Porque estes comentários contêem informação, publico-os aqui.

Como a percentagem nos EU de nascimentos por cesariana é de 30%, e eu só posso confirmar isso pela experiência noutros países, onde a percentagem de cesarianas é sempre crescente, porque é ”rápido e prático”… podem assim compreender quais são as tendências médicas e hospitalares, assim como a importância de todo este movimento num sentido oposto. Neste momento, está a tornar-se um movimento, mas quando eu me interessava por isto nos anos 70, era radicalmente ostracizada por isso – mas ainda hoje. Também quando Ina May lutou pelo direito a um nascimento natural, era um acto revolucionário.

Não era uma nova maneira de ganhar mais dinheiro, ou de ganhar reconhecimento social. Muito pelo contrário.

Concordo com a informação que se segue, e direi mais quando completar o post anterior: entretanto, podem ir lendo:

Spiritual Midwifery, Fourth Edition, November 6, 2006

Reviewer: Kathy Ardekani “Kathy Ardekani” (Boothwyn, PA) – See all my reviews

I recommend reading this book to all parents interested in having a natural birth.

Ina May and her husband Stephen began `The Farm’ in the early 1970’s. The birth stories in Spiritual Midwifery come from women’s experiences on The Farm. The Farm statistics include (as of the year 2000) 2028 births of those births 95.1% of all babies were born in the home, 4.9% were transported to the hospital and only 1.3% were emergency transports. This book is based on the over 2000 births that have taken place on `The Farm’.

In the USA over 30% of all women give birth through surgical procedure called a Cesarean Section. Ina May’s book gives support to the fact that birth is not a medical procedure. Spiritual Midwifery speaks to the normalcy of birth and explains why no more than 5-10% of women need a Cesarean Section to deliver babies. Ina touches on topics such as tests given during pregnancy, natural birth, complications that may arise and how to manage them in and out of hospital setting and most importantly the book provides factual and time-proven information.

Spiritual Midwifery is on the bookshelf of most Midwives and homebirth Midwives. If you are looking to have your questions and concerns addressed and answered this is the book to read. If you wish to buy just one book, this is the one.


5 of 5 people found the following review helpful:

Great book written by great people., October 30, 2006

Reviewer: K. Goesmann

This book was a gateway for me into homebirth. I knew nothing of it until I ran across this book. I admit this book is not for the mainstream. You can’t be narrow minded and accept this book. This book is an amazing collection of stories written for decades chronicalling the births of their community. A community of people who ARE extremely well educated. This book gives tons of information needed for homebirth besides the birth stories. The language is a little far out but come on, it was written in the late 70’s by hippies. What do you expect? They also happen to be very comfortable and familiar with their body parts and bodily functions those parts have. We are all grown ups, right?
PS I just gave birth there and it is just like they say in the book! Maybe even better…


21 of 23 people found the following review helpful:

A book for EVERYWOMAN!, July 14, 1999

Reviewer: Marion “dragonfly80@hotmail.com” (Louisiana) – See all my reviews

I bought this book in 1975 and have read it many times since. To the Florida reviewer: Being “stoned” during labor is not about drugs, it’s about being divinely, serenely aware of the life force! This book is so much more than a book about having babies. It’s about living life moment by moment; it’s about loving your children; it’s about being here now. I wish every man and woman in America would have to read this book before they had a child. It’s life changing!


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Very Soothing for a First-Time Pregnant Woman, April 5, 2007

Reviewer: Robin Glenski (Sheridan, Or) – See all my reviews

I am currently seven months pregnant and recently borrowed this book from my friend. I was starting to get a little freaked out about giving birth (this is my first baby), until I read this book.

I loved the simple and matter-of-fact way that Ina May describes things. And I LOVED the birth stories! Just by reading women’s experiences with birth, though some were difficult, I saw how rewarding giving birth could be and how not scary it really is.

I recommended this book to another one of my friends who is the unoffical “doula” of our group and she loved it. Last I heard, she had recommended it to at least five people.

I really advocate reading this book if you are pregnant or are going to be assisting someone in giving birth. Knowledge is power and this book has a lot of knowledge in it. I even would tell you to read the section just for midwives at the back.