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Birthing from Within: An Extra-Ordinary Guide to Childbirth Preparation [Kindle Edition]

Pam England CNM MA , Rob Horowitz Ph.D.
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Here is a holistic approach to childbirth that examines this profound rite-of-passage not as a medical event but as an act of self-discovery. Exercises and activities such as journal writing, meditation, and painting will help mothers analyze their thoughts and face their fears during pregnancy. For use during birth, the book offers proven techniques for coping with labor pain without drugs, a discussion of the doctor or midwife’s role, and a look at the father’s responsibilities. Childbirth education should also include what to expect after the baby is born. Here are baby basics, such as how to bathe a newborn, how to get the little one to sleep, and tips for getting nursing off to a good start. Pregnancy, birth, and postpartum is a process of continuous learning and adjustment; Birthing From Within provides the necessary support and education to make each phase of birthing a rewarding experience.


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England, a registered nurse and certified nurse midwife, developed the "birthing from within" approach in a series of birthing classes to help mothers reclaim and celebrate the spiritual, emotional, and psychological aspects of birth as a rite of passage. Her book is a collection of methods that have been used for class participants. England is quick to point out that this "is not a script or a rigid method," and she encourages parents and professionals to use those portions that are helpful. There are numerous exercises and activities to help parents, especially mothers, be in contact with their bodies and feelings. The author recommends throughout that the mother and her healthcare professional work together, giving numerous suggestions for making this a successful partnership. England has done a fair amount of research and does include numerous references; at the same time, she makes it a very personal book. It will appeal especially to patrons interested in alternative birthing methods. For large consumer health/patient education collections. [For another title recommending a more spiritual approach to childbirth, see Ronald L. Cole's The Gentle Greeting, LJ 6/1/98.?Ed.]?Mary J. Jarvis, Methodist Hosp. Medical Lib., Lubbock, T.
-?Mary J. Jarvis, Methodist Hosp. Medical Lib., Lubbock, TX
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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“Deeply thought out and derived from experience.” —Mothering Magazine

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200 of 204 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE Book To Prepare For Labor And Delivery June 6, 2001
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is, by far, the best book for preparing a couple for labor and delivery. _Birthing From Within_ takes a completely new approach to childbirth preparation and focuses on what each individual woman and her partner need to do to prepare for THEIR own birth. Following the exercises in this book will help couples work through their "issues" and prepare for the best birth possible for them.
This book contains all the information a couple needs to have regarding labor and delivery, but it also teaches the couple to think for themselves and shows them the way to learn what is truly important for them as individuals. I am extremely grateful to have had this book in preparation for my second birth and wish I'd had it for my first.
The only drawback to this book is that parts of it get a little "new-agey" and may not appeal to a more "mainstream" person; but you can easily disregard anything that's too "out there" for you and still benefit *hugely* from having read the book and used the parts that worked for you.
The chapter on pain coping techniques is particularly phenomenal with some completely new approaches that are extremely good. I especially like the fact that the author is HONEST about the pain of labor [and doesn't imply that it is just "discomfort" and that any woman who has pain with labor is just not "doing it right". ugh!] Having acknowledged that labor IS painful, the author then goes on to give you some amazing ideas on ways to cope with that pain. I wish I could buy a copy of this book for every pregnant couple out there!
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187 of 193 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for some, not for all... February 15, 2005
Format:Paperback
Ok, let me preface this by saying that as a labor doula, for the most part, I love this book! However, if you fall into any of the following categories, you will hate this book, or at the very least, be offended or not like many parts of it. If you are a Born again Christian or do not believe in Evolution, or do not like to do art projects to get "in touch" with your feelings, or can not imagine yourself birthing with every other woman at the same time in a sort of sisterhood, are easily offended by hippies or earthy/new agey types...than this is not the book for you. If however any of those things are things that you love or agree with, you'll love this book! I must say, that to my clients who are in the above categories, I tell them that they can borrow it from me, save their money, and just skip to chapter 16 and read from there. The pain relief and focusing techniques are quite helpful and empowering and the portions for fathers are very relevant. Being able to trust the birth process and how natural birth is is emphasized heavily and quite correctly in this book. I love that part of this book! So empowering!

