Kid’s Guide to Birth

A Look at Birth - coverA Look at Birth
Photos by Forrai, Text by Pursell

Submitter: This book came from a small public library. We discovered it while deep weeding our children’s collection. The book is intended to be used by parents to teach children how a child is born through photographs and simple text. While the text is simple, the photographs are rather traumatic and confusing. I’m not sure what age the book is intended for and young children would not understand the pictures. The pictures are black and white and out of focus. The picture of the father in the waiting room “dragging” on a cigarette did make me laugh with the accompanying text. I feel terrible for the woman in labor in the pictures and I’m grateful most women do not have to be rigged up to some kind of medieval torture device and forced to work against gravity to bring her baby into the world. A hospital birth has certainly changed since this time. Fathers are often in the delivery room and the birth experience is not quite like this anymore. The last circulation dates were from the year 2000 and 1988. Should have been weeded long ago. BTW, at least one of these pictures is not safe for work.

Holly: Books like this can be beautiful and helpful and useful. This just looks old and a bit scary.

A Look at Birth - conception

A Look at Birth - waiting room

A Look at Birth - labor

A Look at Birth - birth

A Look at Birth - new life


  1. It’s hard to believe it wasn’t that long ago that smoking in a hospital building of all places used to be perfectly acceptable. I’ve never smoked in my life, unless you count all the the times it was second-hand from almost every adult I knew when I was a kid.

  2. I imagine the statement that “a new life has begun” *once the baby comes out of the birth canal* could stir up controversy if the right parent came across it.

    1. I wouldn’t raise a big fuss with the library, but it’s not scientifically accurate to say that babies are only alive once they’re born.

  3. Those books made me think a man and woman got pregnant when he picked her up off the ground and kissed her.

  4. I hate to sound rude, but I believe that you have previously listed this book on your website, several years back.

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