Birth without Violence by Frédérick Leboyer – A revised edition of the classic that changed the way children are met when they enter our world • The original. Birth without Violence has ratings and 52 reviews. Ashlee said: Written by a French doctor, this book is actually poetry, which I did not expect. How. Leboyer is often mistaken as a proponent for water births. Although Frédérick Leboyer, in Birth Without Violence (), p.

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Above all, this is about respect for Nature and respect for the natural process of birth and life. However, it did give insight into what a baby might experience upon being born.

Personally, this book has helped me understand the very natural methods that are common practice violnece the hospital where my daughter will soon come out, saving me the potential embarrassment of asking why some things are done the way they are.

It returns to the depths where it gives forth its riches. Their hands speak, and it is their bodies that understand. This, they say, often happens to prisoners. Only then can she begin to work through it and embrace the physical challenge of giving birth. His version isn’t cruel, but the separation of mother and baby at that point is, in my opinion, not necessary. He confides that there is no love lost between him and the other leading French obstetrician of the 20th century, Michel Odent.

He has a few logical ideas, but any other book on natural childbirth would probably present them better.


Nonetheless, I often had bad dreams at night, and one in particular, which was particularly vivid, woke me up every time. She was unmarried, and as soon as she confessed her “sin” to her mother, the latter flew into a horrible rage. What, though, of his other direct experiences of childbirth — has he, I ask, had children of his voilence Leboyer attributes his interest in birth to this experience.

May 26, Rachel Svendsen rated it it was amazing. He is an enthusiastic proponent of yoga, and puts his own remarkable health down to daily sessions of t’ai chi, which he learned from a master. If you are looking for a book about birth based on scientific facts then leoyer is not the one. And unconsciously they do everything they can to biirth themselves once more safely behind bars!

Let me bring to your attention another interesting book: When I asked her what that woman looked like, I had the totally unexpected surprise of recognizing, in her description, the woman who had caused me so many nightmares.

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Show 25 25 50 All. It had some great ideas in it that I hope withojt implement in my own birth plan. Thanks for telling us about the problem. And how can women achieve that?

Birth without Violence

But women who choose to give birth surgically are, he thinks, much misguided. Too many rhetorical questions! Witjout is as if the fear of death, the dark shadow that casts its gloom over our whole lives, is nothing but the unconscious memory of Want to Read saving…. Price may vary by retailer. Birth without Violence illustrates how to create an environment of tranquillity in which to welcome our children: Jan 12, Tia rated it liked it.


Not through his senses, that comes much later, but through breathing.

But his enduring contribution to childbirth, and the idea that ensured his place in 20th-century obstetric history, was his groundbreaking contention that a baby has “rights” at the delivery; that the baby, in a nutshell, has feelings and these feelings must withouy taken into account. Incredible and profound piece of art.

The answer to the question both makes sense and represents a definite education for mankind as a whole Jan 16, Laura rated it it was amazing Shelves: He is dead borth in virth observation that the sudden shift at the moment of birth from near darkness, warmth, and quiet to blindingly bright light aimed right in the child’s face, a jarring temperature drop, and medical personnel making a great deal of racket is a traumatic experience.

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Birth without Violence, by Frederic Leboyer

They don’t say anything, they simply touch. I will pass over my childhood and adolescence, which were exceptionally happy. When he takes his first breath, he crosses a threshold, a border. All this fear linked with the horror which is birth.

viklence So too, Leboyer believes, are those who don’t do enough to avoid a caesarean or an assisted delivery. It really opened my eyes and changed the way I see the world.