The Heart in the Womb

The Heart in the Womb : An Exploration into the Roots of Human Love and Social Cohesion

By (author) Amali Lokugamage

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Modern-day life and our highly stressed, risk-averse society has led to a medicalised, fearful model of childbirth, one that has stripped the process of its wondrous magic. In this groundbreaking book, consultant obstetrician Dr Amali Lokugamage discusses ways in which every woman can aim to give birth in the most natural, supportive way possible, and looks at the wider implications for society at large. This is an exploration into the roots of human love and social cohesion.

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  • Paperback | 157 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 15.24mm | 272.15g
  • 26 Jul 2011
  • Docamali Ltd
  • London
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0956966705
  • 9780956966704
  • 85,807

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I love books on natural childbirth and I've read a lot of them. However, they often start to sound repetitive after a while. This book stands out. I think what makes it so unique is that Dr Lokugamage, while trained as an OB/GYN and with decades of experience in that world, is also very down to earth and open-minded about alternative worldviews and ways of healing. Because of this unusual combination, she is able to address the issue of safety, and how it relates to each individual mother's intuition and and birth preparation, from a fresh angle. She doesn't downplay obstetric risk as natural childbirth literature sometimes does, and at the same time she gives due attention to important psychological, physical, and spiritual factors in birth that are often ignored in mainstream literature on the subject. Her candid and honest first-person approach, starting from her own pregnancy and birth, is also pleasant and engaging. I very much recommend this book to anyone interested in birth, and particularly to those who are having trouble reconciling the natural and medical paradigms of birth.show more
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