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Better Birthing with Hypnosis : Mindful Pregnancy and Easy Labor Using the LeClaire Method Paperback – November 26, 2001


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies; 1 edition (November 26, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0658015338
  • ISBN-13: 978-0658015335
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #952,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Simple strategies to reduce the pain, rekindle the joy, and recognize the power of giving birth!

"The Leclaire Method . . . provides women with exactly what they need to know to reclaim their inborn ability to birth normally, joyfully, and easily."
--Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom

"Wonderful . . . the guide every expectant woman and her partner needs to experience the miracle of life."
--Susan Love, M.D., author of Dr. Susan Love's Hormone Book

Better Birthing with Hypnosis presents the highly successful Leclaire Method--a Lamaze program for the twenty-first century that incorporates hypnosis to help you experience labor and childbirth calmly, joyously, and painlessly! Developed by Michelle Leclaire, a medical professional and mother, this holistic method draws on both modern science and ancient wisdom to present pregnancy as the glorious, instinctive event it should be.

Leclaire's systematic approach gives you back control over your mind and body during childbirth when you may feel it slipping away. Through techniques including self-hypnosis, meditation, massage, and visualization, you learn to ease childbirth jitters, improve bonding between you and your baby, and facilitate your baby's peaceful, painless entry into the world. In addition, the Leclaire Method can prevent unhealthy birth weight, ease the transition to breastfeeding, and create the healthiest possible environment for a new life!


More About the Author

Michelle Leclaire O'Neill, Ph.D., R.N., is a psychologist as well as a pregnancy and birthing expert. She has worked in psychoneuroimmunology for the past twenty-one years. For over 30 years she has worked in New York and Los Angeles helping patients to heal, helping create the program and worked on staff of first PTSD ward for Vietnam Veterans.

Dr. Leclaire O'Neill coined the word hypnobirthing. She is the author of Creative Childbirth; Hypnofertility; Better Birthing with Hypnosis; Meditations for Pregnancy; and The Hypnobirthing Bundle for Happy Hypnomoms and Blissful Hypnobabies.

Originator of the Hypnobirthing Leclaire Method she works from her Mind Body Center in Pacific Palisades, CA and is the mother of three.

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By "littlecupcake" on January 20, 2002
Format: Paperback
I read Creative Childbirth (by the same author)with my second child and was able to have a totally natural childbirth with the methods explained in that book. I am now expecting my third child and read Better Birthing with Hypnosis and feel it contained more in depth decriptions on how to relax and gave more information about what to do and when to do it. I feel comfortable that I will be able to have another natural, less painfull birth this time, as I did with my second child.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Shannon CC Nedelka on December 17, 2006
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This book was a bit content poor when it comes to actual self-hypnosis techniques. Honestly, just check it out from the library and photocopy the 10 pages of useful guided imagery scripts and return it. I have practiced meditation and "mindfulness" in the past but I found the book to be a bit much on the touchy-feely, new-agey scale. If you're prone to pregnancy paranoia this book will definitely bring it on as it stresses that EVERYTHING you DO, THINK and FEEL has an impact on the unborn (or, as the book calls it, the "uborn") fetus. After reading this last bit it made me feel like the book thought that if I had a particularly stressful day at work I was being a bad parent. It is also chock full of "Case Studies" showing how your unexamined feelings are all ready screwing up your child. Whatever. One thing that was nice about the book was that it didn't waste a lot of time discussing how you should put your foot down about how you don't want all these interventions that nobody does anymore anyway (i.e. enemas, pubic shaves, routine IVs) unless you have a 60 year old male gyno in a rural hospital. So, bottom line, read the meditation portions, skip the rest.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 28, 2002
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This book is a bit too "new-agey" for my taste. I think the ideas presented are good, and I do intend to use hypnosis with the birth of my next child, but this book just didn't appeal to me as much as I thought it might.
It also seemed to present some mixed information on breastfeeding, which is a particular pet peeve of mine. Some of the information given was very good, and other information was not exactly in line with current medical recommendations.
All in all, it's certainly not a bad book, and if your tastes run more to the new-age in other areas, you will probably particularly enjoy this book. If not, you may prefer a different method for learning hypnosis for childbirth.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 17, 2002
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This book offered me practical tips to get through what I expected to be a difficult birth. I only read it several weeks before I had my baby, but it worked. I loved the 'anchor' point and my husband did many of the exercises with me, too. I highly recommend this to all pregnant mothers. Best of all, it only took a few minutes a day to use all the advice!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Queneesha M. Meyers on May 29, 2003
Format: Paperback
I purchased this when I was pregnant with my 3rd child. I had used the breathing techniques in hypnobirthing with my second. I loved the advice she gave while in labor in order to not focus on the pain. I have a high pain tolerance so that did not bother me. However, my husband and I did you the ankle technique. I got admitted to the hospital at 9:45 am and at 10:54 am I delivered my daughter. Thanks for the great advice.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mama2one on March 11, 2004
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I read this book when I was pregnant with my daughter. It was incredible! I believe that this book was the only reason why I managed to get through my 34 hour drug-free (until the epidural for the c-section) back labor with ease! Unfortunately, I didn't get the labor & delivery experience I was hoping for and ended up with a c-section. This book also helped me deal with the pain from the surgery and 3 days after my daughter was born I was able to quit taking my pain medication. This is one of the few books I am keeping on my bookshelf in case I need it again.
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