NATURAL CHILDBIRTH THE SWISS WAY by Esther Marilus

NATURAL CHILDBIRTH THE SWISS WAY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

What's the Swiss way? A program developed by Swiss obstetricians and gymnastic teachers, which recommends a combination of breathing, physical exercise, and relaxation techniques for an easier pregnancy and delivery. Not pain free but pain controlled, with special consideration for troublesome areas--feet, back, varicose veins, etc. Marilus admittedly has no data to offer, just her own personal testimony after three relatively easy deliveries and another that was more difficult because she was unprepared. The Lamaze breathing is discouraged (for limiting oxygen supply to the fetus), replaced by ""low panting."" Women are encouraged to find their own most comfortable labor position--on their back or side or on all fours. Even with advice for fathers, postpartum exercises, and other relevant information, it emerges as a lackluster contender on an increasingly crowded track.

Pub Date: March 19th, 1979
Publisher: Prentice-Hall