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Meditations to Support A Healthy Pregnancy & Successful Childbirth (Health Journeys) Audio CD – Audiobook, January 1, 2000

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ISBN-13: 978-1881405450 ISBN-10: 1881405451 Edition: 1st

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This meditation was INVALUABLE to me during my pregnancy. I credit it with facilitating the healthy and successful childbirth of my first child. January 2012 --Ana Maria (reprinted from Health Journeys website)

I loved this! I also had a history of miscarriages, and this really helped relieve my anxiety and help me prepare for birth. I ended up with pre-eclampsia, and these cds helped me to stay calm during labor. I even managed to have a pain med-free birth despite being confined to my bed (notice I did not say pain-free!). Not the natural birth I had envisioned, but beautiful. And the nurses asked me what I was listening to I was so calm. October 2009 --Marie (reprinted from Health Journeys website)

I purchased this cd set for use in my childbirth classes I teach and I absolutely love them. I wish I had them for my deliveries. Everyone always asks where can they get them from. You, Belleruth are highly recommended by me. April 2008 --Amy (reprint from Health Journeys website)

I loved this! I also had a history of miscarriages, and this really helped relieve my anxiety and help me prepare for birth. I ended up with pre-eclampsia, and these cds helped me to stay calm during labor. I even managed to have a pain med-free birth despite being confined to my bed (notice I did not say pain-free!). Not the natural birth I had envisioned, but beautiful. And the nurses asked me what I was listening to I was so calm. October 2009 --Marie (reprinted from Health Journeys website)

I purchased this cd set for use in my childbirth classes I teach and I absolutely love them. I wish I had them for my deliveries. Everyone always asks where can they get them from. You, Belleruth are highly recommended by me. April 2008 --Amy (reprint from Health Journeys website)

I loved this! I also had a history of miscarriages, and this really helped relieve my anxiety and help me prepare for birth. I ended up with pre-eclampsia, and these cds helped me to stay calm during labor. I even managed to have a pain med-free birth despite being confined to my bed (notice I did not say pain-free!). Not the natural birth I had envisioned, but beautiful. And the nurses asked me what I was listening to I was so calm. October 2009 --Marie (reprinted from Health Journeys website)

I purchased this cd set for use in my childbirth classes I teach and I absolutely love them. I wish I had them for my deliveries. Everyone always asks where can they get them from. You, Belleruth are highly recommended by me. April 2008 --Amy (reprint from Health Journeys website)

About the Author

Belleruth Naparstek, LISW, BCD Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her first book, Staying Well with Guided Imagery (Warner) is a widely used primer on imagery and healing. Her second book, Your Sixth Sense (Harper Collins) has been translated into 9 languages and called one of the most thoughtful and sophisticated looks at imagery and intuition. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award and was released in paperback January of 2006. Highlighted in the 20th anniversary edition of their seminal book, Courage to Heal, Ellen Bass and Laura Davis call Invisible Heroes, the most useful book for trauma survivors to be published in the last decade . As Prevention Magazine noted, she has been quietly creating an underground revolution among mainstream health and mental health bureaucracies, by persuading major institutions such as the U.S. Veteran s Administration, the U.S. Dept of Defense, Kaiser Permanente, Blue Shield of California, United Health Care, Oxford Health Plan, scores of pharmas and nearly 2000 hospitals and recovery centers to distribute her guided imagery recordings, in many instances free of charge to recipients. Recently she has been developing military-friendly resources with the help of the U.S. Army and the Ft. Sill Resiliency Center, and DCoE (Defense Centers of Excellence) has declared guided imagery one of their Twelve Promising Practices. Her audio programs have been involved in over two dozen clinical trials, with nearly a dozen studies completed to date. Efficacy has been established for several psychological and medical challenges, most recently for military sexual trauma and combat stress at Duke University Medical Center/Durham Veterans Administration Hospital. Naparstek received both undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Chicago. She maintained her psychotherapy practice for over 30 years and for several years taught graduate students at The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University. Earlier in her career, she supervised psychiatry residents at Cambridge Hospital/Harvard Medical School and was Chief of Consultation & Education at the Woodburn Center for Community Mental Health in Fairfax County, VA. She also did a brief stint as a musical comedy actress at Second City and The Tip Top Tap of the Allerton Hotel in Chicago, and says that her musical comedy skills sometimes come in handy for teaching.
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Product Details

  • Series: Health Journeys
  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Health Journeys; 1 edition (January 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1881405451
  • ISBN-13: 978-1881405450
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #282,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Psychotherapist, author, speaker and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular, 59-title, Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her first book, Staying Well with Guided Imagery (Warner) is a widely used primer on imagery and healing. Her second book, Your Sixth Sense (Harper Collins), has been translated into 9 languages. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award. Highlighted in their 20th anniversary edition of their seminal book, Courage to Heal, Ellen Bass and Laura Davis call Invisible Heroes, "the most useful book for trauma survivors to be published in the last decade".

As Prevention Magazine recently noted, Belleruth has been quietly creating an underground revolution among mainstream health and mental health bureaucracies, by persuading major institutions such as the U.S. Veteran's Administration, The American Red Cross, Aetna U.S. Healthcare, Kaiser Permanente, Blue Shield of California, United Health Care, Oxford Health Plan, GlaxoSmithKline, Ortho Biotech, Roche, Abbott, Amgen, and nearly 2000 hospitals, mental health centers, recovery clinics and vet centers to distribute her guided imagery recordings, in most instances free of charge to recipients.

