• Reclaiming Childbirth as a Rite of Passage

  • Weaving Ancient Wisdom with Modern Knowledge
  • By: Rachel Reed
  • Narrated by: Rachel Reed
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • 5.0 out of 5 stars (23 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

It’s time for a childbirth revolution.

Childbirth has always been, and always will be, a significant rite of passage that transforms a woman into a mother. However, the modern approach to maternity care fails women, families, and care providers with outdated practices that center the needs of institutions rather than individuals.

In this audiobook, Rachel Reed demonstrates how childbirth can be reclaimed to center women and support birth physiology. The audiobook weaves history, science, and research with the experiences of women and care providers to create a holistic, evidence-based framework for understanding birth. It takes the listener on a journey through childbirth physiology and practices and focuses on what can be done to create change one mother at a time, one birth at a time.

Reclaiming childbirth as a rite of passage acknowledges that self-transformation occurs regardless of how the experience unfolds. It recognizes that mothers hold the power and expertise when it comes to birthing their babies. This audiobook encourages women to find their individual pathway through their rite of passage and requires care providers to consider how their actions and interactions influence women’s experiences.

Whether you are a parent, care provider or educator, this audiobook will transform how you think and feel about childbirth.

©2021 Rachel Reed (P)2021 Rachel Reed

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Life changing

This book for me is life changing, making our journey a healing and beautiful one. Knowing how birth should unfold, knowing how the story goes of a body, a journey that is so effected by the past and current medical system allowed me to go back to basics. Thank you thank you

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Great

I really loved this book. I found it helpful while pregnant with my second child. I had a very traumatic first birth. This book helped me examine my fears around birth and start to look forward to my second birth.

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Best book on childbirth

This is by far the best book on childbirth I have listened to or read. Super, super useful and informative. I love the author's work.

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  • A- me
  • 10-04-22

Empowered

This book is fascinating and empowering!
As well as heartbreaking explanation of current western birth practices.

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  • rhyannon hanbury-aggs
  • 09-10-22

Revolutionary

A transformative body of work and essential story for female identity. It changed my relationship to my body, my baby, to fear and pain and even death. Wonderfully empowering, I've now cancelled my c section to give a home birth a try.

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  • TashaB
  • 06-20-22

A must read for all women

loved this book. at times and emotional read, but found the facts mind blowing and the messages inspiring.

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  • 05-05-22

A must read for everyone

Packed with knowledge. It will change your life and outlook on what you thought birth is

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  • Dee
  • 12-30-21

Best birth book I’ve ever read. Fact.

This book is a mind blowing journey through the history of human birth rituals as rites. Explains so much of the current crisis in maternity services and quite obvious ways we can take back control of our own births. This book has been an ideal part of the mental preparation for my upcoming 3rd homebirth. Congratulations and thank you for writing this brilliant book Dr Reed.

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  • caris
  • 09-09-22

every woman and man needs to read this book!

an amazing in-depth historical and physiological deep dive into womanhood birth and beyond. every woman and man of any age needs to read this and it should be health care professionals go to book on child birth. I cried and felt seen

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-07-22

great for burnt out midwives

so much wisdom for birth workers and women, a great reminder that often the best thing we can do for women is nothing

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  • nori
  • 08-31-22

Best book on childbirth

This is hands down the best book about childbirth I have read and I have read a few. There isn’t a word on it I would disagree with. It’s informative, transformative, inclusive, non-dogmatic, gentle and empowering. And hearing it read by Rachel Reed herself was a pleasure.

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  • 07-25-22

Empopwering!!

As a first time Mum with no idea what to expect I found this book very informative. Its really empowered me to speak my needs and wants. I loved this book, I highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-18-22

Must Read for all Birth workers and families

Great book that is relevant and truthful.
Cannot recommend this read enough.
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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-14-22

Absolutely phenomenal

It is a must read. It is not a book just for birthing women, birth partners, midwives or birth workers but for all women, everywhere.

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  • Anonymous
  • 06-11-22

A must read

I’m a mother of 4 and a midwife. I would go as far to say that this is a truly life changing book. Not all new information but a good framework to reflect upon and further intertwine this into both my personal and professional life. Thank you Rachel.

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  • Ashleigh
  • 06-03-22

A must read for anyone in the birth space

This is a wonderful book and so easy to digest the information surrounding birth.
Rachel Reed is exceptional at creating accessible information for anyone in the birth space or for curious people who want to know more about pregnancy and birth.
Use that credit :)

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  • 04-10-22

Must read for every pregnant person

As a midwife and a woman who homebirthed this book is phenomenal.
Must read

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-27-22

ahhhhh-mazing. every human on the planet must read

seriously i dont even know what to say. just read it. literally, understand birth as its where we have come from and what is happening in our world previously and current.
well done rachel reed!