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Publisher's Summary

The original Spiritual Midwifery, published in 1976, introduced an entire generation of young women to the possibility of home birth and breast feeding. It also breathed new life into the all-but-vanished field of midwifery. 

The current edition of this classic book on home birth is now an audiobook, with updated information on the safety of natural childbirth, new birthing stories, and the most recent statistics on births managed by The Farm Midwives. 

Ina May also provides new information about potentially dangerous techniques routinely used in hospitals during and after birth, as well as the latest findings about vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC). Improved instructions for handling breech births are also given. Included are stories of working with Amish women, showing a different culture with a similar appreciation for natural childbirth. 

Spiritual Midwifery is skillfully narrated by Camille Mazant. All figures and diagrams referenced in the narration are included in the supplementary PDF.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©1975, 1977, 1980, 1990, 2002 The Book Publishing Company (P)2019 Echo Point Books & Media, LLC

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Most incredible book

I am amazed but this collection of stories and information. I cried in happiness and sadness, and anger and love. It truly connects us to each other and ourselves.

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Amazing Stories Beautifully Read

Camille Mazant does justice to these inspiring stories. I learned so much about different people's processes of natural birth and genuinely enjoyed listening to her reading. Ina May Garten has done and seen some amazing things; she is a veritable wealth of knowledge and we are lucky she's shared so much of it in this work! I received this product in exchange for an honest review

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cringey, self-aggrandizing hippies

I was raised in this kind of environment and I'm a believer in home birth, my dad even spent time at the farm. Maybe as a result I'm finding I can't handle this book. The intense egoism of these people. Its stunning. Between bragging about drinking during pregnancy to giving birth in a bus without anyone present with experience, to how proud they all are of their poor living conditions- let me tell you, the kids raised by these people are not all happy with their childhoods. Steven is also definitely a cult leader, so there's that. So far there's also no useful info or advice, just self congratulatory stories. Despite the hype, skip this.

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Poor narration of a beautiful book

The book holds a multitude of valuable information and perspective on birth. it was disappointing to hear many terms incorrectly pronounced including midwifery. Ina May is such an inspiration due to her ability to use scientific evidence and wisdom of her experience to provide safe birth and education.

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Very inspirational and informative

Great stories and information for mothers, their partners and midwives. OB's Should read up on how to support mothers in their birthing journey and to interfere as little as possible. This would create a much improved outcome for mothers and babies which would have an impact on society as a whole.

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Pronunciation.

Please have this reread by someone who is familiar with medical terminology so that those who are listening and learning from it may get the full benefit.

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amazing stories about amazing women

I really learned a lot about the energies of childbirth. There was tears and joy in listening to such beautiful and personal stories.

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  • Siobhán Carroll
  • 10-29-19

Excellent resource for anyone expecting a baby

Such a wonderful book to listen to while driving, amazing birth stories to help reprogram fear around birth and get you excited about the potentially “psychedelic” experience. Such wisdom and insights for me parents and anyone who wants a more positive pregnancy and birth experience. Highly recommend!

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  • alex
  • 07-13-21

enjoyed overall

skipped quite a lot of the stories as there were so many and although interesting quite similar and ready to move on.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-23-21

Pretty white-centric, some useful information

I know Gaskin is considered a bit of a midwifery 'goddess', and I know no one is perfect, but this was a little bit too centred on white, cis-hetero folk which made me a little uncomfortable. There are some religious remarks in her story telling that didn't sit well with me, such as her belief that one baby was not ready to be born because the parents weren't married, and therefore their relationship wasn't recognised by God, and this is just a little 'off' for me. Apparently the baby needed them to be in holy matrimony before it would enter the world. I'm a deeply spiritual person, but that felt a little problematic, because what place does a patriarchal, religious marital contract have in birth?
Anyway! The stories are great, but I don't like the narration at all and found a lot of the stories pretty repetitive. The photos are lovely to look through, as are the diagrams. The latter section of the book, describing practical measures for birth was really insightful and I found it useful in my preparation to free birth.
The above is all my own person feeling and opinion, not intended to offend any one, regardless of their belief.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-16-20

Not helpful

I really tried my best to listen to this book but found it not helpful at all and the stories just screamed irresponsible to me. It may help others, however it was unfortunately not for me.