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Product Details

  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: White Heart Publishing (October 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974785326
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974785325
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #628,509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...I highly recommend it." -- Gurmukh, Director, Golden Bridge Yoga and Author

"...these inspiring stories of natural childbirth show that childbirth can and should be safe, empowering and beautiful." -- Penny Simkin, founder of DONA and co-author of When Survivors Give Birth: Understanding and Healing the Effects of Early Sexual Abuse on Childbearing Women

"women and girls need to hear these stories and know that natural birth is full of magnificent, life-changing wisdom." -- Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause

About the Author

Sheri L. Menelli was a certified HypnoBirthing educator and doula. She produced and cohosted the San Diego radio show, "The Real Side of Birth". She lives in San Diego County, California.

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My hope for this fantastic book is that every pregnant woman read it.
Dawn Thompson
Sheri Menelli has compiled a wonderful collection of natural birth stories in her book Journey Into Motherhood: Inspirational Stories of Natural Birth.
Egret
After two natural births of my own, reading this book made me want to go out and do it all over again!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dawn Thompson on November 16, 2004
Format: Paperback
Not just as women, but an entire society, we need to stop scaring the day lights out of women who are venturing into this beautiful journey of motherhood. My hope for this fantastic book is that every pregnant woman read it. That we stop convincing them to read "What to expect when...." This is the kind of book that will prepare woman for a fantastic birth whether they choose medication or not. As a labor doula, it is now on my list of required reading for all of my clients. Please join me in encouraging all pregnant families to have this book on their night table.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mothering Natured on December 9, 2004
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This book is wonderful. Genuine birth experiences which inspire, encourage and uplift. These stories show the many ways we might attain the birth experience each of us seeks, they illustrate the differences each of us needs, and they make clear the fact that our bodies CAN birth without intervention. The natural, rather than standard, birth experience is celebrated time and again within this book. These stories are not the same tale, repeated over and again, in different voices. There is a rich array of experience here and each affected me in it`s own way. Many of the tales left me in tears, rejoicing with Mothers and Fathers I'd never meet. Each also shares personal wisdom gained and resources beneficial in their journey, offering all of us the opportunity to find what we need as we expand our knowledge and reach deeper within, seeking our own empowered birth and the legacy created with each.

For Mothers and Fathers, birth attendees, first timers or the multi-experienced, this book offers so much for every one of us!

What a beautiful way to convey the strength of a birthing woman and how natural and healthy the entire process is.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Laura on November 18, 2004
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Great book. While your mother, mother in-law, doctor and etc. can tell you what to "expect" of child birth, it was nice to read about women who openly and honestly tell you their experiences. These women share with you their thoughts, research, reasonings, and various alternatives (yoga, doula's, etc.). It is a wonderful insight of child birth compared to your mother's explaination of "joyous" pain.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Druxman on November 22, 2004
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I could not put this book down! I tried to "save" a story to read each night during my pregnancy but always read more! EVERY pregnant woman should read this. It will remove all fear of childbirth and will actually get you excited about this amazing rite of passage in to womanhood. There are so many ways for babies to come in to this world. I know after reading this book that my baby will enter in a calm and ready environment! If you're pregnant, don't even think of not reading it! I've read it all and this is my favorite!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Aimee on April 29, 2005
Format: Paperback
I actually got this book as a gift. I am just now expecting my first. I was already dedicated to the ideal of natural -- non-medical, non-intervention, non-medicated -- birth. So maybe this book was "preaching to the choir" BUT it is so positive and so encouraging.

There are birth stories in the book are not what I want, or will attempt (unassisted home birth and so on). BUT each story shoes a mom doing whatever she has to do in order to do what is best for her baby and her birth. It doesn't matter if you deliver in a hospital or at home alone -- what matters is that YOU make an educated choice based on what you believe and what is best for your situation.

And this is what this book shows us - you can choose, and that you can make anything ok. It opens our eyes to the fact that there is more than one way to birth.

More importantly it shows us positive birth. I am pregnant and everyone has a horror story; a trauma. It is refreshing and reassuring to read positive stories. Yes there are challenges, no nothing goes according to plan - but it is a miracle of birth and a joy to experience. I consider the opportunity to birth this child a blessing and the child a gift - who what's a ugly Christmas morning they'd sooner forget? Make your birth worth remembering.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kelly A. Hadsell on January 18, 2005
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I can't recommend this book highly enough! It is truly amazing and reminds all women that we have power over our bodies and that birth is a natural and wonderful process. This book is filled with amazing, joyful birth experiences, not the usual birth "horror" stories. I am about two months away from delivering my first child and after reading this book, I feel truly empowered to make choices regarding the birth process and I know that I have nothing to fear.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Isabelle Scinto on January 14, 2005
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Reading a book like this while you are pregnant is definately a must!! All those positive and beautiful stories really make a woman confident. Those stories have great tips too, filled with wisdom and love.

Thanks Sherri for caring so much about our babies!!! and us mommies too!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Birth with Joy on December 27, 2004
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As a childbirth educator and mother of two natural-born sons, I can't recommend this book enough. No matter what type of birth you think you may have, or may want to have, please do yourself a favor and read these stories. Your baby, your body and your spirit will thank you.
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