Frederic Leboyer, MD
- 131 pages with photographs
published in 1974, this new translation of a poetic musing on birth
will stir everyone's unconscious memories.
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?
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.
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."