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I got a copy Spiritual Midwifery at my library too, and I am right there with all you mamas who love it! I read when 6 months pregnant- wonderful birth stories!!
It is an amazing book, so inspiring, BUT am I the only one who had a few problems with it? Number one, I found it quite annoying how Steven (her husband) was cast as some kind of birth guru who could always make a labor take a turn for the easier. A book by, for, and about women- why does there have to be an ultimate male authority??? Also, I didn't like the parts where women were told not to be "complain-y." A mama should be able to say "this hurts" and cry if she wants to. In that case, she need sympathy, understanding, and encouragement- NOT JUDGEMENT!!
That said, I admire and respect Ina May tremendously and there is no doubt that SM is a classic and contains much wisdom and inspiration. I just hope that this latest book (being written 30 years later) will have a more feminist slant. I can't wait to read it!