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The world-renowned French obstetrician who pioneered "Birth Without Violence" talks about new ways to live in the spirit. Leboyer’s book, 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. First published in 1974, 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? He also discusses his personal evolution from medical doctor and writer to practitioner of Yoga and Tai Chi. (Hosted by Larry Geis & Deirdre Woo)
Frederick Leboyer, M.D. (1918-2017), a French obstetrician was the first physician to challenge Western society’s deeply held beliefs about awareness in the newborn. He pioneered birthing without violence that has forever revolutionized the course of prenatal care and the way babies are introduced to the world.
Frederick Leboyer’s books include:
Host: Larry Geis & Deirdre Woo Interview Date: 12/4/1978 Program number: 1388
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