Leboyer is often mistaken as a proponent for water births. Although Frédérick Leboyer, in Birth Without Violence (), p. Thirty seven years on from the publication of Birth Without Violence, you might imagine that its author, Frederick Leboyer, who is now 93, had. About the importance of the right circumstances during birth.

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This book gives a completely different perspective of the life and personality of newborns and of the constant cycle of life.

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Written by an obstetrician who attended over 10, births, this book suggests taking care to ease the transition from womb to world. Birth without Violence explores in depth the sensitivity of the newborn and the importance of how the baby is handled by the people around him. Aug 18, Melissa rated it really liked it Shelves: Understanding of what child is going through makes it less lonely.

People who have been regressed through hypnosis to the moment of birth have remembered unpleasant experiences that caused psychological problems later on in their lives.

Physicians trained in the birtb of obstetrics and gynecology declared themselves to be the proper caregivers for childbearing women, and the hospital was deemed to be the proper setting for that care. It seemed like the main force of his effort was to be artsy and poetic, and his main idea seems to be that babies feel leboysr pain at birth.


His seminal book followed soon afterwards: And unconsciously they do everything they can to find themselves once more safely behind bars! His famous book and film ‘Birth Without Violence’ inspired mothers all over the world to want to give birth naturally and in a more quiet atmosphere.

Frederick Leboyer: ‘Babies are overlooked in labour’

There are only two things I didn’t like about this book: Jan 12, Yuliya rated it really liked it Shelves: Blindly, madly, we assume that the newborn baby feels nothing. Written by a French doctor, this book is actually poetry, which I did not expect.

Jan 12, Tia rated it liked it. Birth Without Violence illustrates how to create an environment of tranquility in which to wiyhout our children: In a three-act play the author builds up his poetic-scientific approach to the drama of birth.

As an apprentice, skills and knowledge were passed down from generation to generation. And how can women achieve that?

It worked every time. Made some good points but the poetic form made it seem less scientific and believable. Leboyer’s violsnce to dedicate his life to childbirth came about, he believes, because of the circumstances of his own arrival, in Paris at the end of the first world war.

Frédérick Leboyer

Views Read Edit View history. Odent has stated that being submerged in water longer than 2 hours can decrease the progress of labor. I love the photos of the relaxed and totally aware-looking newborn babies. God clearly designed birth the way He did for a reason, and this book just tries to tear it all apart.


Leboyer describes birth from the perspective of the child as it experiences the trauma of being separated from the omniscient, perpetually nurtured state of leboger womb leboyre life on earth.

The answer to the question both makes sen I was led to this book on reading a book review written by Caleb Gattegno in Why is the environment at birth so important? It was ok, I can’t say I liked it though.

The admirable foster-mother who raised me would then take me into her bed and comfort me. What is the most important event that happened in your life? Now we know how important the first two hours are for mum and baby, how to promote a successful breastfeeding during this time, how the instinct of the baby sends him toward the nipple.

Leboyer attributes his interest in birth to this wiyhout. Because of Leboyer baths, as they became known, it is sometimes assumed that his ideas led to another obstetric innovation of the late 20th century, waterbirth. Oct 04, Jessica rated it it was amazing. It birrh obviously kinder not to mention more natural to have soft lighting, and gentle voices at a birth.