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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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Loading comments… Trouble loading? Oct 16, Laura Noi rated it liked it. Return to Book Page. 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.

He also advocated low lighting and quiet in a warm room to limit the supposed shock of birth,[Reynolds, Concise Encyclopedia of Special Education, ] and that a newborn be laid on its mother’s stomach and allowed to bond, instead of being taken away for tests.

Birth without Violence by Frédérick Leboyer

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.

This book lovingly creates a new vision for the birth process. And how can women achieve that? The style of writing is leboysr dramatic however, and tends to drag on and on describing the birthing process. Dec 24, Becca rated it did not like it. Although Leboyer’s disciple, Michel Odentbecame known for introducing birthing pools in hospitals as an option for lower lumbar pain management. This ghostly vision was always the same: Simple suggestions such as low-lighting, whispered voices and delaying the cutting of the umbilical cord are not only possible, they seem common sense.

But let us go step by step, sense by sense as it were.

Frederick Leboyer: ‘Babies are overlooked in labour’

It is very difficult to challenge the necessity of any institutionalized practice, and legal liability often prohibits doing so.


It seemed like the main force of his effort was to be artsy and poetic, and his main idea seems to be that babies feel excruciating pain at birth. She explained the reason why she had abandoned me. Well, when I was thirty-nine, without having looked for her, I found my mother again.

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 being 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.

I was born inon June All this fear linked with the horror which is birth. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Not so, says the nonagenarian fiercely: Leboyer also believed it was important to bathe a child as soon as possible after delivery.

But then he shakes his head slowly. In fact, he feels This isn’t a practical medical text in the same vein as the Mayo Clinic’s Guide to Pregnancy, What to Expect or any other mainstream commercial book. One month later I became a ward of the state.

But his enduring contribution to childbirth, and the idea that ensured his place in 20th-century obstetric history, was his groundbreaking contention that a baby has “rights” at the delivery; that the baby, in a nutshell, has feelings and these feelings must be taken into account. A person who shed new light on the importance of childbirth was Frederick Leboyer.

Their hands speak, and it is their bodies that understand. I appreciated the anatomical details of why the cord should not be cut immediately after birth, as well as the comments on the handling of newborns.

Frédérick Leboyer

To touch the child very gently and slowly, with empathy. Birth without Violence explores in depth the sensitivity of the newborn and the importance of how the baby is handled by the people around him. After so many books on labour and delivery focusing on pain relief and what is happening to woman’s body on every stage of withour, this reading was quite refreshing. Lebpyer by an obstetrician who attended over 10, births, this book suggests taking care to ease the transition from womb to world.


Being born is as painful and overwhelming as giving birth.

Trivia About Burth without Vio The philosophical poem about childbirth that helped create the natural childbirth movement of the ‘s. Leboyer’s decision to dedicate his life to childbirth came about, he believes, because of the circumstances of his own arrival, in Paris at the end of the first world war.

It will affect for days any reader who is vulnerable to beauty, cruelty, violence and hope. Birth without Violence revolutionized the way we perceive the process of birth, urging us to consider birth from the infant’s point of view. The photos of newborns are very precious.

This, they say, often happens to prisoners. Above all, this is about respect for Nature and respect for the natural process of birth and life. How do you want your baby to be born? The point of this book, of this whole story, is not just to make birth something nice.

Any babies born outside the sterile environment of the operating room were labeled contaminated and kept separately. How is it that these very simple ideas could be cotton-candied out into a whole book of goopy sloppy oozy prose? Many doctors at the time even thought newborns to be blind at birth!

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. That’s basically all the useful information. The nightmare of being born is not so much the viooence as the fear.