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Birthing Normally : A Personal Growth Approach to Childbirth Paperback – June 1, 1984

ISBN-13: 978-0962523168 ISBN-10: 096252316X Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 255 pages
  • Publisher: Shadow & Light; 2nd edition (June 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 096252316X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0962523168
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #907,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...This very special book explores and unites essential elements for birth...strength and softness, pain and pleasure, growth and change." -- Elizabeth Noble, author of Childbirth with Insight and Exercises for the Childbearing Year

"This is a terrific book. The approach is suitable for professional and families alike...I highly recommend Birthing Normally." -- Mimi Bronner, R.N., Professor of Nursing, University of Maryland

About the Author

Gayle Peterson, MSSW, LCSW, PhD is an international expert specializing in prenatal and family development. She is the founder of: www.makinghealthyfamilies.com, an online resource that has won acclaim from the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy for guidance about what contributes to healthy family relationships. Her articles on family relationships appear in professional journals and she is an oft-quoted expert in popular magazines such as Woman's Day, Mothering, Fit Pregnancy and Parenting. She is also the author of "An Easier Childbirth: A Guide to Birthing Normally"" and "Making Healthy Families: A Guide for Parents, Spouses and Stepparents". Dr Peterson trains professionals in her prenatal counseling model, available online at www.makinghealthyfamilies.com and has produced a CD for helping women prepare for giving birth, "Body-Centered Hypnosis for an Easier Pregnancy and Childbirth", and a Training DVD for professionals in her method, "Body-Centered Hypnosis for Childbirth: A Training DVD". She is a clinical member of The Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and a Diplomate with the National Association of Social Work. She also serves on the advisory board for Fit Pregnancy magazine. Gayle has written a monthly family column for the San Francisco Bay Area's Parents Press and is an expert on numerous parenting websites. She has also hosted a live Internet radio show, "Ask Dr. Gayle", answering questions on family relationships and parenting, as well as appearing on numerous radio and television interviews, including The Today Show and the Canadian Broadcast documentary "Baby's Best Chance". Dr. Peterson is also a former clinical director of the Holistic Health Program at John F. Kennedy University and has served as adjunct faculty at the California Institute for Integral Studies in San Francisco. Born in Biloxi, Mississippi, Gayle currently lives with her husband in the California Sierra Foothills and enjoys playing music, writing, attending yoga classes and being a grandparent. She and her husband are parents of two adult children and proud grandparents to three lively boys, and one sparkly granddaughter!

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Gayle Peterson, MSSW, LCSW, PhD is an international expert specializing in prenatal and family development. She is the founder of: www.makinghealthyfamilies.com, an online resource that has won acclaim from the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy for guidance about what contributes to healthy family relationships. Her articles on family relationships appear in professional journals and she is an oft-quoted expert in popular magazines such as Woman's Day, Mothering, Fit Pregnancy and Parenting. She is also the author of "An Easier Childbirth: A Guide to Birthing Normally"" and "Making Healthy Families: A Guide for Parents, Spouses and Stepparents".

Dr Peterson trains professionals in her prenatal counseling model, available online at www.makinghealthyfamilies.com and has produced a CD for helping women prepare for giving birth, "Body-Centered Hypnosis for an Easier Pregnancy and Childbirth", and a Training DVD for professionals in her method, "Body-Centered Hypnosis for Childbirth: A Training DVD".

She is a clinical member of The Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and a Diplomate with the National Association of Social Work. She also serves on the advisory board for Fit Pregnancy magazine.

Gayle has written a monthly family column for the San Francisco Bay Area's Parents Press and is an expert on numerous parenting websites. She has also hosted a live Internet radio show, "Ask Dr. Gayle", answering questions on family relationships and parenting, as well as appearing on numerous radio and television interviews, including The Today Show and the Canadian Broadcast documentary "Baby's Best Chance". Dr. Peterson is also a former clinical director of the Holistic Health Program at John F. Kennedy University and has served as adjunct faculty at the California Institute for Integral Studies in San Francisco.

Born in Biloxi, Mississippi, Gayle currently lives with her husband in the California Sierra Foothills and enjoys playing music, writing, attending yoga classes and being a grandparent. She and her husband are parents of two adult children and proud grandparents to three lively boys, and one sparkly granddaughter!

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lennon on April 14, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is a lovely book! The author is NOT a midwife or a doctor, but a child bith educator which is why the book deals mainly with the psychological aspects of pregnancy and birth. In my opinion it is very well written, and there is some relevant information for anyone who is in the birthing community!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By C. Walters on April 5, 2001
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I don't know what the "Reader from Maryland" read, but doubt that it was this book. The author, Gayle Peterson MSSW, PhD is a family therapist specializing in prenatal and family development, and an expert in the field of birth therapy. Therefore her "opinions" are indeed valid and a result of decades of experience with expectant women. This book is primarily intended for those working in the childbirth field: midwives, birth educators, nurses and physicians, who seek to provide a holistic method of care. Dr. Peterson demonstrates the value of hypnotic suggestions and guided birth visualizations to help women become aware of their innate power to birth normally, and to decrease the fear of birth that our society has been burdened with.
I read this book in it's first edition twenty years ago, and came back to it again recently; it is even better than I remembered. I encourage all birth professionals to learn and incorporate Dr. Peterson's teachings into their own practices, for the benefit of all families in our society.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Callie Foulk on December 21, 2008
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Effective communication and belief exploration are the central themes of Birthing Normally. If you're a midwife or childbirth educator looking for ways to better serve your clients, Gayle Peterson, with her expertise in the field of birth therapy, points the way. She reminds us that how information is communicated affects learning. She stresses the importance of presenting information congruently, for we do women a grave disservice by focusing on what can go wrong in labor before doing a thorough study of what goes right and why rightness should be expected!

Birthing Normally reminds us that confidence building should be the first order of business in effective childbirth preparation. Not until an educator has facilitated a thorough understanding of normal birth should she address deviations from the norm. Educators who fall into the trap of using statistics as the primary references for teaching take on the medical model's myopic view of birth and contribute to birthing women having a depersonalized view of themselves. "It is a distortion of communication to present medical statistics as fact" Peterson states. (page 152).

Birthing Normally explores how our emotions affect our physiology and how our beliefs create our reality. A woman who distrusts her body and who believes her body will fail is likely to manifest those beliefs with a problematic labor. Helping women explore what they truly believe prior to giving birth (especially those transparent beliefs which are so deeply ingrained as to be unexamined) is one of the most vital roles of the birth professional. It is also important to distinguish between healthy, normal fear and pathological fear. The author gives us a thorough understanding of the difference.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. M. Schoenborn on May 21, 2007
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Your thoughts, feelings, and past history / trauma will affect your birth. This book is a good exploration of that. I am an unassisted birther (caught 3 babies on my own, with no help)and I found this book helpful even though I had no real trauma to over come. This books aids in the teaching that birth is normal. You can let go, birthing safe and natural without problems.

~Shauna Schoenborn
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4 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 18, 2000
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This book was required reading for a Doula Certification course I am taking and I was horrified by some of the author's statements. I don't feel that the book was well written. Much of the text is the author's opinion and it is supported with few, if any relevant facts. If a reader is looking for an uplifting and engaging look at what can be accomplished by a woman who believes she can birth normally and naturally, read BIRTH REBORN by Michel Odent.
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