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March 17, 1951

Understanding Natural Childbirth: A Book for the Expectant Mother

JAMA. 1951;145(11):854-855. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.02920290080033

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Abstract

There seems to be a deluge of articles and books on natural childbirth. In 1933 Grantly Dick Read wrote a book entitled "Natural Childbirth." In 1937 Kathleen Vaughan wrote one called "Safe Childbirth." In 1944 Read published an American edition of his ideas and called the book "Childbirth Without Fear." In 1949 Helen Heardman prepared "A Way to Natural Childbirth—A Manual for Physiotherapists and Parents-To-Be," and just before her death Heardman wrote another book, "Relaxation and Exercise for Natural Childbirth." In 1950 Herbert Thoms published "Training for Childbirth." His former associate, Frederick W. Goodrich Jr., wrote "Natural Childbirth—A Manual for Expectant Mothers." Now, Thoms' second book on the subject appears. In addition to the foregoing books, numerous articles have appeared in medical journals, lay magazines and newspapers with information concerning natural childbirth.

According to the advertisement on the cover of Thoms' present book, questions concerning every phase of pregnancy, labor

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