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Groundbreaking vintage of ordinary childbirth, which begun the revolution nonetheless occurring at the present time. precious examining for ladies, pregnant ladies, moms, midwives, obstetricians.

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I asked him if he was interested in cerebral palsy. He was not – it was the pediatricians’ business. Had he read the results of the recent wide-scale investigation and the report that medical authorities believe that over 70 per cent of these disabled children had been crippled by interference at birth? He replied that there was undoubtedly a lot of bad obstetrics, but what could be done about it? 25 million – did he not think that the natural or physiological method might be worth a trial in this fight against the tragedy of maimed babies?

This resistance gives rise to pain, because the uterus is supplied with sensitive nerve endings which record pain arising from excessive tension. Therefore, Fear, Tension and Pain are three evils opposed to the natural design, which have been introduced in the course of civilisation by the ignorance of those who have been concerned with preparations for and attendance at childbirth. If fear, tension and pain go hand in hand, then it must be necessary to relieve tension and to overcome fear in order to eliminate pain.

Until finally, even through my orthodox and conservative mind, I began to see light. I began to realise that there was no law in nature and no design that could justify the pain of childbirth. There I witnessed women having their babies in the most natural and apparently painless manner, but I also saw those who suffered pain and to whom the birth of their child was an experience horrible to remember. When eventually the war ceased and I was back at the London Hospital as resident accoucheur, the same problem occurred again.

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