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Humorous and inspiring. FIT PREGNANCY Inspired. MOTHERING MAGAZINE

About the Author

Marjorie Karmel was a professional actress, who turned into a best-selling author with this, her only book. She died tragically in 1964.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Pinter & Martin Ltd (June 9, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0953096483
  • ISBN-13: 978-0953096480
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #362,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Customer Reviews

It is well-written, informative and entertaining!
Nancy J. LaPlante
Unfortunately with my other children I was unable to have my doulah, but I did have this book and it helped me immensely!
Mary Ann
I loved this book when I was pregnant with my son 33 years ago, and now his expectant wife is reading it!
Elizabeth Scott Andrews

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tech Goddess on August 2, 2005
Format: Paperback
You don't have to be set on "Natural Childbirth" to read this. It is not only for old hippies either; it is also not what you see in your hospital's childbirth class. It is a great beginning to understand what the body is doing and how you prevent your body from misinterpreting it as pain. In the end, if this method is not for you, at least you approached the process with the understanding of what goes on.

Other books describe the process with a suggestion to breath naturally. This does not work. Many books review the phycial process of how the baby moves, but not what you can do to overcome how you feel. This book does that-- giving you things you can do to remain in control throughout your child's birth. It is worth it-- find a copy anywhere you can.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By T. Songe on March 14, 2000
Format: Paperback
I was very young and very scared when I was pregnant with my son, Connor. To add to my problems, I am allergic to just about everything, which meant Lamaze was my only choice for childbirth. After reading Karmel's book, I had pride in myself, that 'yes, I can do this' and that, I would actually enjoy giving birth. Needless to say it only took two hours to have my son on a late Sunday night, I took four extra strength tylenol, which was mainly for my nerves and headache from all the nurses telling me I shouldn't be moving around, and returned to work on Wednesday. This book truly works! This should be required reading for anyone who is fearful of labor, or wants to be able to really experience the miracle of life without being being foggy minded bc of medication!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 20, 1999
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My attitude 35 years ago, when expecting my first child was:"Wake me when it's over" After reading "Thank you, Dr. Lamaze" I actually looked forward to the experience. With Marjorie Karmel's wise counsel and humorous recounting of her experiences and with the help of my wonderful husband and a very supportive doctor (It was hard to find a doctor who would cooperate with "natural childbirth") my first delivery was the most exciting and rewarding experience of my life. I wish this book could have a "rebirth" and be read by all pregnant women so that they could be fully aware and contributing members of the childbirth team. I hope that its use can help to eliminate some of the unnecessary drug use and caesarean sections that are so prevalent.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mary Ann on April 24, 2007
Format: Paperback
When I was pregnant with my eldest child, I had the services of a wonderful doulah and fairly good childbirth classes at my hospital. I delivered without any drugs and with lots of support with my husband on one side of me and my doulah on the other -- I can't imagine having a baby any other way! Unfortunately with my other children I was unable to have my doulah, but I did have this book and it helped me immensely! I did not achieve a painless childbirth, but I learned to work with my contractions and make the most out of each one. Giving birth has been the most wonderful experience of my life. I look forward to having more children.

I believe this book is more useful than "Husband-Coached Childbirth" by Dr. Bradley....this book is also a little bit dated, but only in describing how conditions were at the time Mrs. Karmel gave birth to her children. Everything else is full of practical advice with lots of help on how to do it yourself. I loan out my copy to pregnant friends, especially those who have had difficult childbirths previously. (Just make sure I get it back! :-)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nancy J. LaPlante on September 21, 1999
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When I was first pregnant, my mother dug out her copy of this book and I read it and reread it and then read it again! It was my bible and using Dr. Lamaze's methods, not the bastardized version they teach at hospitals these days, is what allowed me to have a completely pain-free childbirth. Not once, but twice, as I used his method both times I was pregnant. This book should be read by anyone who is pregnant. It is well-written, informative and entertaining!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 5, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is about a woman who bore her children under the guidance of Lamaze, way before it was popular. She was an American in France, if my memory is correct. My youngest child is now 18 but I read her story before he was born and use her logic and wisdom when birth was near. Karmel's writing style is easy and fluent. She was a dear friend during that long ago pregnancy and delivery (which was, by the way, without drugs).
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By PunkRiz on October 30, 2008
Format: Paperback
I think this is a great read for every pregnant woman and her partner. Even if you're not convinced that natural childbirth is what you want, this book proves that women have choices in the delivery room. The author's journey was inspiring and gave me the confidence to start asking questions. It eased my fears, and as a result, I switched doctors and found the perfect one for me. Thanks to this book, I'm looking forward to delivery...not dreading it.
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I loved this book when I was pregnant with my son 33 years ago, and now his expectant wife is reading it!
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