| Suzanne Arms
April 19, 1945 (age 70) (1945-04-19) |
Author, photo-journalist, social activist
BA (Hons.) in English and Literature
University of Rochester, New York
Health, Parenting, Psychological, Social
Public health, Childbirth, Adoption
Immaculate deception II
Suzanne Arms Wikipedia
Suzanne Arms is an American writer. She has published seven books on childbirth and child care. In 1975, her second book, Immaculate Deception, was a New York Times Best Book of the Year; more than 250,000 copies were sold.
Arms was born in Summit, New Jersey, and grew up on the East Coast of the United States. Her parents were teachers. She took a BA in literature from the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York. She moved to Marin County, California, where she worked as a teacher in nursery schools and in the Head Start Program.
Her first book, A Season to be Born, was published in 1973. It was a diary of the birth of her daughter, with photographs by the baby's father, John Arms.
A second book, Immaculate Deception: A New Look at Women and Childbirth in America, appeared in 1975. It became a best-seller, and was a New York Times Best Book of the Year; By 1979 it had sold more than 150,000 copies.
Arms has described the precautions against risk in obstetric wards in the West as "just-in-case obstetrics".
In 1978, with six other women, Arms started a birth center, The Birth Place, in Palo Alto, California; it was organized much as she had proposed in her 1975 book. It became a state-licensed facility in 1979.
Arms has made documentary films on pregnancy and birth: she shot, directed and produced Five Women, Five Births in the 1970s; Giving Birth (35') was made in 1998. She also directed and co-produced the film "Birth" with Christopher Carson, which is critical of the medical-pharmaceutical-hospital approach to birth, proposing a different approach.
Arms has been awarded the Lamaze International Lifetime Achievement Award for her contribution to the field of childbirth.Suzanne Arms, John Arms. A Season to Be Born. New York: Harper & Row 
Suzanne Arms. Immaculate Deception: A New Look at Women and Childbirth in America. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1975 (reprinted 1977, 1985)
To Love and Let Go (1983)
Adoption: A Handful of Hope (1985)
Seasons of Change: Growing Through Pregnancy & Birth (1993)
Immaculate Deception II: Myth, Magic and Birth (1994 & 1997)
Breastfeeding: How to Breastfeed Your Baby (2004)