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Better Birth: The Ultimate Guide to Childbirth from Home Births to Hospitals Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-0470255612 ISBN-10: 0470255617 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (April 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470255617
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470255612
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #902,194 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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* You have a lot more choices and control over your birth experience than you may know. Better Birth - The Ultimate Guide to Childbirth from Home Births to Hospitals, by Denise Spatafora is really the perfect guide for any woman who wants to be empowered by this important event. Whether you plan on giving birth at home or in the hospital, your birth can, and should, be exactly what you envision it to be. Denise strives to take the fear out of the progression of labor and delivery by providing real knowledge, support and advice on all levels. You will learn natural relaxation methods and the all important mind-body connection when preparing for birth. From water birth to C-sections, you’re sure to feel much more informed after reading through this motivating book. I especially enjoyed the section on “Prenatal Yoga” complete with photos of the poses…with actual pregnant women. And, I also found the section on “Addressing Your Birth Plan” extremely helpful, as it lists key questions you should be considering before you have your baby. But, this only scratches the surface on what’s covered. I recommend that you visit Denise’s site, BetterBirthBook.com, to learn more and/or pick up a copy of her book. You won’t be sorry, you'll be empowered! (DivineCaroline.com, May 11, 2009)

About the Author

Denise Spatafora is the creator of BornClear, a nationally recognized birthing method featured on the Today show that is backed by celebrities and renowned doctors. She is a contributor to many publications and sites, and has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Vogue, Elle, Women's Wear Daily, the New York Observer, New York magazine, and Allure. Visit her Web site at www.betterbirthbook.com.

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Great book for pregnant mommies and daddies. a definite recommend.
Bowman Crew
Denise book gives practical information on how to prepare mentally, physically, and spiritually for the birth of your new child.
Nicole Heidbreder
They were tantamount to the beautiful and intense experience that was the birth of our son.
Lisabeth Danneels

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nicole Heidbreder on April 29, 2009
Format: Paperback
Often times when I am working as a doula with couples I try to impress upon them that giving birth is 90% an emotional/spiritual experience. A woman is not only giving birth to a new human being, but to herself as a mother, and what's more, she is giving birth to a new family. Not only this, but birth is one of the most primal experiences a human being can go through and in that it calls upon the deepest parts of your being to be faced, dealt with, challenged, and ultimately called upon. Finally, with the publication of Denise's book, BetterBirth, I have a resource I can hand to my clients to help them get at this core. Denise's book, which is the exceptionally beautiful culmination of a life's work of supporting, coaching, and challenging people to be the best they can be combined with her expertise in childbirth, is a treasure trove of useful tools and information to help parents prepare for this most auspicious rite of passage in life. Denise book gives practical information on how to prepare mentally, physically, and spiritually for the birth of your new child. Everything from her toolbox with helpful tips on preparing one's body for the birthing process, to her very thoughtful and thorough tips on how to plan for the immediate postpartum period, this book is chock-full of useful information. This book is amazing and I can't think of anything better for a couple to read - in fact, I hope that each and every couple gets this book in their hands as soon as they realize they are pregnant. This book will prepare women for birth in a way not found in other birth preparation books. What a gift Denise has given women and couples! - Nicole Heidbreder. Director of International Development for DONA International.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Teacher Mommy on April 4, 2009
Format: Paperback
I read this book after I had already given birth three times and I wish that I had had this book to refer to. Denise Spatafora really provides a tremendous amount of information about all the decisions around conceiving and giving birth. Each of my births was so different from the one before and I had little idea of what I could do to understand the process. Now I know. After reading Better Birth, you will feel empowered and prepared for the birth of your child. The book addresses women as intelligent, intuitive, and emotional people capable of making the best decision for themselves. I really appreciated the birth stories that pepper throughout the book. It provides the reader a way to personalize the information that a woman and her partner need about everything from conceiving, connecting with their unborn child, preparing for birth, giving birth the way that feels "right" for you , to postpartum. I think this book has some definite advantages over the other birthing books. It addresses factors that they ignore or hardly address including the affect of your emotions, thoughts, actions on your baby conceived or not!

The other thing that is great about this book is that it breaks things down into manageable parts and gives specific techniques that I wish I had had when I was pregnant. It talks about all the issues surrounding birth without instilling fear or dread. It describes all the processes around birthing allowing the reader to make informed decisions and to trust her own body. One of the best things in the book is the BornClear Toolbox which has a series of exercises on visualizations, meditations, affirmations, writing, breathing techniques, and art to help you alleviate your fear, connect with your baby and get ready for childbirth. This is THE book to get if you are pregnant or trying to conceive.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ambomac on March 23, 2011
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book a few months after I had decided to have a natural birth. It was a wonderful companion piece to the hypnobirthing class I was also taking.
Although the class was very informative, it was Denise's book that gave me the tools I needed to have a successful natural delivery. I credit this book with helping me understand childbirth on new level and giving me the courage to embrace the "beautiful pain" that comes with child birth. I was able to move past my fear and actually be excited for birth. As Denise says in the book, it's not only your child's birth, but the birth of you becoming a mother. I owe a lot to Denise and her book, my labor only lasted 13 hours, it was unmedicated, and a beautiful life changing experience. I would recommend anyone interested in a natural birth to get this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bowman Crew on February 13, 2011
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good book. full of necessary info and makes the pregnant reader feel comfortable about all those little "pains" that scare us. Leaves the reader with a sense of security in her pregnancy and lots of information on the expectant 9 months and newborn baby care. Great book for pregnant mommies and daddies. a definite recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Leila Jerusalem on June 30, 2009
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Denise's approach to childbirth changed my life as I prepared to bring our first son into the world. Better Birth carefully and thoughtfully outlines your options throughout the pregnancy and birthing process, in many cases giving you the pro and con of whatever choice you might make.

For us, the BornClear Toolbox was a lifesaver. It helped me understand that I can shape my birthing experience and allow my mind to lead my body in ways that were productive and healing. I attribute a HUGE part of my short (under 8 hrs!), unmedicated and amazing delivery to Denise. Denise lead us (my husband and I) to know ourselves better, including the possibilities and the limitations we put on our lives. In addition, her ability to tap into the major roadblocks to a positive birthing experience lead to other miracles, ones that positively affected the birth of our son.

If you are willing to take her words to heart you have an incredible opportunity to know yourself and your body better and perhaps even heal parts of yourself. Most important you can give your child the gentle birth he or she deserves. It is more than a book on having a better birth, it is a book on creating a better life.
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