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Product Details

  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Pinter & Martin Ltd; 2 edition (May 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780660553
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780660554
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Grantly Dick-Read (1890-1959) studied at Cambridge and at the London Hospital. The publication of Childbirth without Fear caused 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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A must read for any woman expecting.
KS
Would have been better had they used a bigger font and more space just to make it easier on the eyes as there is a LOT of content in here.
Treenz
The book is a little bit of heavy reading, but it is packed with information.
Kristin Schilling

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By KS on March 16, 2014
Format: Paperback
My mother gave me this book when I was expecting my 2nd child. I loved it. It was my bible for the 9 months of pregnancy. This book helped me to decrease my labor time by over 80%. I would highly encourage any new mothers who are afraid to read this (but cover up the cover before you give it to them). This book, even though written by a man, still today is a guide to natural childbirth and helping a woman naturally through the great miracle of humanity. Once you read it, it requires commitment and dedication to the principles it teaches, but I can tell you it is very worth the effort. Working with your body, instead of fighting it, is the fundamental principle. A must read for any woman expecting. Just cover the front cover with paper, that is if you want the expectant mother to read it. ~KS
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59 of 75 people found the following review helpful By L Valencia on April 12, 2014
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I love all things Gaskins and Simkins and Bradley and doula and midwifey. I am studying to be a doula and have three young children, two whom I birthed at home and one in a hospital un-medicated. I was hoping to purchase this book to add to my collection (including Davis' Heart and Hands, most of Gaskins' works, Myles' Midwife Textbook, Birthing From Within, The Birth Partner and you get the idea.) However, I refuse to buy this edition because of the cover photo. Now when this photo first came out, I read all about the woman pictured birthing and looked at all the pictures, so I know the context of it. Yet, the picture is horrendous. She actually looks like she is in absolute agony. I know she's supposed to be a roaring lion bringing her child out, but honestly, it is hideous. If you want to promote natural childbirth, you don't use this photo. It pains me to even look at it. And, of course, she is gorgeous, I'm not knocking her birth or her beauty or anything about her. It's not about her, or the book content or even the photography. It's about featuring this isolated moment that does not seemingly reflect the idea of eliminating fear. Where I a first-time mother and someone handed me this and said, "Here, this will reduce your fears". I would take one look at it and I would think them a bit mad. Actually, more like crazy-go-nuts. Please publishers, do a quick re-print with a different photo. Please.
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Jillian May on September 9, 2013
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I found the intellectual and technical aspects of the writing very educational. I also found the basic explanation of why pain occurs during birth [i.e. fear = pain, no fear = no pain] to be enlightening but that was about all I took from the book and if you read this last sentence, you don't need to make the purchase.

I was hoping to walk away with more ideas on how to manage pain naturally throughout the three stages of labor but in the end, the only explanation was "as long as you aren't afraid, you won't have to deal with pain." I just don't buy this..... I mean, c'mon, you put a picture of a screaming woman on the front cover who is delivering her own baby and then go on to say that labor and delivery can occur without any pain? Oh; I see, you use the term "discomfort" instead, right labor is "uncomfortable" not painful. OK.

In addition, the book tells story after story of the experiences of women who were "forced" to take medical pain relief. I found the historical information interesting [as in, "wow, that's how they used to do it"] but I can't imagine a hospital in a developed country during the 21st century strapping a laboring woman to a gurney and forcing her to take pain medications. Yes, I realize this book was written in the 30's but it shouldn't be marketed as "as fresh and relevant as it was when he originally wrote this book."
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer on July 3, 2013
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Explains the process of labor in such detail. Also dives into how fear works against you, and how you can recognize it. His view on women laboring is extremely respectful and encouraging.
I would even say that, this book would be a good read for someone wanting to support, a lady in labor.
Good book to help prepare for labor.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Rose on August 29, 2013
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This book was really hard to get into - I quit reading after a bit. It seemed the soap box of how "we've been doing it wrong" (which I agree with) was never ending. Ina May's books and some others, were much better. I was disappointed as this had good reviews and endorsements.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Kristin Schilling on January 18, 2014
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The book is a little bit of heavy reading, but it is packed with information. It also really brings everything into perspective when it comes to birth and how so many groups of people have influenced it in our country. This has given me every confidence that I CAN give birth to my baby without having to be harmed or abused by any "professionals." I also suggest that this book be in EVERY birth professionals lending library.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 5, 2013
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I found this particular book on childbirth refreshingly academic while still presenting some very holistic yet scientific views. Would definitely recommend this read to anyone expecting for the first time, or hoping to achieve a more fulfilling natural birth experience.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By avidreader89 on May 22, 2013
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Perfect book for empowering women! A must read if you are a first time mom-to-be, or if you are pregnant with your next child and want a better birth experience.
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