By Grantly Dick-Read

Groundbreaking vintage of traditional childbirth, which began the revolution nonetheless happening this day. worthwhile examining for girls, pregnant ladies, moms, midwives, obstetricians.

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They are militant today in pursuit of their health and happiness in natural childbirth and the inborn beauty of the babies, who start life uninjured by interference, which could well have been avoided. 27 CHAPTER 3 A PHILOSOPHY OF CHILDBIRTH I have often wondered if a woman in Whitechapel whose name I have long since forgotten has ever realised the far-reaching influence of a casual remark she made to me. For some reason or other the whole picture made an indelible impression upon my mind, although at the time I had no idea that it was the seed that would eventually alter the course of my life.

Far from it, for with a clearer understanding of the natural processes and designs of childbirth a change of attitude towards the science of obstetrics is discernible in all the civilised countries of the world. Today the birth of a child is an emotional experience which brings with it all the noblest and most lovable qualities of men, women, and children. It unearths the fund of tenderness, companionship, and sympathetic understanding that smooths our social structure and brings confidence to replace suspicion.

But prejudice denies women their wishes to be calm and courageously composed. The consciousness of the purposeful physical sensations, and the emotional reactions to those sensations is denied the modern wife. She is deprived of the full reward of childbirth, which is the realisation of her achievement in the birth of her child. Too many never know the deep glory of a woman’s pride as the hungry child ceases its demanding whimper and draws the ready nipple to itself and snuggles in the soft, satisfying security of its mother’s breast.

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