Birth: The Mystery

by Mali Schwartz A physician who specializes in infertility problems told his colleague the following: “One day I was peering through a microscope at a fertilized ovum, and I realized that all that this cell will have is carbon, oxygen, hydrogen, nitrogen and a few trace metals; and from this single cell will develop a …

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What is Primal Health?

By Mali Schwartz Michel Odent, pioneer of Primal Health In thinking about how birth has been viewed throughout the ages, it wasn’t that long ago that childbirth was considered a mystery – one that engendered both fear and joy. The process of how an embryo developed in the uterus or how the actual birth could …

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The Importance of Prenatal Education

By Mali Schwartz There are many prenatal programs that have been developed over the years to help women cope with childbirth.  The first childbirth education programs in America were conceived by men such as Dr. Fernand Lamaze, a French Obstetrician who introduced The Lamaze Method in 1951 through observing birthing techniques in Russia.  Dr. Grantly …

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Silence In Labor

by Mali Schwartz     Why is it so important to create a quiet, peaceful atmosphere during labor?   And how can women take charge of creating a peaceful environment no matter where they choose to give birth? The Leboyer Method, established by Dr. Frederic Leboyer in the 1970s was proven to minimize the trauma and stress …

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Not So Safe

By Mali Schwartz, BirthWorks International Board of Director-Secretary I was 23 when I had my first child, my first and only son. He was born in the summer of 1975, at the very height of the natural childbirth movement. I remember being diligent about going to my Lamaze classes, accompanied by my husband. I really …

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