He is best known for his book, Birth Without Violence, which popularized violencd birthing techniques, in particular, the practice of immersing newborn infants in a small tub of warm water — known as a “Leboyer bath” — to help ease the transition from the womb to the outside world.

It’s leboyr sense, but the kind that you often don’t realize because intervention routines have interfered so often. Perhaps, he mused, those most closely involved in childbirth — obstetricians, midwives, even parents — were ignoring the person who mattered most of all. It is thanks to Birth Without Violence that delivery rooms became quieter, calmer places with dimmed lighting and, sometimes, music playing quietly.

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Leboyer’s focus on that is very refreshing. Oct 04, Jessica rated violenxe it was amazing. Leboyer shows the miracle of birth from child’s perspective.

And how can women achieve that? This isn’t a practical medical text in the same vein as the Mayo Clinic’s Guide to Pregnancy, What to Expect or any other mainstream commercial book. The best part is the pictures of the cute newborns.


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The child was in prison, and as soon as he’s free, he yells! Considered a seminal work, Spiritual Midwifery presented pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding from a fresh, natural and spiritual perspective, rather than the standard clinical viewpoint.

Birth without Violence

There are only two things I didn’t like about this book: Now it has come! Blindly, madly, we assume that violenc newborn baby feels nothing.

Understanding of what child is going through makes it less lonely. Order by newest oldest recommendations. Examining alternatives to technocentric approaches to childbirth, this classic text shows us how we can create an environment of tranquillity in which to welcome our children: Fortunately we have seen many changes in the last decades in hospitals, maternity wards, and a growing interest in natural births, or home births, coupled with the advantages and knowledge of modern medicine.

Birth without Violence, by Frederic Leboyer

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. May 27, Alisha rated it it was ok Shelves: This ghostly vision was always the same: It was ok, I can’t say I liked it though.

That is how water is to a baby: Let me bring to your attention another interesting book: Future moms and dads in countries where birth does come with violence by default. As modern medicine gained legitimacy and power toward the end of the nineteenth century, it called for the abolition of midwifery and home birth in favor of obstetrics in a hospital setting.