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Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year Paperback – April 11, 1996
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Susun S. Weed is the voice of the Wise Woman tradition, where healing is nourishing. She is known internationally as an extraordinary teacher with a joyous spirit, a powerful presence, and an encyclopedic knowledge of herbs and health. For more than thirty years she has opened hearts to the magic and medicine of the green nations, restoring herbs as women's common medicine, and empowering women to care for themselves.
Susun is founder of the Wise Woman Center, editor-in-chief of Ash Tree Publishing, a high priestess of Dianic Wicca, a member of the Sisterhood of the Shields, a Peace Elder, and happy herder of her dairy goats.
Her four books: Healing Wise; New Menopausal Years the Wise Woman Way;Breast Cancer? Breast Health! the Wise Woman Way; Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year; and Down There: Sexual and Reproductive Health the Wise Woman Way are used by more than a million women throughout the world. She writes a regular herbal column for SageWoman Magazine and hosts the Wise Woman website and forum atwww.susunweed.com created by her amazing daughter Justine.
Susun continues to train apprentices, initiate green witches, work with her correspondence course students, and write books.
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I birthed all four of my children at home without drugs, without extreme measures, and even through some tough outer stressors....with Susun Weed's The Childbearing Year on my bedside table, the kitchen counter, in the diaper bag, the car... basically "to hand" because one never knows when the wisdom of an experienced elder might be needed, especially when pregnant.
Susun uses a very readable style to keep your interest. And of course the book is arranged so that you can go straight to the section pertinent to your current circumstances. Susun's writing style invokes a calm sense of balance by setting up the many possible solutions in a logical and progressive pathway through each section or condition discussed. The reader gets to stay with the simplest solutions or can choose to move on to more powerful solutions. She is vigilant to sharing responsibly, so that you the reader can make the decision of trying alternatives and/or when you should bring conditions to your primary provider's attention.
I wish I could express this more succinctly...all I can say is: if you prefer to avoid overly pharmaceutical measures and invasive procedures and are choosing to maintain your good health all the way through, from pre-conception to pregnancy to birth and on to the "fourth trimester" of breast feeding and returning your body back to pre-pregnancy state, this book is an excellent guide to keep you on track with all the details. And the writing is like sitting with your grandmother sharing stories while being very informative. Susun is a brilliant and experienced teacher.
And if you are reading because you or a loved one is including a new one soon, Congratulations! ;)
I am not a total organic or DIY person, but after a natural health doctor "cured" me 5 years ago with just probiotics and herbs after years of battling sicknesses (many doctors just gave me drugs that never really fixed my problems), I look for more natural solutions first before going to artificial drugs.
There is a small amount of woo-woo stuff (telling you to sit and listen to the plants before picking, or recommendations to put up tinctures under a full moon, etc.) I found this a little off-putting, but it's fairly easy to ignore that and just take the information you find useful.