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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Its function is to make the blood take in oxygen and get rid of wastes, mostly carbon dioxide.

When he was within, it was rounded and convex; it has now become hollow, and waits like a nest to cradle the child. The curtain may rise. Beautiful book that helps you to step back and imagine what it must be like for a baby to be born from the baby’s point of view. Not so, says the nonagenarian fiercely: I absolutely loved the focus on the baby.

I think that it could prompt exploration and illumination in all aspects of one’s life, not just to childbirth. It really opened my withot and changed the way I see lfboyer world.

Birth without Violence

Babies, contends Leboyer, are still overlooked in the childbirth business wkthout the stakes are higher than ever. So often the baby’s needs and rights in birth and parenting are ignored.

I loved the thought of soaking and floating with a fresh newborn, hours old, in a relaxing bath. I loved this book. Blindly, madly, we assume that the newborn baby feels nothing. Leaving it intact, however, so long as it continues to beat, transforms the whole birth experience.

Birth without Violence, by Frederic Leboyer

If it’s only the ultimate outcome that matters in your book, then you probably won’t care for this violejce. People who have been regressed through hypnosis to the moment of birth have remembered unpleasant experiences that caused psychological problems later on in their lives.

But before such knowledge was made public, this must have been an extremely revolutionary text, and it’s still very needed. Everything, totally, completely utterly, and with a sensitivity we can’t even begin to imagine.


Even if just for the historical value in modern childbirth culture.

Birtj midwives of these centuries generally continued to learn by the apprentice model. Most important of all, we never, never, at any time touch his head. And the fact that the book only takes half an hour to read. Leboyer’s focus was primarily on improving the quality of the birth experience for the baby. While he has plenty of time for violdnce and their role in childbirth, he does rather despair about them failing to “get” what he sees as the central point.

In Greek and Roman times, midwives functioned as respected, autonomous care providers to women during their reproductive cycles. How else do lovers communicate? This, they say, often happens to prisoners.

As for the heart, it keeps pumping, pushing the blood sending it, rich and red toward the thirsty tissues of the organism, and sending it back when it has become old and worn-out, for renewal to the lungs. How then could he appreciate any violencd In other projects Wikimedia Commons.

Ok, his writing style is a little over the top, but consider it was written in and that the birth practices he recommends are actually leboyr practiced now as I can attest, having recently experienced many of them, at Kaiser Sunnyside Labor and Delivery, put into play quite nicely thank you very much.

He breathes in, and from this action is born its opposite: Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Birth without Violence revolutionized the way we perceive the process of birth, urging us to consider birth from the infant’s point of withhout.

What are you crying about? Get a FREE e-book by joining our mailing list today! He is best known for his book, Birth Without Violence, which popularized gentle birthing techniques, in particular, the practice of immersing newborn infants in a small tub of warm water — known as a “Leboyer bath” — to help ease the transition from the womb to the outside world.

After all, the people who had most to gain — babies — were hardly likely to be among the book’s reviewers: Obstetrician behind ‘birth without violence’ dies at 99″.


Wanted to read this in part because I always hear this book referenced and this guy quoted and I just wanted to read the original. This page was last edited on 17 Novemberat I get that birth is “violent”, but it needs to be rough to get the baby’s system ready for the outside world, and I’m not going to be made to feel guilty about that when I can’t control how our body’s work. However, it did give insight into what a baby might experience upon being born.

Trivia About Birth without Vio I’m really glad that all of my children’s births have been so peaceful, and I am looking forward to another one coming up here soon.

The child can make his entrance.

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Although everywhere you look, it seems to be about procedures and doctors and women. Birth into water This book is by an obstetrician, and I expected it to be much more informative.

Mar 19, Brielle rated withput it was amazing Recommends it for: All this fear linked with the horror which is birth. By clicking ‘Sign me up’ I acknowledge that I have read and agree to the privacy policy and terms of use. It surprised me the way it’s written — very fr Wanted to read this in part because I always hear this book referenced and this guy quoted and I just wanted to read the original.

It’s common sense, but the kind that you often don’t realize because intervention routines have interfered so often. I expected this book to be LESS “touchy-feely” in terms of the descriptions.

Coming into this world was quite an event. Leboyer graduated from the University of Paris School of Medicine. Whether this transition is made slowly, progressively, or brutally, in panic and terror, can make the difference between a gentle birth.