Person:Eva Reich (5)

Dr. Eva Renate Reich
b.27 Apr 1924 Vienna, Wien, Austria
m. Mar 1922
  1. Dr. Eva Renate Reich1924 - 2008
  • H.  Jerome Siskind (add)
  • WDr. Eva Renate Reich1924 - 2008
m. Abt 1946
  • HWilliam Moise1922 - 1980
  • WDr. Eva Renate Reich1924 - 2008
m. Abt 1951
Facts and Events
Name[1][3] Dr. Eva Renate Reich
Gender Female
Birth[1][3][4][5] 27 Apr 1924 Vienna, Wien, Austria
Immigration[3] 1938 New York City, New York, United States
Marriage Abt 1946 to Jerome Siskind (add)
Divorce Abt 1949 from Jerome Siskind (add)
Graduation[6] Abt 1950 Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United StatesWP:Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania
Occupation[1][3][5][6] Bet 1950 and 1992 Maine, United StatesPediatrician
Marriage Abt 1951 Rangeley, Franklin, Maine, United Statesto William Moise
Residence 1952 Hancock, Hancock, Maine, United Stateswith William Moise
Divorce 1974 from William Moise
Death[1][2][3][4][5][6] 10 Aug 2008 Hancock, Hancock, Maine, United States
Funeral[3][6] 18 Aug 2008 Hancock, Hancock, Maine, United StatesMonteux School Forest Studio

Biographical Summary

source: Wikipedia
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Eva Reich, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia
    Retrieved 17 April 2015.

    Extract: "Eva Renate Reich (27 April 1924 in Vienna; 11 August 2008 in Hancock, Maine, United States) was an Austrian-American physician, particularly in the field of "gentle birth" and the treatment of so-called cry babies findings of her father Wilhelm Reich successfully implemented in practice."

  2. "Memories of Eva Reich", in Judtth O. Weaver, PhD.

    Eva Renate Reich, eldest daughter of Wilhelm Reich and Annie Pink, passed away early the morning of August 10th, 2008. A dear friend and mentor, at one point, Eva asked me to be her biographer. We would sit in her warm farmhouse in the evenings and she would tell me stories of her life. I’d like to share some of them with you. Born in Vienna, Austria, Eva said she was always a lonely child. Both her mother and father were always busy. They traveled a lot and when they were home they worked.

    Full text of lengthy article and photos are at

  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Eva Renate Reich, M.D., in Bangor Daily News Maine
    25 Sep 2008.

