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|Alma mater||University of Rochester|
|Notable works||Immaculate deception (1977)|
|Notable awards||Lamaze International Lifetime Achievement Award|
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)
- Raymond De Vries; Cecilia Benoit; Edwin van Teijlingen; Sirpa Wrede (3 May 2002). Birth By Design: Pregnancy, Maternity Care and Midwifery in North America and Europe. Routledge. pp. 138–. ISBN 978-1-134-00157-6.
- "Daily Independent Journal from San Rafael, California · Page 17". www.newspapers.com. Daily Independent Journal. Retrieved 5 March 2015.
- Miller, Fran. "Arms advocates home birth". The Stanford Daily. Retrieved 5 March 2015.
- Jennifer Block (2007). Pushed: The Painful Truth about Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care. Da Capo Press, Incorporated. ISBN 9780738211824.
- Robbie E. Davis-Floyd (14 February 2004). Birth as an American Rite of Passage: Second Edition, With a New Preface. University of California Press. ISBN 978-0-520-92721-6.
- Autumn Stanley (1995). Mothers and Daughters of Invention: Notes for a Revised History of Technology. Rutgers University Press. pp. 194–. ISBN 978-0-8135-2197-8.
- Arms, Suzanna. "Suzanne Arms' giving birth". http://trove.nla.gov.au/. Trove. Retrieved 18 December 2014. External link in