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  1. lov2laf lov2laf says:

    My purpose for reading this book is to brush up on childbirth and strategies to support my partner during her pregnancy and labor For that I got less out of this book than I did with Ina May's other book Ina May's Guide to ChildbirthSpiritual Midwifery was Ina May's first book and there's no doubt that it and she have been seminal in bringing midwifery and home births back to the fore of modern society This book is groundbreaking in its own right but it ended up being of a biographical and historical account then my personal how to guideThis book was autobiographical on how The Farm came to be how and why Ina May ended up in a midwifery role and the things she and her midwifery partners learned along the way In addition to the stroll down memory lane we also get a large amount of personal essays and the different experiences from women and men regarding the labors with their children in the hands of the midwives They actually started sounding redundant so I skimmed past many of themWhile the first half of the book is accessible to everyone the second half of the book reads like a how to manual for midwives and seems less relevant to anyone not interested in being a professional midwife or doula It is interesting though and is basically a medical manual of the woman's body the baby and goes into the nitty gritty medical details of it allThe spiritual aspect I was a bit surprised by Any familiarity with Ina May and The Farm definitely gets you plugged into the hippy vibe especially since their caravan and commune rose in the 60s and 70s But the mention of spirituality is also in reference to a traditional belief in god Surprisingly Ina May's husband was a minister and the leader of the commune They and the rest of the people on The Farm strongly believed in god mentioning praying the miracles of god and the like I don't recall any specifics ex Jesus isn't mentioned so it comes across as of a general belief but it definitely makes its presence in the readAnd me reading it as atheist? I wasn't bothered I'd or less move past any mentions and stick to pulling out of the book what I could use Mainly the themes being to make the mother comfortable in a number of different ways the importance of the father or partner in my case and what he can bring to the birth experience and that childbirth is natural powerful and not always the horror story we see on tv Just know god is mentioned often in the book whether that's a pro or a con for youIt's an interesting read but I enjoyed Ina May's other book and Penny Simkin's The Birth Partner book I'd recommend this if you were interested in learning about the midwifery movement or wanted to be involved in childbirth care375 stars


  2. Forrest Forrest says:

    Why you surely ask is a man reviewing Spiritual Midwifery?Frankly put I delivered two of my children at home Yes there was a midwife looking over my shoulder but I did all the dirty work with my wife From start to finish these pregnancies were ours Ina May Gaskin's book is well groovy is the word It's not a real how to nuts and bolts guide to home delivery though it does explain in great and graphic not for young children detail the mechanics of it all It also offers sage advice on nutrition circumcision prenatal visits and so forth The most intriguing aspect of the book however are the vignettes recounting the stories of various pregnancies on The Farm From a multitude of viewpoints life and the giving of life on The Farm is dissected and observed examined and appreciated by those who lived it Would I choose to live there? Heck no But I see the attraction And just like living at the farm this book isn't for everyone but it's definitely worth considering Again not for the faint of heart but for the open heart


  3. Vanessa Vanessa says:

    This book changed my life I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life I was lost I was tired of trying to find direction One day at the health food store I wandered to the book section and I was drawn to the cover of this book When I opened the pages it was like the clouds parted and a beam of light spread over me At that point I knew I would someday be a midwife Now I'm in my first year of nursing school with a 5 10 year plan of going back after my BSN to get a master's degree in certified nurse midwifery Although I applaud lay midwives or direct entry midwives for the services they provide to people I believe the route I'm taking will allow me to serve a greater number of people and expose them to high uality holistic health care that they may not get from your run of the mill obgyn doc


  4. Chris Chris says:

    I first read this classic beautiful handbook for home birth while writing MIDWIVES in 1995 I reread it this week because rehearsals of my stage adaptation of the novel begin December 26 at the George Street Playhouse Hoping some of you get to see it Starring as Sibyl Danforth? Ellen McLaughlin the original Angel in ANGELS IN AMERICA The play is directed by the brilliant David Saint


  5. Danger Kallisti Danger Kallisti says:

    It's books like this that really make it clear to me that mainstream culture is completely ass backwards especially when it comes to healthcare and most specifically OBGYN 20 years of successful natural positive non damaging childbirth on The Farm goes a long way toward proving that routine hospitalization of healthy laboring mothers with its accompanying sexual assault and dehumanization is in desperate need of re evaluationThis book presents the subject of midwifery in a gentle fun and unbelievably energetic manner It combines a variety of honest case studies with sound medical information and never loses sight of the profoundly beautiful and cosmic experience of delivery


