Childbirth without Fear: The Principles and Practice of Natural Childbirth


The most influential birthing book of the last 100 years.–Fit Pregnancy

Ina May Gaskin, author of Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth

A brilliant, courageous classic.

The Practicing Midwife, January 2006

A fascinating read … for all those seeking to pursue childbirth as a normal physiological process. Michel Odent’s foreword is excellent.

Product Description

Over 40 years ago, this pioneering doctor introduced his philosophy of childbirth education–now known as natural childbirth. His modern classic, which has sold more than 200,000 copies in hardcover and trade paperback editions, has been revised and expanded for its mass market edition.

From the Publisher

‘Dr Grantly Dick-Read has always been an inspiration to me. His humanity, love and above all faith in women and their innate mothering skills is truly remarkable. In an age where birth has often been overtaken by obstetrics Dr Dick-Read’s philosophy is still as fresh as it was when he originally wrote this book. I highly recommend it.’
Yehudi Gordon – obstetrician & author

‘A fascinating insight into normal birth at a time when endorphins were not known, modern midwifery did not exist and women had already learned to fear labour. Dick-Read, possibly the world’s first childbirth activist, celebrates women’s innate capacity for safe and easy birth in a challenging book that will excite, amaze, infuriate and uplift its readers.’
Andrea Robertson – independent childbirth educator and author

‘A 21st century edition of this historic – even legendary – book must be warmly welcomed.’
Michel Odent – obstetrician and author

‘When I was heavily pregnant with my first child 25 years ago this book fell into my hands. That was the start of my belief in natural childbirth which eventually led to four great births of my own and the founding of my life’s work in the Active Birth Movement. Grantly Dick-Read’s message is inspirational and even more relevant today than when this book was first published. Every pregnant mother should read it.’
Janet Balaskas – Author of New Active Birth

‘Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand how birth education started as well as the vision that stimulated the birth movement. Dick-Read remains an inspiration for the humanisation of childbirth.’
Sheila Kitzinger – author
Childbirth without Fear: The Principles and Practice of Natural Childbirth

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