In addition, her audio programs have been involved in over two-dozen clinical trials, with over a dozen studies completed to date. Efficacy has been established for several psychological and medical challenges, most recently for PTSD at Duke University Medical Center/Durham Veterans Administration Hospital.

Naparstek received both undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Chicago. She maintained her psychotherapy practice for over 30 years and for several years taught graduate students at The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University. Earlier in her career, she supervised psychiatry residents at Cambridge Hospital/Harvard Medical School and was Chief of Consultation & Education at the Woodburn Center for Community Mental Health in Fairfax County, VA. She also did a brief stint as a musical comedy actress at Second City and The Tip Top Tap of the Allerton Hotel in Chicago, and says that her musical comedy skills sometime come in handy for teaching.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Dr. B on September 27, 2005
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Belleruth's series is a wonderful set of tools that I highly recommend. I remember how much I appreciated it when my therapist gave me a set of these tapes because I was having so much trouble relaxing and learning to meditate. I used to spend my time worrying about how I wasen't relaxed enough! I found this particular series to be very accessible and pleasant. Belleruth's voice has a kind and maternal tone that lulls you easily into a meditative state. As a psychologist, I believe that relaxation and mediation can have strong impact on our health, but I am often turned off by whats out there for people to use. I like this series because the imagery is not too directive (for example, she dosen't direct the listener towards specific tasks like trying to smell the ocean or laying on a cloud etc.). The pregnancy imagery is so nice, and really helpful when youre feeling tired, stressed, and uncomfortable, which is a lot of the time when youre pregnant. I think this series is great for professional mental health therapists and would make a nice gift for preganant moms and partners.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Ang on November 15, 2005
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I cannot say enough positive things about Belleruth Naparstek's guided imagery and affirmations. In fact, I used her Help for Infertility when my husband and I were sent to a specialist and were told that we couldn't get pregnant on our own. Surprise! We did - without any help from our new doctor! I gave birth to a healthy, alert, baby girl -- no drugs, no epidural, and no episiotomy - just Belleruth Naparstek's soothing voice guiding me. My doctor even patted my shoulder afterward and said, "I have to tell you, I'm impressed...and I don't impress easily." Our little girl, whose name means Miracle, was 8lbs, 4ozs. at birth. I had the most unforgettable childbirth experience thanks to this wonderful set! Hospital staff were amazed, my mother and husband in awe! They were truly a Godsend!
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Mom of 2 on February 3, 2005
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I used the tapes with my first pregnancy and LOVED both the imagery and affirmations. I used the birthing affirmations during delivery and had a wonderful experience. I was thrilled to find that it was now available on CD... the imagery and the affirmations for the pregnancy CD are the same as the tape, but the birthing CD contains 45min of music instead of the affirmations! It still has the birthing guided imagery, but the affirmations are much more helpful during actual labor since they just play in the background and do not require your full concentration.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Speedymarie on July 10, 2009
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I bought this CD set and listened to it throughout the last half or so of my pregnancy. I had so much trouble sleeping and was still working- I was willing to try anything to get more rest. I listened to them every night. They did the trick every time!

I wanted a natural childbirth, but I ended up with pre-eclamsia. Although I had to be induced, I honestly think I owe thees CD's in large part for my avoidance of a c-section- they helped me stay as relaxed as possible under the scary circumstances.

I highly recommend them- I listened to them the whole time I was in labor and nurses were always commenting on how relaxed I would get.

Good luck ladies!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By puter on November 6, 2008
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I started to listen to this CD in the last month of my pregnancy. (every night) I alternated between this CD and Blissful Birth by Glenn Harrold. During labor I was just relaxing. Yes, that is correct...relaxing...my epidural was going strong and I was leveled at 5 cm. with no progress for 4 hours. I decided to pop in this CD. Within 5 minutes, my contractions were going wild, the nurse came flying in to check my charts. I asked her if I should stop listening, and she said, "No. Keep listening!" Within 15 minutes I progressed to 10 cm. and within 15 more minutes, my baby was born. I really think this CD caused my mind to kick start everything! It is AMAZING what the mind can do!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Y. Shaphir on January 21, 2007
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Not only did I enjoy this tape, It made my home birth go wonderfully! I listened to it daily for a large part of my pregnancy. Found that on days that I didn't listen I was more emotional and hormonal. As long as I took 30 min. to listen either morning or night, I was a very calm pregnant lady with a wonderfully positive home birth as a result. Her voice is lovely.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Tiffany Jordan Rodriguez on May 20, 2008
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I bought this CD too late to use the pregnancy CD effectively, so I just used the Labor and Delivery CD for the last three weeks of my pregnancy. It became my twice a day ritual that I truly looked forward to and even my husband loved falling asleep to it at night. Bellruth has a really relaxing voice and the messages of the CD are affirming and non judgmental. When it came time for my labor, I used this CD at home when my contractions started getting more serious. We brought this CD and a few other musical CDs to the hospital and initially I listened to the music, then when I started going into transition, all I wanted to hear in the background was Bellruth's CD. It must have played over and over at least 10 times. This was really important in helping me to relax my muscles and keep breathing during contractions, my nurses, midwives and doula were all very impressed. I had the delivery that I had really hoped for, all natural with lots of help and support. This CD was a big part of that. I can't recommend it strongly enough.
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