Images of pregnancy, the birth experience, and the spirituality of the birth process are the focus of this classic book of photographs. For years, renowned documentary photographer Mary Motley Kalergis photographed dozens of births, including countless home and hospital births attended by both doctors and midwives.
The resulting book, Giving Birth, was given limited distribution in its first publication but over the years quietly gained a wide-spread following among birth educators and expectant mothers. Especially revealing were the images of husbands and children who were present with the laboring mother during the birth experience, which was unusual at the time.
Re-issued and available again, the documentary classic Giving Birth is a required resource for the expectant mother who wants to experience the full wonder of her pregnancy and childbirth. Ninety three pages, including seventy three black and white photographs.
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Originally published by Harper&Row in 1982, Giving Birth was considered shocking and even scandalous by those who objected to its intimate photographs of births, especially home births at which siblings were present. With the early criticism, Giving Birth's original publisher refused to authorize flap copy for the book and its distribution was severely limited. Still, Giving Birth won a strong underground reputation as the most moving and sensitive depiction of childbirth ever published. Over the next decade the author of Giving Birth, documentary photographer Mary Motley Kalergis, went on to gain an international reputation, with numerous gallery and museum exhibitions and the publication of five additional books, including Mother: A Collective Portrait, With This Ring, and Seen and Heard. In 1997, in response to popular demand, Sugarday Books re-published Giving Birth in its complete, original form.From the Author:
Childbirth is the great equalizer. The unwed teenager, the young wife and the middle-aged career woman all share a common sisterhood during their labor and delivery. While they give birth, their ages and backgrounds are cast aside to reveal a deeper and brighter dimension of their common humanity. All who are willing to open their eyes to the miracle of life can be touched by the power of a baby being born. Before I began this project, I didn't consider myself a particularly religious person. But after pointing my camera so many times at the deep blue gaze of newborns, I see why the midwives call them "fresh from God." They seem a physical affirmation of the spiritual side of human nature. Their ageless little faces can show us who we really are by reminding us of our original selves.
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers, 1983. Perfect Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 60910518