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Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year

I. Overview
II. Competition
III. Market
IV. Publicity
V. Bio
VI. Chapter Outline
Reviews
Excerpts
Other Titles


I. Overview

Author: Susun S. Weed.
Foreword by Jeannine Parvati Baker. 196 pages, index, illustrations.
ISBN: 0961462000 Retails for $11.95 USD

This book, now in its 24th printing, has helped three generations of women conceive, carry and give birth naturally. Chapters cover herbal fertility agents and herbs for birth control; safe, simple home remedies for the common complaints of pregnancy; alternative medicines for complications of labor and delivery; and effective remedies for the distresses of newborns and new moms. Complete instructions make using this book easy and fun.

This book is an expanded version of a manual Ms. Weed developed for American midwives. It accompanied an intensive training, which she taught throughout the USA to groups of midwives interested in using herbal and natural remedies in their practices. It was so popular that it became clear that it needed to be made available to a larger audience.

Ms. Weed's personal interest in herbal medicine came about because of her own pregnancy and her desire to find drug-free ways of helping herself deal with problems.
Ash Tree Publishing was founded in 1985 to reweave the healing cloak of the Ancients and to make the Wise Woman Tradition available to modern women. The information gathered in Ash Tree books offers women simple, easy, successful, and safe ways to regain and maintain health.

Sample Review:
What a unique treasure this book is! I used this during my entire "childbearing year" and am so glad that it is still available so I can give it to my best friend's daughter as she prepares for her first child. I still use the Herbal Pharmacy section quite frequently so this book has a permanent place on my bookshelf.

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II. Competition

Please note that reviews of Wise Woman Herbal For The Childbearing Year from Amazon.com consistently rate our book above other, similar titles such as:

The Naturally Healthy Pregnancy: The Essential Guide to Nutritional and Botanical Medicine for the Childbearing Years
by Shonda Parker; paperback

The Expectant Mother's Guide to Prescription and Nonprescription Drugs
, Vitamins, Home Remedies, and Herbal Products by Donald L., Ph.D. Sullivan; paperback.

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III. Market

Women want to use natural remedies when they are pregnant or thinking of conceiving, but are needlessly frightened into believing they are dangerous. This book clearly delineates safe remedies from risky ones, offers recipes for nourishing foods, and makes it clear when further help is needed. Used by midwives and mothers in more than a dozen countries.

Published in German as Naturheilkunde für schwangere Frauen and Säuglinge; and in French as Le Trèfle de vie.

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IV. Publicity

Susun Weed has appeared on numerous national radio, television, and new-media venues, including National Public Radio, NBC News, CNN, and ABCNews.com. She has been quoted and interviewed in many major magazines, including Newsweek, Natural Health, Woman's Day, First for Women, Herbs for Health, and Whole Earth. She is a contributor to the Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women's Studies, and writes a regular column in Sagewoman. Ms. Weed publishes a monthly ezine at her 500+ page site www.susunweed.com.

Susun Weed's publicity team continues to actively seek radio, television and speaking engagements on a regular basis. Visit her online press kit and publicity schedule.

Testimonials:
Susun Weed is an enthusiastic and well informed guest who encourages people to take control of their health. She is the keeper of a wealth of herbal knowledge. I hope she returns as a guest soon. - Susan Lembo, Healthy Lifestyles Radio

I was so impressed with Ms. Weed's wisdom. It is awesome and we can all benefit from being in her 'presence' whether we read her books or have the pleasure of talking to her.
- Barbara Holstein, Enchanted Self

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V. Bio

Susun Weed is an extraordinary teacher with a joyous spirit, a powerful presence, and an encyclopedic knowledge of herbs and health. She is the voice of the Wise Woman Way, where common weeds, simple ceremony, and compassionate listening support and nourish health/wholeness/holiness. She has opened hearts to the magic and medicine of the green nations for three decades. Click here to for more about Susun Weed.

Ms. Weed's four herbal medicine books focus on women's health topics including menopause, childbearing, and breast health. Visit her site www.susunweed.com for information on her workshops, apprenticeships, correspondence courses and more!

Learn more about Wise Woman Herbal For The Childbearing Year at the website dedicated to it www.childbearing-year.com.

Browse the publishing site www.wisewomanbookshop.com to learn more about her alternative health books. Venture into the NEW Menopause site www.menopause-metamorphosis.com to learn all about the Menopausal Years the Wise Woman Way.

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VI. Chapter Outline

Table of Contents

FOREWORD xi
INTRODUCTION xiii
USING THIS BOOK xv
USING HERBS SAFELY xvii

1. BEFORE PREGNANCY 1
Fertility Promoters 2
Herbal Birth Control 5
Teratogens 12

2. DURING PREGNANCY 17
Tonics 18
Morning Sickness 24
Miscarriage 26
Varicosities 29
Constipation 33
Skin Discoloration 34
Anemias 35
Muscle Cramps 36
Backache 37
Heartburn 40
Fatigue, Moodiness 41
Bladder Infections 44
High Blood Pressure 46
Pre-eclampsia 49

3. CHILDBIRTH 55
Breech Presentation 56
False Labor 57
Premature Rupture of Membranes 58
Unripe Cervix 59
Initiating Labor 60
Stalled Labor 61
Rigid Os 65
Exhaustion 66
Pain 67
Elevated Blood Pressure 68
Expulsion of Placenta 69
Hemorrhage 71
Shock 74

4. AFTER PREGNANCY 77
Perineal Tears 78
After-pains 80
Child-bed Fever 81
Depression 82
Exhaustion/Tension 83
Lactation 84

5. YOUR INFANT 95
No breath 96
Umbilical Care 96
Circumcision 98
Postpartum Eye Care 98
Eye Infections 99
Pinkeye 100
Jaundice 101
Colic 106
Thrush 109
Diaper Rash 111
Cradle Cap 114
Infections and Fevers 114

6. HERBAL PHARMACY 121
Meeting the Plants 122
Picking Herbs 123
Drying Herbs 124
Foraging Problems 124
Buying Herbs 125
Making Herbal Medicines 126
Water Bases 127
Making Herbal Infusions 128
Herbal Decoctions and Syrups 130
External Uses of Infusions 132
Spirit Bases 133
Tinctures 134
Oil Bases 137
Making Infused Oils 138
Trouble Shooting Infused Oils 138
Making Ointments 139

APPENDIX I 144
Herbal Sources of Vitamins 144
Herbal Sources of Minerals 145

APPENDIX II 147

GLOSSARY 158

INDEX 161

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Reviews

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Excerpts

Herbal Birth Control from Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year

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Other Titles

Healing Wise, The Second Wise Woman Herbal
Breast Cancer? Breast Health!

New Menopausal Years the Wise Woman Way

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Email: susunweed@herbshealing.com


Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year
by Susun S. Weed

Foreword by Jeannine Parvati Baker.
192 pages, index, lovely illustrations.
Now in its 24th printing. A confirmed favorite with pregnant women, midwives, childbirth educators, and new parents. Packed with clear, comforting, and superbly helpful information.

Retails for $14.95

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