Unassisted Childbirth

Unassisted Childbirth


By (author) Laura Kaplan Shanley

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  • Publisher: Greenwood Press
  • Format: Paperback | 174 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 213mm x 13mm | 249g
  • Publication date: 30 December 1993
  • Publication City/Country: Westport
  • ISBN 10: 0897893778
  • ISBN 13: 9780897893770
  • Illustrations note: bibliography
  • Sales rank: 274,328

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Laura and her husband delivered their first child without the aid of a doctor or midwife. Laura alone delivered the next three children, assisted by her belief that giving birth was natural process for which a woman's body had been well designed. Therefore, she saw no need to involve the medical establishment. Her personal birth experiences confirmed her belief, and subsequent research has convinced her that, with the proper mindset, delivering one's own baby is the safest, most fulfilling way to give birth. Tribal women and animals can help show the way if one is humble enough to learn from them. Shanley gives numerous references, both historical and contemporary, to support her theory. She tells of her own experiences in childbirth as well as those of other women who have given birth without medical assistance. Although many contemporary writers deal with the concept that we create our own reality according to our beliefs, no one has applied this notion to birthing experience to the extent that Laura has.

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"Unassisted Childbirth is more than a practical guide. It is an inspiration for every parent regardless of whether they plan to give birth at home, childbearing center, or in the hospital. It inspires confidence and creates the positive attitude toward birth that reduces the fear and pain of labor."-Carl Jones, C.C.E. author of Mind Over Labor and The Expectant Parent's Guide to Preventing a Cesarean Section

Table of contents

We've Come a Long Way - Or Have We?; The Dangers of Medical Intervention; The Psychological Effects of a Traumatic Birth on a Family; Why Physicians Insist on Intervening; Personal Beliefs and Expectations; Dreams, Impulses and Intuition - Our Psychological Lifeline to the Inner Self; Stories of Unassisted Births; The Case for Autonomous Birth; My Story.