    HANCOCK – Eva Renate Reich, M.D., an internationally known lecturer and resident of Hancock for more than 50 years, died Sunday, Aug. 10, 2008, in her daughter’s arms at her home on Hancock Point Road. She was 84 years old and had been in failing health for some time after a spinal stroke in 2001. Dr. Reich was born April 27, 1924, in Vienna, Austria, the daughter of two luminaries in the world of Freudian Psychoanalysis, Wilhelm Reich, who died 1957 and Annie (Pink) Reich, who died 1970. She and her younger sister, Lore, immigrated with their mother to the U.S. in 1938 and lived in New York City. Eva attended Barnard College and Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania, earning her degree in medicine, completing her residency in medicine in 1951, to become a general practitioner, akin to family practice. She met William “Bill” Moise, the artist, who died in 1980, while both working at her father’s laboratory in Rangeley. There they studied orgonomy, a science of energy and body therapy, and participated in many of Wilhelm Reich’s experiments. In 1952 Eva and Bill moved to Hancock, where she opened a small medical practice out of her home while Bill taught art in the schools. At the age of 28, and the first female doctor in the area, Eva soon became loved and respected as a country doctor. During the 1950s, Eva and Bill were deeply involved in her father’s work. After Wilhelm Reich’s death, while he was imprisoned for his scientific ideas in 1957, Eva plunged herself even more deeply into her rural private medical practice. She applied many of the principles she had learned from her father with good results. Ahead of their time, she and Bill lived simply and operated a small organic farm, where they were forerunners in the organic food movement. Eva preached the benefits of natural food, gentle birth and mother-child bonding long before these ideas entered the mainstream. In 1960 Eva gave birth at home to a daughter, Renata Moise. She closed her medical practice in 1962, after suffering herself the loss of several pregnancies. She ran a Montessori school in her home for Renata and neighboring children from 1963 to 1966. In 1970 she established mobile birth control clinics for all ages, which served Central and Eastern Maine. Eva’s principle was to make her efforts available at low cost or free. After her divorce from Moise in 1974, Eva traveled around the world, lecturing on and demonstrating her father’s work, as well as her own. She eventually traveled to 30 countries and rounded the world eight times, giving lectures on orgonomy, gentle birth, breast-feeding, sexuality, organic foods, baby massage, as well as running therapeutic workshops. Throughout her life Eva championed peace, stating that peace on earth begins in the uterus. Eva developed a gentle orgonomic treatment for upset infants and colicky babies. She coined the term “Butterfly Baby Massage,” since the touch used was as gentle as the touch used to pick up a butterfly. This method is currently in use, especially in Austria and Germany. In Berlin there are special “ambulances” which rush to houses where babies are crying inconsolably, using Eva Reich’s methods to calm the babies. She also found that this level of touch worked with adults and children, melting away the body tension rather than breaking it down. Summers she returned to the farm in Hancock to be one with the land. Although not affiliated with a church, Eva felt led by God. In the U.S. and Europe students carry on her ideas, and she is regarded as the founder of gentle bioenergetics. Video documentaries have been made about her life and work. After her retirement in 1992, due to a small stroke, she lived year round on the farm, able to garden, ski, canoe, hike and teach those who sought her. Even in her disability, she brought deep lessons to all who cared for her and she was profoundly grateful for the care she received from her helpers. A few months before her death, she remark-ed that, “All old people need is to be loved.” Dr. Reich is survived by her daughter, Renata Moise and son-in-law, Antonio Blasi, both of Hancock; her grandson, William Christopher Ross of Trenton; her sister, Lore Rubin of Pittsburgh; her brother, Peter Reich and his wife, Susan, of Leverett, Mass.; her cousin, Sigrid Kirsners of Boston; as well as much loved nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held 4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 18, at Monteux School Forest Studio, Hancock. All are welcome back to Eva’s house after at 53 Point Road for food, music and talk, with a walk down Eva’s path to the shore. Donations in Eva’s name may be sent to the public health nonprofit Downeast, Health Services, 52 Christian Ridge Road, Ellsworth, ME 04605.

  4. 4.0 4.1 Eva Renate Reich, in Judyth O. Weaver, PhD. Writings

    Eva Renate Reich
    April 27, 1924 – August 10, 2008
    On New Years eve going into 2002, Eva Renate Reich, after a busy life of teaching and traveling, slipped and fell on ice and experienced a massive stroke to her spinal column in her neck. She was paralyzed in her hands and from the chest down and was not expected to live, but to everyone’s surprise she made wonderful progress into a reasonable recovery of walking a bit, using a wheel chair, and then eventually becoming bed ridden. After several years of wonderful, loving care from her daughter Renata, spent in the comfort, warmth, and dignity of her own home, Eva passed away early the morning of August 10th, 2008. Eva was the eldest daughter of Dr. Wilhelm Reich and one of his original students. She became deeply engaged in the field of orgonomy and worked with her father on a variety of experimental works. Following Wilhelm Reich’s death in 1957, Eva, as executrix of his estate, was instrumental in protecting her father’s wishes as expressed in his Last Will & Testament, and in providing the first stepping stones for the functioning of The Wilhelm Reich Infant Trust. Independently she “traveled around the world eight times,” with her work that she called “Gentle Bioenergetics,” spreading knowledge of the orgone accumulator as well as a special butterfly touch massage therapy for healing trauma in newborns. At home in rural Maine she had been a country doctor and also founded an independent birth control and women’s clinic. She is survived by her daughter Renata Moise, who is a nurse midwife, and Renata’s son Christopher. Eva Renate Reich was an extraordinary person and she is greatly missed and honored.

  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Biografia Eva Reich, in Centro Studi Eva Reich Milano, Retrieved 9 Feb 2017.

