Water Birth Wisdom by Rima Star

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 I was on a crowded beach in Spain, curious about the millions of human beings who spend their vacations watching and playing in the waves, when I received the manuscript of Rima’s book. In the 1970s, having noticed the strong attraction towards water of many women in labor, we introduced in our maternity unit a garden inflatable paddling pool, the “ancestor” of hospital birthing pools. Just as we at Pithiviers were pioneers of water labor and water birth, so Rima Star is a pioneer of both—she was one of the first two women in the United States to give birth in water back in 1980. Since then, she has attended and facilitated hundreds of water labors and births, accumulating over many years her Water Birth Wisdom—which she now offers to all in this magical book. We need more observations and interpretations of the mysterious connections between Homo sapiens and water, and Rima provides many of these herein, relating to both parents and babies. Thank you, Rima!

   —Dr. Michel Odent
   Author of Planet Ocean: Our Mysterious Connections to Water


9989-rima-star-red-12.jpgRima Star, Founder of Star Institute, is widely known as the “mother of water birth” in the United States and elsewhere. Author of The Healing Power of Birth, she is also well-known as a rebirther/breath therapist, originally trained by Leonard Orr. She was one of the first breath therapists in the US and remains in active practice. For many years, she taught a 250-hour program in birth journey facilitation at Star Institute. Her curriculum trained students to help families from pre-conception to post-birth bonding. Her methods add massage for parents and infants, breath work, and other therapeutic techniques to the repertoire of the doula, and she has trained hundreds of birth facilitators in her system.





Author: Rima Star

Copyright: 2022


Total Pages: 279


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    Water Birth Wisdom

    Posted by Elaine Westfall on 3rd Apr 2022

    Great book. Such a wealth of information about all aspects of pregnancy and birth, and especially the use of water in supporting women in pregnancy and childbirth. I also thought that the personal stories woven throughout the book lent a richness and depth that took this beyond just an informational guidebook for water birth. It was like a true celebration of birth, and also a celebration of women who trust their bodies and their intuition, and trust the process of giving birth their way. I hope this book finds its way to the bookshelves of all expectant mothers and couples, as well as those thinking about having children, and all birth professionals - doulas, birth facilitators, midwives, and obstetricians. The experience of reading Water Birth Wisdom was like going for a swim in the ocean of Divine Mother. I truly loved it.