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Book entitled ‘Natural Childbirth’, London, England, 1933

Obstetrician Grantly Dick-Read (1880-1954) was a founder of the ‘natural childbirth’ movement. This book was published in 1933. It was a response to the increasing medicalisation of childbirth, especially its shift from a home-based event to a hospital-based one. Dick-Read argued mothers required little or no artificial pain relief during labour if they understood the processes.

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A written or printed work consisting of pages glued or sewn together along one side and bound in covers. Usually continuous printing or writing.

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A branch of medicine dealing with the care of women. This care occurs during pregnancy, childbirth, and the period of recovery from childbirth.