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A Wise Birth: Bringing Together the Best of Natural Childbirth and Modern Medicine

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This work is an informative exploration of the politics behind modern child-birthing strategies. This thoroughly researched and well written volume explores the multitude of issues that can influence the way women give birth in modern society. A Wise Birth makes a detailed examination of all the main areas of influence, from different cultural backgrounds, medical historie ...more
Paperback, 236 pages
Published June 1st 2007 by Pinter & Martin Ltd (first published May 1st 1990)
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Aug 19, 2011 Ethan rated it really liked it
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I'm so glad my wife picked this up off the shelf while we were at the library. Of all the books on birth I've read (which before January was zero...and is now steadily growing) this gives the best intro to home birth and why it makes such a difference to NOT be in the hospital (if you are low risk). What she shares just made sense to me, it resonated with my understanding of people and life.

I think one of the things I like best is that it is, in part, a chronicle of her journey of understanding.
Mar 22, 2015 Jayme rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: a birth partner
i couldn't get through this. it is informative about natural childbirth but there is a lot of negative information about the more recent history of childbirth in the book. this might be a better book for a birth partner or for a woman who is not pregnant.
Feb 16, 2015 Laura rated it it was amazing
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This book combines birth stories with explanations of the history of childbirth in the US as well as ways it needs to be improved. I read this in preparation for my own home birth and found it very helpful in preparing and understanding the process.
Jan 14, 2012 Elisabeth rated it really liked it
Two midwives wonder why Amish women tend to birth with less pain and complications than the typical American woman. As they search for the answer, they share their views of how the current medical culture in America has neglected the natural and human dynamics of birth. Informative and thought provoking.
Aug 27, 2008 Mugsymkelly rated it liked it
This is an amazing book that encourages natural childbirth and discusses a lot about the history of medicalized birth. Very informative but written in story format based on the authors' personal experience as midwives, mainly to the Amish community.
Robin Ferguson
Apr 21, 2013 Robin Ferguson rated it liked it
A wonderful book for Moms to be or anyone who has or yet to have a birthing experience. I read this book because John's daughter is pregnant and wants to have a natural birth. Made me in awe of Ruby all over again.
Mar 27, 2008 Martha rated it it was ok
Not as good as their first. Offers up a problem, discusses it, and never really draws any conclusions or offers a solution. A bit disappointing, but still worth the read if you are interested in the subject.
Liz S.
Outdated in its presentation of obstetrics and typical hospital births, but I like the anthropological take on medicine and homebirth (i.e., they are both specific cultures) that underlies her argument.
Nov 18, 2013 Allison rated it really liked it
Oh, wow. Very, very interesting. A time capsule in the American story of women's health (though I fear it is all too relevant today . . . but I wouldn't know).
Apr 03, 2009 Delona rated it really liked it
Would be great if all obstetricians read this book.
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Penny Armstrong has delivered over 1,800 babies and enjoyed a 25 year career in nurse-midwifery including teaching and practice in home, hospital and birth centers.

She and her husband Rich currently live and work in their home state of Maine where she counsels people on living healthy lifestyles.

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