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

by Pam England, Rob Horowitz
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (256 customer reviews)

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Book Description

July 1, 1998 0965987302 978-0965987301 1st
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

Product Details

  • Paperback: 331 pages
  • Publisher: Partera Press; 1st edition (July 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965987302
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965987301
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 3.9 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (256 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,090 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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193 of 197 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE Book To Prepare For Labor And Delivery June 6, 2001
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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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166 of 172 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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111 of 114 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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159 of 166 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I've had two all natural births now and I read this book both times i was pregnant. The pain coping techniques are really helpful and the whole book does a really good job... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Jackleen Thornton
5.0 out of 5 stars Art and Birth go hand and hand
I am newly pregnant with my first child, and I have to say this book was so fun to read. What a pregnant woman really wants to hear are other birth stories, which this book has... Read more
Published 28 days ago by Shy
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
The whole first half drove me crazy.
The second half was a bit better. I prefer stuff by Ina May.
Published 1 month ago by Laura
2.0 out of 5 stars Not What I Expected Despite Reviews
After pouring over glowing reviews, I decided this book was a must-read to prepare for my natural VBAC. To each his own, but I was sorely disappointed. Read more
Published 1 month ago by DCG0417
5.0 out of 5 stars Birth as a spiritual rite of passage
This book is different from other birthing books in that it focuses on the spiritual aspects of child birth. It approaches the birthing process as a rite of passage. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lindsay
4.0 out of 5 stars Slightly skewed but very helpful
Many practices such as routine episiotomy are no longer as common, at least not at my hospital, but although I Don't think I need to be as wary of my obstetrician as the authors... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Alisha B
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource!
Great book. Helps you visualize your birthing experience and prepare mentally and physically for labor and motherhood. Artists will enjoy this approach.
Published 2 months ago by kay
5.0 out of 5 stars A Mother Has Given Birth
This book addresses the psychology of birth (the truth that perceptions of birth affect birth itself), rather than only the physical aspects. Read more
Published 2 months ago by S. Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great positive approach to pregnancy
After reading several other natural childbirth preparation books, this one was a welcome departure for its positive approach. Read more
Published 2 months ago by A. Brendle
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME book!
I read this entire book before giving birth to my daughter and am SO glad I did. It really helped me during labor and though painful, went so well in helping me stay inside myself. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Angelique Griffth
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