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Birth Without Violence: The Book That Revolutionalized the Way We Bring Our Children into the World Paperback – September, 1995

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“One of the twenty books that changed the world.” (Utne Reader)

Birth without Violence is a work of art, and Frédérick Leboyer is the artist who will have the greatest influence on the health and way of life of the next generations.” (Michel Odent, M.D., author of Birth Reborn)

Birth without Violence is a sensual experience, visually and verbally, as its poetic prose blends with the pictures like the unfolding of a happy dream. . . . The impact is strong, [Leboyer’s] appeal inviting.” (The Boston Globe) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 114 pages
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions (September 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892815450
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892815456
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,216,383 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Daniel Brown on April 16, 2005
Format: Hardcover
A single 30 year-old male, I saw a small notice that Dr. LeBoyer was to give a talk about "birthing" to our comunity. Not at all interested in the subject,(geez I didn't even have a girlfriend!) I only went to see this guy because he had presided over 10,000 births! If he had done that many anythings(like knitted sweaters) I would probably also would have gone!

When he entered the room, I was surprised how short he was, and how handsome. I was moved by what he had to say. A year later I read the book and tears were streaming down my cheeks. Such was its profound truth and beauty. Never before or since has reading had this effect on me.

1979 I was the mid-wife for my daughter's birth, and followed the book's advice exactly. At thirty minutes old she was immersed in the water, her clenched fingers relaxed, the vernix disappeared,the wrinkled skin filled out, her whole body relaxed, she looked straight into my eyes and smiled!

Now this same daughter is pregnant with her first child and I am buying a copy of Leboyer's book for her.

I recommend this book to everyone, everywhere.
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This book is so full of common sense, compassion and beauty while still being founded upon simple yet so often unpracticed scientific priciples that is almost annoying to read. "How is it possible that we haven't been doing this for ten thousand years? How is it possible that we don't do this today as a matter of course?"; these will be just some of the first questions that will pop up in your mind. It is so clearly written and so important, that the attributes of this not just life-altering but culture-altering book about the first moments of life for a newborn child cannot be understated. It reads, and to a large degree is constructed, like great poetry--in much the same way the work of Galileo and Darwin and Alice Miller and Stephen Hawking read like epic poetic novels as they sing with human, universal truths.
One of the most beautiful things about this book is LeBoyer's confident, unashamed way of admitting that he merely observed a small, hidden community in India and their childbirthing practices. He discovered that their lives in this aspect, and those of their children, were a reflection of, according to Western medical principles, a scientific impossibility. With that discovery he saw the differences between the simplicity of nature, the imposed myopia of culture and the limitlessness of human potential--in an area of human life where he once unconsciously (like most of us) thought the three were essentially one and the same. He then allowed that to forever change his life. Consequently, given what he learned, he wrote this masterpiece (given its easy to digest structure, poetic/psychological tone and its overwhelming lack of antecedents), and changed ours.
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Even though I went through a "normal" delivery, my husband and I utilized several of the principles that Dr. LeBoyer recommends in this book. The quietness and the bath automatically soothed our baby boy. The nurses were amazed at the calmness that enveloped our son as soon as he was placed into the bath. Please read this book and adapt its principles to your delivery.
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The author shows what the birth of a child would look like if it were done from the point of view of the baby. He does this with a gentle narative and the most amazing photographs of a new born in the act of coming into this world. He also gives birth to something else: to the idea that the baby is fully alive and alert at birth and aware of his/hers surroundings. Be prepared to be horrified at the realization of how babies are "normally" treated, how YOU were probably treated, and what scars that has left. Don't be surprised if you feel a sense of mission of put this book in the hands of every doctor who ever did or ever will receive a license to practice medicine. A good campanion for this book would be anything on the topic Fetal Stimulation, that is: communicating with babies still in the womb eg. the Make Way for Baby video put out by AMPHION Communications or the Brave New Babies program that appeared on The Learning Channel late one night in 1997.
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I had to purchase this book for a Child Psychology course, in which I had to dissect it and produce a 10 page report about my perception of what the author meant by his words.

I loved the book. I loved it because it seemed genuine, and made a lot of sense. However, there were definitely some parts that make the read quite awkward. It went into detail about how newborns are trusted into this new realm and suffer by the hands of the doctor and nurses who take their vitals, pinch the feet, and everything else that is done to 'ensure a healthy baby'.

I would definitely recommend the book, even for a leisure read.
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PBS did a documentary on Leboyer's work that couldn't have been more impressive. Every couple planning a child should see it. Unfortunately, this book didn't impact me the way the documentary did. The documentary did a better job for me in explaining the process and showed a live birth using Leboyer's methods. The book was more philosophical and poetic, and lacked the tangible details of the documentary. The cover photo, however, is priceless.
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