Frederick Leboyer, MD, was graduated from the University of Paris School of Medicine, where he served as Chef de Clinique. He lives in Switzerland.

 


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Birth Without Violence
by Frederic Leboyer, MD
$16.95

Softcover - 131 pages with photographs

First published in 1974, this new translation of a poetic musing on birth will stir everyone's unconscious memories.

Birth Without Violence is the first book to express what mothers have always known: babies are born complete human beings with the ability to experience a full range of emotions. It revolutionized the way we perceive the process of birth, urging us to consider birth from the infant's point of view. Why must a child emerge from the quiet darkness of the womb into a blaze of blinding light and loud voices? Why must an infant take its first breath in terror, hanging upside down as its vulnerable spine is jerked straight? Why must the infant be separated from its mother after spending nine months inside her nourishing body?

Examining alternatives to technocentric approaches to childbirth, this new translation of the classic text, complete with a new author preface, shows us how we can ease the transition from womb to world without trauma or fear.

"...And then we start dreaming. If this fear could be pacified, healed, the moment we are born, what an extraordinary life would wait for us. Too good to be true. Only when it is seen in this light does this book take on its true dimension. Perhaps it is madly ambitious. Human beings born with this fabulous boon: complete fearlessness. Blessed with a life free from anger and aggressivity. Able to tread the path of life with and unshakable smile and eyes glowing with burning love."

"Birth Without Violence is a work of art, and Frederick Leboyer is the artist of this century who will have the greatest influence on the health and way of life of the next generations."

—Michael Odent, M.D., author of Birth Reborn

"Amazing... Birth Without Violence is a sensual experience, visually and verbally, as its poetic prose blends with the pictures like the unfolding of a happy dream... The impact is strong, his appeal inviting."

—The Boston Globe

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