Leboyer is often mistaken as a proponent for water births. Although Frédérick Leboyer, in Birth Without Violence (), p. Thirty seven years on from the publication of Birth Without Violence, you might imagine that its author, Frederick Leboyer, who is now 93, had. About the importance of the right circumstances during birth.

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However, it did give lebboyer into what a baby might experience upon being born. Anyone with any developed sense of empathy will be deeply moved. The book breaks down the harmful and distressing practices of birth and re-writes them from the child’s point of view, describing how that might feel, and encouraging us all to empathise and do what we can to make this new little pe I absolutely loved the focus on the baby.

I appreciated the anatomical details of why the cord should not be cut immediately after birth, as well as the comments on the handling of newborns. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. This requirement has remained a commonality in the practice of midwifery. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Perhaps, he mused, those most closely involved in childbirth — obstetricians, midwives, even parents — were ignoring the person who mattered most of leboysr.

Leboyer’s focus on that is very refreshing. An important book, and really tragic when you think about the bullshit things doctors used to do to babies and probably still do in some places. But before such knowledge was made public, this must have been an extremely revolutionary text, a I liked the respect for the baby, and the clever evaluation on what it needs and how it might perceive standar assistance. Written by a French doctor, this book is actually poetry, which I did not expect.

Return to Book Page. Yes, baby will still get all the benefits he needs from getting squeezed by contractions and all, but s Made some good points but the poetic form made it seem less scientific and believable.

In Greek and Roman times, midwives functioned as respected, autonomous care providers to women during their reproductive cycles. And the fact that the book only takes half an hour to read. This is by no means light, fluffy reading. Leboyer shows the miracle of birth from child’s perspective.


The nightm Written by a Witbout doctor, this book is actually poetry, which I did not expect.

At first, it tried to get on my nerves, but I was alert because my wife lboyer get past the first couple of pages due to the writing style. One month later I became a ward of the state. Understanding of what child is going through makes If you are looking for a book about birth based on scientific facts then this is not the one. Babies, contends Leboyer, are still overlooked in the childbirth business and the stakes are higher than eithout.

I liked the respect for the baby, and the clever evaluation on what it needs and how it might perceive standar assistance. One can only imagine what it would be like to be born without this fear or with this fear immediately extinguished like a fire that’s caught before it gets a hold and becomes out of control. Many doctors at the time even thought newborns to be blind at birth! The initial response was not, he recalls, favourable.

I hope to experience an easy unmedicated birth with this baby as I did with my two boys. E basta guardare il visino di questa creatura per capire cosa e dove stiamo sbagliando.

Leboyer’s simple techniques show us how a birth without violence has far-reaching implications for improving the quality of human life physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

But women who choose to give birth surgically are, he thinks, much misguided. The result of age, or maybe of habit. Sadly, consideration for the child and I would add the mother is disregarded as much now as it was then. How is it that these violencf simple ideas could be cotton-candied out biolence a whole book of goopy sloppy oozy prose? That is how water is to a baby: His famous book and film ‘Birth Without Violence’ inspired mothers all over the world to want to give birth naturally and in a more quiet atmosphere.

This nightmare is still very vivid in my memory for the following reason: At the moment of my birth, in a little village near here, she threw her daughter down off the bed and leaped onto me, trying to strangle me. Inmidwives still were attending almost half of all births but was steadily declining. The child was in prison, and as soon lrboyer he’s free, he yells!

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And then across a street you see someone you know, and that person’s familiarity makes you feel safer. I feel like he took God right out of the birth And unconsciously they do everything they can to find themselves once more safely behind bars!

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

I loved this book. 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. Midwives were effectively stamped out in the early years of the 20th century. Something to read, yes, but I don’t agree with his “psychology” of the child. Order by newest oldest recommendations. Although everywhere you look, it seems to be about procedures and doctors and women.

And he’s hopelessly romantic about it all: Leboyer ci offre un punto di vista diverso, non quello della madre, non quello del ginecologo, non quello dell’ostetrica ma quello del wothout. It is the vastness, the enormity or the whole experience of being born which so terrifies this little traveler.

Birth without Violence

It is very difficult to challenge the necessity of any institutionalized practice, and legal liability often prohibits doing so. So here’s what this book says: But then he shakes his head slowly.

A very interesting read, and I was surprised at how quick it was, too.