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Spiritual Midwifery Paperback – January 1, 2002
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This classic book on home birth is now in it's 4th edition. Includes updated information on the safety of natural childbirth, new birthing stories, and the most recent statistics on births managed by The Farm Midwives. Also presents stories of working with Amish women, showing a different culture with a similar appreciation for natural childbirth.
About the Author
Ina May Gaskin is one of the Founders and the current president of the Midwives' Alliance of North America. She is a powerful advocate for a woman's right to give birth without excessive and unnecessary medical intervention.
Her clinical midwifery skills have been developed entirely through independent study and apprenticeship with other midwives around the world. Ina May and fellow Farm midwives were instrumental in the development of the rigorous Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) certification process.
Ina May travels internationally on speaking engagements and networking with other midwives and midwife alliances.
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Great birth stories, lots of spiritual wisdom, and a midwife guide in the back of the book which is helpful for the diagrams and preparing you for what types of things your midwife will be doing while you labor.
This book and her other one I think are musts for any woman looking to empower herself and have a natural birth. I would say to just stick with the guide to childbirth if you are looking for something more cut and dry, but I really did appreciate this book for how out there it was with its language and psychedelic talk.
A word of caution, I did find it a bit too "mystic minded" at times, but one need not toss the baby with the bath water. There is plenty of good and amazing information in this book to use and apply.
Christian women, as much as any other sect of women, need to reclaim their minds & bodies from the overly influential medical system that claims we (women) can't do what God has designed our bodies to do and therefore need additional help (drugs, etc.). I believe that we can do it and we should do it as God intended it (i.e. natural childbirth).