  6. Elizabeth Elizabeth says:

    Laura found this first edition 1975 at the flea market next door How could we turn this down? It's the first hand account told by the mothers and fathers and midwives of about 200 of the 372 births thus far on a giant culty hippie baby making farm in Tennessee Followed by instructions for prenatal and neonatal care for parents and midwives The hippie slang is unreal A good example 'We could use some of your energy in here Clifford' I sat up and helped get it covered It was right up in my thing because I always tended to be a little lazy about spending my energy But this was my kid being born too and my lady in labor and my Universe so I had to cop to the responsibility of keeping it stonedBasically a few hundred pages of rushes being groove and getting heavy while they were real telepathic with each other and getting stoneder on that This book was definitely stoned charged with spiritual energy I started reading it this morning and finished it this evening And I'm surprised to see further editions published as recently as 2002 I never would have thought when we saw this dusty old thing forgotten in a flea market booth that than 200 copies had ever gotten out or been read I am going to have to find out the current status of Ina May and this crazy hippie farm old fashioned and conservative in its family values and all its sister farms


  7. Emily Marks Emily Marks says:

    My husband and a pregnant and beaming I were attending a very moving GreekKiwi wedding on Waiheke Island and we met a radiant couple who taught Yoga among other esteemed things She recommended this book to me When borrowing it from the local Library I was heartened to view its 70s cover Ina May Gaskin and her 'faith' intrigued and perplexed me Does anyone know is she Christian with a smidgin of Buddhism? Her faith was never explicitly explained I guess cos it's not the point of the book but her extreme warmth for humanity her generosity her faith and her gentle strength streamed through her words on these pages I will admit it's not a book I read or would recommend reading from cover to cover and also not one I'd recommend at the end of your pregnancy because I believe there comes a point where one should disengage from others' experience of birth and focus on the birth you your baby and your birthing team are creating This book is essentially a collection of stories from the 70s? about births There's greater romance than I'm telling here because the book tells the story also of how this collective of midwives grew from Ina May to a raft of 'disciples' who lived in housebuses in a large community together and served the greater communityThe strongest thing I took from this reading is that I don't have to be an angry birthing mother to be I can be loving and gentle with my partner As Ina May says What put the baby in there can bring the baby out So being loving and even 'smoochy' with your partner I personally didn't uite make it to the smoochy stage in my 8 hours of birthing can aid the process She illuminated the fact that not all birthing stories are challenging or unpleasant and that some people genuinely they're not lying ENJOY birthing She also suggested the conscious use of language so converting 'contractions' into 'rushes'Ina May Gaskin is a taonga


  8. Sharon E. Sharon E. says:

    O MY GOSH you have to read this book if you are going to or have given birth at home or just want to have a wide awake natural childbirth It left me with the confident knowledge that I wasn't the first I won't be the last and birth first and foremost belongs to women not doctors


  9. Elizabeth Elizabeth says:

    Holy wow where do I even start? I guess I have to start by saying two things 1 This book changed my life2 I think every single woman should read this bookAlthough the central theme of the book is midwifery in essence it's just this really really amazing book that makes you feel incredible and powerful about being a woman I think there needs to be a lot of that in the world today Woman are brought up to feel bad about being a woman We're taught that our bodies are ugly and unhealthy and that they will turn on us We're taught that our feminine energy is somehow wrong and inappropriate True solace and healing can't even be found in modern feminism which is sometimes about anger than empowerment Update 32014 Today I wouldn't necessarily finger uote the word feminism the way that I've done here but I stand by my basic meaning We need to learn to rejoice in our bodies and our femininity and to claim our power as women and I think this book through an explanation of the ideas that constitute what Ina May Gaskin calls spiritual midwifery and a plethora of positive joyful birthing stories helps one to do just that I strongly recommend that EVERY woman read this oneIna May Gaskin is absolutely my hero


  10. June June says:

    I read this book before the home births of each of my three children Yes it's hokey Yes it's dated There's a lot of long hair beards and wire rimmed glasses BUT the pictures and birth stories are worth it When I was looking for information on healthy involved births Ina May Gaskin provided a variety of experiences in this book I did find the lack of racialethnic diversity to be a turn off but oh well If you're looking for open positive and detailed stories about births this is a great book to have


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Spiritual Midwifery Here is the 4th edition of the classic book on home birth that introduced a whole generation of women to the concept of natural childbirth Back again are even amazing birthing tales including those from women who were babies in earlier editions and stories about Old Order Amish women attended by the Farm midwivesAlso new is information about the safety of techniues routinely used in hospitals during and after birth information on postpartum depression and maternal death and recent statistics on births managed by The Farm MidwivesFrom the amazing birthing tales to care of the newborn Spiritual Midwifery is still one of the best books an expectant mother could own Includes resources for doulas childbirth educators birth centers and other organizations and alliances dedicated to improving maternity care at home and in hospitals

  • Paperback
  • 482 pages
  • Spiritual Midwifery
  • Ina May Gaskin
  • English
  • 08 April 2015
  • 9781570671043

About the Author: Ina May Gaskin

Ina May Gaskin MA CPM is founder and director of the Farm Midwifery Center located near Summertown Tennessee Founded in 1971 by 1996 the Farm Midwifery Center had handled than 2200 births with remarkably good outcomes Ms Gaskin herself has attended than 1200 births She is author of Spiritual Midwifery now in its fourth edition For twenty two years she published Birth Gazett