Posted on August 11, 2019


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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This was worth the hou A very interesting read, and I was surprised at how quick it was, too. Personally, this book has helped me understand the very natural methods that are common practice in the hospital where my daughter will soon come out, saving me the potential embarrassment of asking why some things are done the way they are. Instead of the images of bright lights, screaming babies and distraught mothers, the process described here is one of peaceful calm, which definitely sounds appealing to any parent-to-be.

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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.

Aug 18, Angela rated it liked it Shelves: International Business Times UK. The admirable foster-mother who raised leboyfr would then take me into her bed and comfort me.

This book lovingly creates a new vision for the birth process. It’s common sense, but the kind that you often don’t realize because intervention routines have interfered so often.

Although Leboyer’s disciple, Michel Odentbecame known for introducing birthing pools in hospitals as an option for lower lumbar pain management.

Frederick Leboyer: ‘Babies are overlooked in labour’

And unconsciously leboyr do everything they can to find themselves once more safely behind bars! Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. 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. It really opened my eyes and changed the way I see the world.


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Frederic Leboyer see below demonstrates this with a letter a woman sent him when she learnt about his teachings: There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Dec 20, Jennifer rated it did not like it. Midwives were effectively stamped out in the early years of the 20th century. If it’s only the ultimate outcome that matters in your book, then you probably won’t care for this treatise. It surprised me the way it’s written — very fragmented and “poetic,” parts of it in this imagined dialogue.

Though I do love the Leboyer bath, I believe bathing the infant is a procedure that is done just because it has always been done – just like all of the other procedures he covers in the book.

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 Birth Without Violence told the story of birth from the baby’s point of view — and in taking that perspective, Leboyer was able to raise powerful questions, for the first time, about how the delivery room would look and what it would feel like to the infant who emerged into it.

The baby is very susceptible to what happens to him, and around him. At first, it tried to get on my nerves, but I was alert because my wife couldn’t get past the first couple of pages due to the writing style.


Midwives were portrayed as dirty, illiterate, and ignorant, and eventually women were convinced that they were safer in the hands of doctors and hospitals.

Could I get the lights dimmed, the nurses to leave us alone and not poke and weigh and suction etc.

Any babies born outside the birrth environment of the operating room were labeled contaminated and kept separately. I don’t think I could give birth as quietly as bifth the dark as Leboyer advocates for, but I appreciated the reminder that birth is traumatic for a newborn too and treating them with gentleness and tenderness is important.

Refresh and try again. For example, in Greece the midwife was a woman who had borne children herself.

Birth into water is the most unusual, but is now becoming slightly more mainstream, especially since it does wonderful things for the mother’s pain during labor. Leboyer offers suggestions and techniques for making the delivery process less crazy and more enjoyable for all involved, especially the newborn. The point of this book, of this whole story, is not just to make birth something nice.

Frédérick Leboyer

violrnce If it is possible for you, I would like you to give me your feelings about my story, which is totally truthful. 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.

Everything, totally, completely utterly, and with a sensitivity we can’t even begin to imagine.