by Ina May Gaskin - £9.99 Pinter & Martin Ltd (2011)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781905177585 | ISBN 10: 1905177585
A woman who gives birth in the US today is more likely to die in childbirth than her mother was. With one in three babies born via cesarean, the US ranks behind thirty other nations in neonatal mortality rates, and forty other nations in maternal mortality rates. Confidence in women’s bodies and women’s choices has been lost.
In Birth Matters, Ina May Gaskin, author of Spiritual Midwifery and Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth, reminds us that the ways in which women experience birth have implications for us all. Renewing confidence in a woman’s natural ability to birth provides transformative possibilities for individual families, and for society at large.
Known around the world for her birthing practice’s exemplary low rates of intervention, morbidity and mortality, Ina May Gaskin has gained an international reputation in obstetrics for demonstrating the magic key to safe birth: respect for the natural process. Birth Matters is a spirited manifesta showing us how to trust women, value birth, nurture families, and reconcile modern life with a process as old as our species.
"Ms. Gaskin is a bright light shining into a dark chasm of forgetting... I believe we should do well to hold Gaskin’s writings up among the great philosophical contributions to our time."
(Ani DiFranco, from the foreword)
"A wonderful book expressing Ina May’s energy and vision."
(Sheila Kitzinger, author of 'Rediscovering Birth')
(Price & availability last checked: February 2019)