    Eva Renate Reich (Vienna, 27 aprile 1924 – Hancock, USA, 10 agosto 2008)

    Eva Renate Reich nasce a Vienna il 27 aprile 1927 da Annie Pink e Wilhelm Reich, famoso medico psicoanalista, allievo di Sigmund Freud, che ha sviluppato l’aspetto fisiologico della psicoanalisi, gettando le basi per tutte le psicoterapie a mediazione corporea. Eva Reich, medico pediatra, assisteva ai lavori di suo padre, in particolar modo seguiva la sua ricerca sui neonati e sulle loro madri. Sin dal 1950 Eva Reich ha lavorato in un reparto ospedaliero seguendo i neonati e le donne durante il parto e subito dopo, portando fin da subito grandi contributi al lavoro con i bimbi prematuri. In quell’epoca si usava praticare l’anestesia totale poco prima della fase espulsiva del parto. Questo riduceva la vitalità dei neonati nelle prime ore di vita. Eva Reich, partendo da questa osservazione, ha sviluppato un metodo di contatto bioenergetico dolce, verificando come, tramite questo contatto, i neonati potevano entrare subito in uno stato più vigile. Secondo Eva i neonati sentono e si emozionano come noi e il flusso equilibrato di energia in contatto con la madre sta alla base della loro salute presente e futura. Già trent’anni prima del boom della moderna ricerca neonatale Eva Reich ha sviluppato strumenti terapeutici per accompagnare ed aiutare i bambini traumatizzati nel periodo perinatale ed ha trattato ed insegnato temi di grande attualità, come i bisogni del contatto oculare, l’importanza di non separare madre e bambino al momento della nascita, l’importanza della prevenzione prima e dopo la nascita. Eva ha girato il mondo almeno otto volte, insegnando in più di 30 Paesi. Ci ha lasciato nel 2008 nella sua casa del Maine (USA), nel quale si è trasferita all’età di 14 anni. All’età di 5 anni Eva aveva una fantasia: essere un dottore in missione. E questo sogno si è realizzato. In tutti i posti possibili è stata un dottore in missione.

    English translation: Eva Renate Reich was born in Vienna April 27, 1927 by Annie Pink and Wilhelm Reich, famed psychoanalyst doctor, a student of Sigmund Freud, who developed the physiological aspect of psychoanalysis, setting the stage for all psychotherapies bodily mediation. Eva Reich, a pediatrician, was present in the work of his father, especially following his research on newborns and their mothers. Since 1950 Eva Reich worked in a hospital ward following the babies and women during childbirth and immediately after, leading immediately great contributions to work with premature babies. At that time she used to practice anesthesia shortly before the expulsion stage of childbirth. This reduced the viability of newborns in the first hours of life. Eva Reich, starting from this observation, has developed a sweet bioenergetic contact method, verifying how, through this contact, infants could enter immediately into a state more alert. According to Eva babies feel and get excited as us and the balanced flow of energy in contact with the mother is the basis of their present and future health. Already thirty years before the boom of modern neonatal Eva Reich Research she has developed therapeutic tools to accompany and help children traumatized in the perinatal period and has treated and taught important topics, such as the needs of eye contact, the importance of not separating mother and child at birth, the importance of prevention before and after birth. Eva has traveled the world at least eight times, teaching in more than 30 countries. She left us in 2008 at her home in Maine (USA), where she moved at age 14. At the age of five years Eva had a fantasy: to be a doctor on a mission. And that dream has come true. In all places she was a doctor on a mission.

  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 "Dr. Eva Reich, 84; lectured on father's controversial work", in Boston Globe
    13 Aug 2008.

    HANCOCK, Maine - Dr. Eva Reich, daughter of Dr. Wilhelm Reich and lecturer on the controversial work on orgonomy that he pioneered more than a half century ago, died Sunday at her home. She was 84. Eva Reich, a native of Vienna who moved to the United States in 1938, participated in many of her father's controversial experiments. Wilhelm Reich, a psychiatrist, died in prison in 1957 after his conviction for ignoring an injunction that outlawed devices he developed to accumulate energy associated with sexual orgasm. A graduate of the Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania, Eva Reich and her husband, artist William Moise, moved to Hancock in 1952, where she set up a rural practice. After her divorce in 1974, Dr. Reich traveled to 30 countries to lecture about her father's work and her own. Focusing on infant emotional health, she developed a treatment for upset and colicky babies that involved a gentle touch she called butterfly baby massage. Dr. Reich leaves a daughter, Renata Moise of Hancock. A memorial service will be held Monday at the Monteux School Forest Studio.