An Old Book for New Homebirth Women

26 May 2009 at 9:42 am 1 comment

As a homebirth grandmother, I recently reminisced on some of the reasons I chose to have babies at home. Of course the reasons were myriad. But one very significant book popped to mind. Way, way back in the late ’70’s I was introduced to Ashley Montagu’s “Touching.” An anthropologist, he presents an extremely deep look into both animal and human gestations, births, and perinatal periods. Well, my ancient copy of the book was in pieces, so last year I ordered a new one. Just one little peek into the book: “The biological unity, the symbiotic relationship, maintained by mother and conceptus throughout pregnancy does not cease at birth; indeed, it is naturally designed to become even more intensively functional and mutually involving after birth than during gestation in the uterus…” Do hospitals know this? Even if they did, how could they facilitate it? If they could, would they? I think we all know the answers to these questions. “Touching” is a magnificent book and wonderful reading for any mother preparing for birthing her baby. And another reason for saying “thank you!!!” to our brave midwivesd!!!

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  • 1. Toni  |  26 May 2009 at 2:06 pm

    Thank you for this. 🙂

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