No matter how science has progressed, childbirth, in essence, has remained unchanged from ancient times.[It] is the last natural process left to us,' writes internationally lauded obstetrician Dr. Tadashi Yoshimura. 'The fact that it has remained unchanged means that there is truth in it.' The truth and power of birth is the subject of Dr. Yoshimura's book; he describes babies born so directly into the arms of their mothers that they do t cry, and women so transformed with pride and passion in their ability that they are joyous and forever changed.'
DR. TADASHI YOSHIMURA is a Japanese obstetrician and natural birth advocate. His maternity clinic in Okazaki, Japan, is known internationally for its incredibly positive birth outcomes including a 3.4% Cesarean rate, despite the clinic accepting many high-risk patients. Called the mother of authentic midwifery, INA MAY GASKIN has practiced for nearly forty years at The Farm Midwifery Center, which is noted for its low rates of intervention, morbidity and mortality. She is the only midwife for whom an obstetric maneuver has been named (the Gaskin maneuver). Gaskin lives in Tennessee.