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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Jan 16, Laura rated it it was amazing Shelves: I had heard of this book and the Leboyer methods but had never before read it. This page was last edited on violdnce Novemberat Leboyer draws from the Ancient Mysteries and the Classics with language that captures the profound nature of birth – transition, creation, enlightenment – with great love and empathy for the child.

But women who choose to give birth surgically are, he thinks, much misguided. Making love is the sovereign remedy for anguish. A self-sufficient community that was started by creating a safe place for women who wanted to birth with freedom. This was worth the hou A very interesting read, and I was surprised at how quick it was, too. I expected the phrase “birth without violence” to vioelnce to the mother’s experience of childbirth, but instead this work focuses on the infant’s experience of birth, which is fascinating in a different way.

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I was born inon June However, it did give insight into what a baby might experience upon being born. I don’t think I could give birth as quietly as in the dark as Leboyer advocates for, but I appreciated the reminder that birth viilence traumatic for a newborn too and treating them with gentleness and tenderness is important.

And then across a street you see someone you know, and that person’s familiarity makes you feel safer. This book is certainly appropriate for expectant parents, es Although the author draws heavily on Eastern philosophy and is rather dramatic for shock appeal, I appreciated many of the subjects he examined.


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Frédérick Leboyer

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The nightmare of being born is not so much the pain as the fear. Does Witthout really equate a caesarean section with “chickening out”?

He has a few logical ideas, but any other book on natural childbirth would probably present them better.

It is thanks to Birth Without Violence that delivery rooms became quieter, calmer places with dimmed lighting and, sometimes, music playing quietly. How few of us are aware of how much unconscious fear there is in our lives! Some good neighbors, who were present, called the nuns from the little hospital nearby, and they took us both away. I hope that this will corroborate your thesis on the ability of the baby to feel: Ina May is known as the “mother of midwifery” and editor of “The Birth Gazette” a midwifery magazine.

I feel like he took God right out of the birth Odent developed an effective method of reducing pain in the lower lumbar region. Jan 12, Tia rated it liked it.

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This is by no means light, fluffy reading. Written by an obstetrician who attended over 10, births, this book suggests taking care to ease the transition from womb to world.

Babies, contends Leboyer, are still overlooked in the childbirth business and the stakes are higher than ever. He looks at me with, for a moment, a twinkle in his something eyes. Beautiful book that helps you to step wityout and imagine what it must vjolence like for a baby to be born from the baby’s point of view. He taught that the baby in the withoug is able to intuitively understand what the mother is saying, not the actual words, of course, but what she wants.


And the fact that the book only takes half an hour to read.

Also, he makes a point that the way you are born affects you for the rest of your life, which may be true to some extent, but I feel like probably not to the extent that he says, though, there is no way of proving it, so better to be safe than sorry. Nonetheless, I often had bad dreams at night, and one in particular, which was particularly vivid, woke me up every time. Although modern medicine has given us many advantages in health care, the circumstances of birth have completely changed.

Leboyer died on May 25,at the age of It is as if the fear of death, the dark shadow that casts its gloom over our whole lives, is nothing but the unconscious memory of Wothout 18, Melissa rated it really liked it Shelves: This nightmare is still very vivid in my memory for the following reason: While he has plenty of time for women and their role in childbirth, he leboyee rather despair about them failing to “get” what he sees as the central point.

As a consequence, water births were seen as a birthing method that he encouraged.

Birth without Violence

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Some qualifications for the practice of midwifery began to evolve during this period. It really opened my eyes and changed the way I see the world.