Homeopathy for Pregnancy, Birth, and Your Baby’s First Year
by Miranda Castro

[1993, New York: St. Martin’s Griffin, 319 pages, paperback.]

[Review first published in Midwifery Today Issue 80, Winter 2006, © 2006, Midwifery Today, Inc. Review by Cheryl K. Smith.]

Despite the fact that this book is more than 10 years old, it is still as useful as it was when first published. The book would make a good first purchase for women who want to learn about homeopathy in general and in relation to pregnancy, birth and babies. The first section of the book describes the history, principles, myths and basic uses of homeopathy, as well as providing information on how to use the book. The next chapter goes over in detail many of the issues that women planning to get pregnant should consider. Each of the next three chapters covers different time periods—pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period—and is ordered alphabetically by complaints that may come up, in addition to common sense solutions and other pointers. Chapter 6 contains a material medica and repertories, the actual remedies. Finally, the book has a number of appendices, including what should be in a first aid kit, further reading and relevant organizations.

Reviewer Cheryl K. Smith bio