Academic journal article Pre- and Peri-natal Psychology Journal

Different Doorway: Adventures of a Cesarean Born

Academic journal article Pre- and Peri-natal Psychology Journal

Different Doorway: Adventures of a Cesarean Born

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English, Jane Butterfield. Different Doorway: Adventures of a Cesarean Born, Point Reyes Station: Earth Heart, 1985 203pp.

Different Doorway, by Jane Butterfield English, is an intreguing document chronicling her ten-year endeavour to understand the personal ramifications of her birth by cesarean section.

This highly personal journal is devided into three parts. Part 1 is the prologue, an explanation of her decision to undertake this inner search, and the methodology utilized.

The journey itself, explored mainly in documented dreams, visualizations, art and therapy sessions, comprises the second part. It is very graphically and vividly written, encompassing nine years of thoughts, experiences, and insights into her inner world as a nonlabour cesarean person. Some areas are difficult to read as a noncesarean, or, as the mother of cesarean children. However, the author points out that her writings are personal, and her ideas are presented nonjudgementally.

During her journey, Jane Butterfield English met several people who supported, assisted and accompanied her through much of her travels, and interviews with some of them included in Part 3. …

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