Childbirth without Fear

Childbirth without Fear : The Principles and Practice of Natural Childbirth

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In an age when normal birth can still be overtaken by obstetrics, Grantly Dick-Read's philosophy is still as fresh and relevant as it was when he originally wrote this book. He unpicks the root causes of women's fears and anxiety about pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding with overwhelming heart and empathy. As one of the most influential birthing books of all time, Childbirth Without Fear is essential reading for all parents-to-be, childbirth educators, midwives and obstetricians!

This definitive reissue includes the full text of the fourth edition, the last completed by Grantly Dick-Read before his death in 1959, and The Autobiography of Grantly Dick-Read, compiled from his writings.

With a foreword by Ina May Gaskin.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 135 x 216 x 28mm | 400g
  • YogaWords
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1780660553
  • 9781780660554
  • 14,764

Table of contents

1 Introduction; 2 1. The Science of Obstetrics; 3 2. Motherhood from Many Points of View; 4 3. A Philosophy of Childbirth; 5 4. Anatomy and Physiology; 6 5. The Pain of Labour; 7 6. Factors Predisposing to Low Threshold of Pain Interprestation; 8 7. Fear; 9 8. Imagery and the Conditioning of the Mind; 10 9. The Fear of Childbirth; 11 10. The Retreat of Fear; 12 11. Diet in Pregnancy; 13 12. The Phenomena of Labour; 14 13. The Relief of Pain in Labour; 15 14. Hypnosis in Childbirth as a Means of Pain Relief; 16 15. The Conduct of Labour; 17 16. Childbirth in Emergency; 18 17. Breast-feeding and Rooming-in; 19 18. The Husband and Childbirth; 20 19. Antenatal Education; 21 20. Preparation for Labour; 22 21. Antenatal Schools of Instruction and Their Organisation; 23 22. In Conclusion
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About Grantly Dick-Read

Grantly Dick-Read (1890-1959) studied at Cambridge and at the London Hospital. The publication of Childbirth without Fearcaused widespread controversy but, encouraged by many women who had given birth using the 'Dick-Read method', he dedicated his life to promoting natural childbirth."
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