Some of the newborn information is dated and is not correct, but then I have yet to meet a mom to be who doesn't read MANY different books on birth and childcare so most likely you'll find what you are looking for from another source. It is a great book, and I'm glad I have it, I just don't think it is THE book. This book combined with Bradley is so much better of a well rounded birthing experience. Just as I would not suggest only reading bradley, I would not suggest ONLY reading this book.
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113 of 116 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A different perspective on childbirth August 22, 1999
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Format:Paperback
I bought this book as I am hoping to have a natural, drug-free birth. So many of the books I read about natural childbirth really seem to "bash" the medical establishment, and end up creating negative or defensive attitudes, or scaring couples into thinking they are going to have to fight the medical staff for everything they want.
This book takes a gentler approach. The authors DO make the point that the medical community has made childbirth more of a convenience for the doctor than the mother, but the book encourages couples, and suggests ways to make the birthing process their own in the midst of all this. It also teaches about the "soul" of pregnancy and birth, which many other books do not go into, by having the parents express their expectations through drawings, journal writing and other creative methods. This book reminds the reader that birth is not just about the baby, it's about the family.
I recommend this book to any expectant mother, no matter what type of birth she intends to have. "Birthing from Within" helps you get in touch with yourself and your expectations, fears, and hopes to allow you to make the birth of your child a very personal and soulful experience.
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162 of 170 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Empowering January 22, 2005
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This book is certainly biased towards natural birthing, but it is also empowering in the general sense of allowing women to listen to their own gut/voice/inkling/whatever comes from inside. So, if you are considering natural birth (or just want to know more in case), read on.

This book is like a guide, but most of it seems totally foreign (even after reading) if you are in your first pregnancy. How can you REALLY know what its going to feel like to give birth, and try to "read up" on it? You don't. No matter how many books you read, you simply don't know until you go through it.

Having said that, you (and your partner) can learn tools, tactics, and ideas on how to achieve a natural birth by reading this book. One misconception that I had was that I would `remember' all of my feelings, but when you are knee-deep in labor there isn't much time to remember. Your partner, however, can help guide you, and if he or she reads this book too, they will have ideas. When I walked into the hospital I clenched up; I was afraid, and the fear overwhelmed me. It IS painful to give birth, and it IS hard to maintain your own sense of dignity/integrity in a mainstream hospital. In the United States many hospitals follow formula birth = IV, monitor, epidural, controlled pushing, baby. Mention you don't want the IV, and suddenly you are in conflict with the person who is there to take care of you - the nurse. (My husband brought StarBucks Gift cards and they certainly sweetened up our nurses).

Ultimately what I took from this book is not how I could have a natural childbirth, how I could control what happens in a hospital birth, how I could cope with pain, but rather it was how I could embrace the experience, whatever it may be.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good read to prepare for childbirth
I bought this book as a requirement to a birthing from within childbirth class I was going to take. I ended up taking the Bradley method classes instead--highly recommend. Read more
Published 8 days ago by jamie bubblegum
5.0 out of 5 stars Very practical information, mixed with ecclectic touchy-feely stuff
Honestly, this book is a little too hippy for me, but I think amidst the creative/artsy stuff there is a lot of very useful, down-to-earth information to arm new parents with what... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A great guide to help narrow down what I wanted
I've only heard horrifying stories from my mother about her medicated birth of me and my sibling. I was so scared of being pregnant for this epiphany of pain I'll have to endure. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Grant
2.0 out of 5 stars let mother nature guide you along with a nice steady stream of...
one labor kicks in anything a book told you goes right out the window. Soooo, let mother nature guide you along with a nice steady stream of epidural
Published 1 month ago by Cindia
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite birthing book
This is my favorite birthing book I have come across. It does a great job of offering birthing information that is not too-dumbed down. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Chelsey Ball
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended
Great book!
Published 1 month ago by S. Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be required reading for every mom to be and ...
Should be required reading for every mom to be and every OB or labor and delivery nurse, midwife and doula. Inspiring!
Published 2 months ago by Amy Black
3.0 out of 5 stars I know people love this book
I know people love this book. And it's great if you're planning to go med free. I didn't find it too helpful preparing for a high risk delivery when I know there will be medical... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kay Marie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I am absolutely loving this book. Helping me gain some confidence that I need about child birthing.
Published 2 months ago by Aubrey
3.0 out of 5 stars Arrived in good shape, some good material here
Book arrived in timely manner in great shape. The content is slightly off kilter and not what I expected, more flowery/earthy if you ask me. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Anna Macanga
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