I just got done reading Birth Without Violence by Leboyer... Wow. I think everyone should read this book. I have heard about it before, but I never read it because I always looked at it and said, "Violence isn't that a really STRONG word to use in reference to birth practices?" And of course I have heard about the Leboyer bath, and all that... But the book really made me think about things from the infant's perspective and think how important every little thing in the first moments in the world can be... And I no longer think violence is a strong word.
It really makes you examine the infant's feelings and struggles in those initial moments of life. It was a real ah-ha moment for me. I sat down to read it in one evening. Of course it is a short book, but I really got into it. I am DEFINATLY doing these things when my baby comes, insha'Allah. Of course DH has already expressed a big fear holding a newborn, "You want me to hold that slippery little thing in the water?" Yeah, way to get into it honey!LOL