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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Healing Arts Press; Revised edition (April 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905177305
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905177301
  • ASIN: 0892819839
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 9.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,381,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Birth without Violence is a work of art, and Frédérick Leboyer is the artist of this century 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)

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

"A major breakthrough . . . Beautifully written and beautifully illustrated." (Journal of Nurse-Midwifery)

"Frédérick Leboyer was the first physician to bring an enlightened perspective to parents, physicians, and nurses. . . . He taught those who would listen a fundamental lesson: treat a newborn infant as if it is aware of everything going on around it and being done to it. Because it is!" (Suzanne Arms, author of Immaculate Deception)

"This book, which teaches us just how conscious babies are at birth, serves to expand the focus of a nurturing birth environment to include both baby and mother." (New Age Journal)

"Water births, less hospital chaos and more suggestions for improved birth environments fill Birth Without Violence, which is worth consideration to any expecting mother." (The Midwest Book Review, Sept 2009)

"Amazing . . . 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)

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

Language Notes

Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French

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Amazing book, really made a lot of sense when I look back at my experience of birthing.
Jc Roux
This French man brought to the world an amazing, most touching, revolutionary way to honor the sacredness of childbirth.
Joy hamilton
I recommend this book for any woman thinking about or becoming a mother, or who is a mother, or who has a mother.
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50 of 54 people found the following review helpful 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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Earl Hazell on April 28, 2002
Format: Paperback
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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 23, 1999
Format: Paperback
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 11, 1999
Format: Paperback
After four hospital births, I was finally fed up with impersonal childbirth. This book was one of the first books I read while preparing for the homebirth of our fifth child. It was one of the few birth books that evoked respect for babies and peace at birth as opposed to a clinical presentation of birth. Our culture needs more books of this sort to show women that we need to birth our babies in a much more dignified manner, taking into consideration a genuine love for babies. Expectant couples everywhere should take a look at "Birth without Violence." Beautiful writing style and great photos!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By RICKDAIL@aol.com on December 22, 1998
Format: Paperback
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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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Katrin234@aol.com on April 13, 1999
Format: Paperback
Get this book, even if you're going for "normal" hospital birth anyway. Reading it and posting copies of some pictures and "poems" in my baby's room stirred so much compassion for him in me, so that I hardly ever had a hard time with all his crying. This will help you love your baby more, and the way it's written will really move your heart!! (Even my practical, no-nonsense husband read all the way through it!!)
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