Reclaiming Childbirth as a Rite of Passage

Weaving ancient wisdom with modern knowledge

Publication end of 2020

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. It 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