February 20, 1943

Revelation of Childbirth: The Principles and Practice of Natural Childbirth

JAMA. 1943;121(8):627-628. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840080075028

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Ten years ago the author published a monograph entitled "Natural Childbirth" which created considerable discussion. The present volume elaborates the author's aims and methods and presents a record of some of his clinical results. The thesis expounded is that human reproduction is a normal, natural, biologic process. Pregnancy and labor should be conducted in this light so that they remain natural and unassisted. The pain associated with uterine contractions is the result of fear engendered by generations of ignorance, misconception and false teaching. We do not fear facts but doubts and uncertainties. The fear of parturition has become the great disturber of the neuromuscular mechanism of labor. Pain is caused by tension; tension is caused by fear. Tension leads to cervical dystocia.

If one accepts the theory that pregnancy and labor is a normal physiologic process which should be devoid of pain and that pain is the result of fear,

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