Academic journal article Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology & Health

The Gentle Greeting: An Obstetrician's Complete Guide to Planning a Loving Pregnancy and Birth Experience

Academic journal article Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology & Health

The Gentle Greeting: An Obstetrician's Complete Guide to Planning a Loving Pregnancy and Birth Experience

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The Gentle Greeting: An Obstetrician's Complete Guide to Planning a Loving Pregnancy and Birth Experience, by Ronald L. Cole, M.D. (1998). Naperville, Illinois: Sourcebooks. 169 pages. ISBN: 1-57071-325-1.

The detailed step by step journey through conception, pregnancy, birth and postpartum adjustments are well chronicled in this insightful book written for "expectant" parents. It is comfortable reading that flows easily from beginning to end.

The Gentle Greeting provides information about the developmental, physio-emotional changes that occur during pregnancy, and about the variety of pregnancy and birthing options available for people of child bearing age. The author goes beyond the traditional allopathic model of supine vaginal labor and routine C-section surgery to offer other vaginal birthing positions, family birthings, and water birthings.

Ronald Cole is an enlightened allopathic obstetrician who focuses on the complete wholeness (physical, emotional, mental and spiritual) of the three principal parties involved-mother, father, and the child they are having. His approach is one that promotes and honors the prenate/neonate as a totally conscious being actively participating in prenatal relationships, the labor and delivery process, and in postpartum events. …

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