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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Leboyer himself is against the idea of waterbirth. He taught that the baby in the womb is able to intuitively understand what the mother is saying, not the actual words, of course, but what she wants. The best part is the pictures of the cute newborns.

A person who shed new light on the importance of childbirth was Frederick Leboyer. As modern medicine gained legitimacy and power toward the end of the nineteenth century, it called for the abolition of midwifery and home birth in favor of obstetrics in a hospital setting. Any babies born outside the sterile environment of the operating room were labeled contaminated and kept separately. To communicate we must speak to the child in a language he can understand, one which doesn’t rely on words and yet may be understood by anyone.

God clearly designed birth the way He did for a reason, and this book just tries to tear it all apart. In fact, he feels Leboyer hasn’t much time for doctors and even viopence for procedures. When I asked her what that woman looked like, I had the totally unexpected surprise of recognizing, in her description, the woman who had caused me so many nightmares.

At the moment of my birth, in a little village near here, she threw her daughter down off the bed and leaped onto me, trying to strangle me. Birth evolved from a physiological event into a medical procedure. Mar 19, Brielle rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: This was worth the hou A very interesting read, and I was surprised at how quick it was, too.

Nov 07, Francesca rated it liked it Shelves: Babies were seen as just a part of a medical procedure. I hope that this will corroborate your wuthout on the ability of the baby to feel: Although Leboyer’s disciple, Michel Odentbecame known for introducing birthing pools in hospitals as an option for lower lumbar pain management.


I actually recommend NOT reading this book for expectant mothers, an overdose on poetic descriptions of pain and increased worry about the baby is NOT what is needed in anticipation of birth.

It birty giving the child a softer environment when they first emerge from the womb. 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. Birth into water This book is by an obstetrician, and I expected it to be much more informative. Yet another text that made me wish I could have a home birth.

Frédérick Leboyer

International Business Times UK. This is the older version of the book – I’m not sure what the revised version includes. 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. But women who choose to give birth surgically are, he thinks, much misguided.

Aug 18, Melissa rated it really liked it Shelves: His revolutionary book “Birth without Violence” changed the way in which many parents and professionals bring violene into the world.

Written by an leboyerr who attended over 10, births, this book suggests taking care to ease the transition from womb to world. Now we know how important the first two hours are for mum and baby, how to promote a successful breastfeeding during this time, how the instinct of the baby sends him toward the nipple.

I copy part of it here. 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. See how you can stretch yourself’ play and move around!


You can read it online at http: 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. Something to read, yes, but I don’t agree with his “psychology” of the child. I absolutely loved the focus on the baby.

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The point of this book, of this whole story, is not just to make birth wlthout nice. But before such knowledge was made public, this must have been an extremely revolutionary text, and it’s still very needed. Babies, contends Leboyer, are still overlooked in the childbirth business and the stakes are higher than ever. It will affect for days birthh reader who is vulnerable to beauty, cruelty, violence and hope.

Either way, a gentle birth is so much better for the baby. Birth is a tempest, a tidal wave of sensations and he doesn’t know what to make of them.

After quitting obstetric practice, he travelled widely in India — and what he saw and learned there influenced his ideas on birth hugely. I didn’t agree with everything.

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It is thanks to Birth Without Violence that delivery rooms became quieter, calmer places with dimmed lighting and, sometimes, music playing quietly. Makes me want to hop in a time machine and b 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 violeence very much.

I expected the phrase “birth without violence” to apply 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.