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My purpose for reading this book is to brush up on childbirth and strategies to support my partner during her pregnancy and labor.

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Today I wouldn’t necessarily finger quote the word feminism the way that I’ve done here, but I stand by my basic meaning We need to learn to rejoice in our bodies and our femininity and to claim our power as women Ina May had an older brother and two younger sisters. Wonderful pictures as well. Women are often given presents as the special day approaches and the midwives do not expect any negative birth stories to be told to pregnant women fear is seen as one of the greatest obstacles to a normal birth process.

Her mother, Ruth Stinson Middleton, was a home economics teacher, who taught in various small towns within a forty-mile radius of Marshalltown, Iowa. Even just reading the first half, which gaaskin all birthing stories, is very inspiring.

My biggest complaints are that: In an environment where people trust one another fully, in which people are working and living with rather than against nature, it also began to make sense to us that women would feel nia enough to trust spiriutal bodies and to surrender to the natural process of birth. About people live there, including six midwives, and nowadays people travel hundreds of miles specifically to give birth there.

Would I choose to live there?

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Hollywood is a world away from Ina May’s existence — she and her husband, Stephen, now 74, live in a basic but cosy log cabin. This page was last edited on 20 Novemberat Most of the additional money we earned through our part-time jobs. Woman are brought up to feel bad about being a woman. As Ina May says “What put the baby in there, can bring the baby out. Order by newest oldest recommendations. One day at the health food store I wandered to the book section and I was drawn to the cover of this book We were delighted to take advantage of the opportunity to join a group of ten other students and midwives for a week to attend midwifery workshops at The Farm.


Gaskin has been credited with the emergence and popularization of direct-entry midwifery i. As her work on maternal mortality gathers pace, there is an increasing sense of urgency.

Apr 11, Akhenaten rated it really liked it Shelves: Each day was filled with lengthy indepth discussions with the midwives living and practising on The Farm. There is a certain hippy-dippiness to this book that is to be expected, and the language can be hilariously dated and a little off-putting at times, for example everyone seems to be getting high together off of experiences and having telepathic moments with one another. Workplace support In this section you will find: We decided that the only way was to set about fundraising.

Obviously if a woman feels cared for and relaxed and at ease, anything, including childbirth would be easier to get through. This made us appreciate the position of midwives in the UK, who can provide safe midwifery care for all pregnant women.

Actor Isla Fisher and TV presenter Davina McCall have pronounced themselves fans of her first bestselling book, Spiritual Midwifery, a charming tome that is as much a historical document “Birth is far-out! Looking for beautiful books? This stuck with me and caused more feelings my inadequacy than anything else.

Spiritual midwifery on The Farm

When borrowing it from the local Library I was heartened to view its 70s cover. Aug 22, Nathalie rated it siritual was amazing Shelves: There is a certain hippy-dippiness to this book that is to be expected, and the language can be hilariously dated and a little off-putting at times, for example everyone seems to be getting high together off of experiences and having telepathi This is the second time that I’ve read through Spiritual Midwifery, and I enjoyed it just as much this time around.


There is a technical aspect too in the section for midwifes, but it is universal reading material worth your while as a new mom embarking on a very spiritual journey.

It was so weird to read how invasive, intervention happy, and in your face the midwives are when I pictured the return to homebirth pioneer ess gaskij America would be more hands off. News, views and analysis In this section you will find: This book presents the subject of midwifery in a gentle, fun, and unbelievably energetic manner.

But I am a skeptic, a scientist, and an atheist — basically, the opposite of spiritual. His work as an organizer took him to Canada to gsskin with wheat growers, and to Washington, D. Her words are well-worth reading, and the stories captured in this book are touching and teaching in turn. The backbone of the modern-day midwifery revival, Spiritual Midwifery’s greatest strength is in portraying life on The Farm and the practical motivation for learning the ancient practice.

Every so often, a clearing reveals a ramshackle house gakin a rusting 70s school bus in the driveway. Description The original Spiritual Midwifery, published inintroduced an entire generation of young women to the possibility of home birth and breast feeding. Their stories are also poorly written and contain a lot of words like “High” and “telepathic” and ” Well, I’m glad out of all Ina May Gaskin’s books I saved this one for last.