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Birthing The Future

Birthing The FutureSuzanne Arms, an acclaimed author, photojournalist, and midwifery advocate, has been a recognized leader of the natural birthing movement for many years. She is the author of seven influential books, including Immaculate Deception: A New Look at Women and Childbirth and Giving Birth: Challenges and Choices, published in 1975 and named a Best Book of the Year by The New York Times, and her 1998 video "Giving Birth: Challenges and Choices". Suzanne has made significant contributions to our knowledge and appreciation of birth issues and the critical importance of the early years of childhood.

Her well-designed site, Birthing The Future, is subtitled "Where the heart's knowing meets the edge of science and ancient wisdom guides our future." The site is relatively new and is still being developed, but it already includes a wealth of information. It currently includes a section about Suzanne and her company's vision; descriptions and information on ordering her books and videos; several birth photos; and an exceptional collection of informative essays on birth-related issues such as common misconceptions, changes in hospital births, midwifery care, doulas, epidurals, cesareans, and breastfeeding. This entire section, called Birth Today, can easily be considered one of the best "books" on the subject of birth and birthing practices available today. The essay "The Big Picture" establishes the importance of the work in this field by noting:

"We are led to believe our birth, infancy and early mothering experiences have no lasting significance on the rest of our lives. Current scientific research and mounting clinical evidence show the opposite - our earliest experiences, from womb to toddlerhood, create patterns in our nervous system and brain that become the physiological foundation for life-long thinking, feeling and behavior."

The purpose of Birthing The Future is "to make parenting easier and more joyful, and childhood happier". This site is a significant contribution toward that inspiring goal.

"If we hope to create a non-violent world where respect and kindness replace fear and hatred, we must begin with how we treat each other at the beginning of life. For that is where our deepest patterns are set. From these roots grow fear and alienation - or love and trust."

- Suzanne Arms
from the video Giving Birth: Challenges & Choices


Reviews

Book: Immaculate Deception II: Myth, Magic & Birth

Immaculate Deception II: Myth, Magic & Birth

"Suzanne Arms is an astute observer, fine writer and photographer who tells us what childbirth is truly like today and how it could and should be for all women and their families. This is valuable reading for anyone planning a birth, as well as perinatal caregivers."

- Marshall Klaus,
Neonatologist and researcher

Film: Giving Birth: Challenges and Choices

"Spectacular photography, top-notch editing, riveting information. This is one elegant package that will open the eyes of expectant couples everywhere."

- Henci Goer,
Lamaze instructor, author of Obstetrical Myths versus Research Realities and The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth

"An inspiration to mothers and fathers, and a powerful tool for sensitizing health care professionals to the opportunities for improving the most important event in the lives of most families: birthing. This film continues the tradition Arms started in 1975 by her seminal and original book, 'Immaculate Deception'."

- Robert J. Massad, M.D.,
Professor and Chairman, Department of Family Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York

 
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