Reclaiming Childbirth as a Rite of Passage

Weaving ancient wisdom with modern knowledge

March 2021

This book provides a framework for reclaiming childbirth as a rite of passage within our modern birth culture. It weaves together history, culture, science, research and women’s experiences to create a holistic understanding of birth. The book explores the potential for empowerment and healing regardless of how the birth experience unfolds.



  1. Herstory
  2. The legacy
  3. Blood mysteries
  4. Childbirth as a rite of passage


  1. Preparation
  2. Separation
  3. Liminality
  4. Emergence
  5. Integration
  6. Medical birth rites


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Dr Rachel Reed