Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth – A bite-sized Review

Whatever your reason for picking up this book, I salute your curiosity and your desire to know more about the important work of having babies.

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth

Author tidbit

In a small rural town in the US, Ina May Gaskin served as a community midwife for 45 years. She’s delivered countless babies, mostly at home or at birthing centers located on what she refers to as “the Farm”. Throughout the years she’s collected and documented many stories from many different women and set them in this book.

The way I see it, the most trustworthy knowledge about women’s bodies combines the best of what medical science has offered over the past century with what women have always been able to learn about themselves before birth moved into hospitals.

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth

Who’s it written for?

A Guide to Natural Childbirth is written for women interested in learning and gaining new perspective on birth and labor.

What I mean by true capacities of the female body are those that are experienced by real women. Whether or not those experiences are recognized by medical authorities.

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth

What it’s about?

It’s an informative empowering book for women considering going for a natural birth. Is filled with reminders of the strength and capacities females are naturally endowed with. It’s also a collection of positive birth stories from all sorts of women. It doesn’t just talk the talk, these stories are proof that it also walks the walk. Many of the women confirm the information detailed in the book in their stories.

The women of the community manage to relearn and be highly successful at the kinds of female behavior That modern woman in technological cultures aren’t known to be good at — things that go beyond the common medical understanding of women’s bodies and birth.

Ina May’s Guide to Natural Childbirth

Three key takeaways:

1. Fear of birth and labour is taught to women and girls. That same fear hinders the experience for them.

2. Between 1971 and mid 2013, most babies were born right at home.

3. There are things about birth and labour that are virtually unknown in the world of medical education. We feel it, that “it” is detailed in Guide to Natural Childbirth.

“ Here is your chance to be exposed to a new understanding of an ancient System of knowledge that you can add to your general understanding Of what birth means”.

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth

1 Pro?

Real positive stories from a diverse range of women! Mind you, positive doesn’t mean ‘easy’ it just means positive outcomes (where mom and baby are safe and sound in the end).

Weather and however you intend to give birth, your experience and what you can.Learn from it will impact your emotions, your mind, your body, and your spirit for the rest of your life”.

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth

1 Con?

I find that hospitals get a bad reputation in this book. I already have a natural aversion to hospitals, and this book didn’t help me at all in that way! That could potential he be a con because everybody is fortunate enough to be able to have a home-birth.

There is no special curse on women that make birth a punishment. It is good to regard labor as hard work to be done, work that a long line of female ancestors did in the past that enabled us to be here at all. Acceptance is all.

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth

Cop it or drop it?

Cop it! This book does the important work of the mental preparation for labour and birth! If you’re expecting or hoping for a baby in the future do yourself a favor and grab this book! Know someone expecting? Gift it to them at their baby shower!


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