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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Cumberland House (May 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581826400
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581826401
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #756,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Painless Childbirth has the power to shatter misconceptions about pregnancy, labor and birth, and replace them with new, more accurate and empowering knowledge. Painless Childbirth is a how-to manual that guides women through this sacred process. The book delivers in a way that readers can't help but feel energized and excited to apply its timeless wisdom right now in the present moment." Joel Evans MD OB Gyn

[Excerpt from the review first published in Midwifery Today Issue 89, Spring 2009, © 2009, Midwifery Today, Inc. Review by Elise Hansen.]
  
 My favorite part was the chapter on love--the exhortations to love yourself and your partner (with practical exercises to help), to love how you look (with a discussion of nutrition and weight gain) and to use love as a healing tool (again, with simple walk-through aids). I felt that this chapter alone would go a long way in helping pregnant women work through their fears surrounding birth and new motherhood..

"Every woman expecting a baby should read this book. Additionally, maternity caregivers, be they doctors, midwives, nurses, who meet the woman as she faces this immense transformative event will gain more understanding of their power to help or hurt the woman in this vulnerable state of releasing her baby into the world. " Phyllis Klaus, MFT, CSW Perinatal therapist, researcher, co-founder of Doulas Of North America, and author of Your Amazing Newborn, BondingThe Doula Book, and When Survivors Give Birth

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I truly loved writing this book and reading all the wonderful stories mothers have bee sending me since its publication.  Just toady I received an amazing email from a woman who so touched my heart. She writes: 

"I am overwhelmed with gratitude for your book right now and I'm only in month 4. I'm not even done with this book yet and not quite halfway with my 3rd pregnancy. My best friend sent it and I've finally started reading it. I guess I wasn't that moved by the title because I don't really have any aspirations of a "painless childbirth" (yes, I am striving for a natural labor, which I have been fortunate to have experienced thus far). It is new-agey at points (but I'm not one to mind) and I am just blown away about 100 pages in. It is written by a doula and really reads more of like a psychotherapy book. It's very empowering. If you have any past birth trauma of your own birth or your earlier children, I would highly recommend it. It does alot with releasing fears and unconscious pacts you make with yourself. I love the section I just read about not exerting your will but your willingness and filling a tense situation with love instead of control. It's so good and touches on so much regular "life" stuff, I told my husband it was now on his required reading list for his own benefit"

Customer Reviews

Painless childbirth is your birth right!
Deirdre Morris
This beautifully written book prepares you emotionally, physically and spiritually to have your baby and the birth experience you want.
Theodora S. Harvey
I highly recommend this book to any pregnant woman, or any woman even considering pregnancy.
Michelle in Florida

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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Sheridan Ripley on June 19, 2008
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I enjoyed reading Painless Childbirth by Giuditta Tornetta, she is a birth doula and also uses hypnosis with her clients. It was a positive, uplifting book about pregnancy and birth. It is always wonderful to have a book showing that birth can be comfortable and enjoyable. I had a painless childbirth (with no medication) with my last baby, so I know it can be done. I wish more moms knew about hypnosis as an option for birth.

Reasons I liked this book:
It shows that birth can be comfortable and enjoyable. There are some good birth stories included, under many different circumstances, home birth, hospital births, induced births, etc. These stories demonstrate how mom's beliefs can create their reality.

The book helps moms see how they can be empowered by educating themselves and making choices that are best for them and their baby! Birth is not a one size fits all kind of situation. Learn what your choices are, trust your body and baby and you can be empowered.

The only thing that would make me hesitant to say every mom should read the book, is that it is fairly "new-agey". Personally, I am pretty open minded, so this didn't bother me. I just took what I liked and dismissed what didn't fit into my beliefs. For instance, Giuditta divided the book into 10 months, and connected the chakras to the different months of pregnancy. I found that interesting, but others might be turned off by that.

Some moms are very hesitant to try hypnosis for childbirth, because they worry it won't fit into their belief structure. One thing I like about Hypnobabies is that it is very main stream and can fit into anyone's beliefs. It isn't new-agey at all.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By M. Buehl VINE VOICE on November 22, 2008
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I was so excited when I heard about this book and I really wanted to like this book, I tried. The concept, Painless Childbirth, is one that I can completely agree on and understand as a possiblity. I just did not enjoy the approach she took. I almost feel like it's mistitled as she spends so much of the book getting around (focusing on before you were pregnant, and during pregnancy) the subject and not so much on the topic, in my opinion. There's quite a bit of emphasis placed on your own birth, as in your mother's experience in laboring and birthing you, including her attitudes. The book follows the idea of chakras and their roles throughout your pregnancy. I consider myself pretty open minded, but the majority of the focus of this book is just too new age for me. I feel books geared more towards hypnobirthing would be better, even if you're not planning on following hypnobirthing, if you're looking for a read more focused actually on painless childbirth.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Chris on April 17, 2008
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This is a great book that offers an interesting mindset on childbirth. Contrasting against society's generally conceived view of childbirth, Giuditta offers powerful insights that one must read in order to fully comprehend the concept of a painless childbirth. Her perspectives and tips throughout the book have convinced me that the childbirth process from start to finish is a joyous celebratory time in the lives of those affected. This is an excellent read for those who are ready to or are thinking about starting a family.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sumithra Gopalan on April 16, 2008
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This fantastic book showed me what an amazing gift motherhood is. Mama has to be strong and healthy to help baby grow strong and healthy. I found, while carrying Sara, that there were tons of things that other books never told me about - until I landed on this one. This book is a Process - I had to read each page twice over to allow the deep introspective messages to sink-in. Filled with wisdom on the different levels at which true healing is needed, it focusses our attention to them allowing us the freedom to heal those areas in our own unique ways without thrusting the author's opinion on how it needs to be done. It guides Mama through 9 very important aspects that define a person. The book also contains several true-life anecdotes on other pregnant women which helps us empathize and find a common ground and not feel like we are going this alone. Our bodies were created to accomodate an intense experience as delivering a baby - why then should it be deemed painful when the body has been designed to accomodate it unless of course, fear has an influence on our psyche that delivery has to naturally be painful. This book helped me in delivering my baby angel without fear of pain and in total freedom which has made all the difference. I have come a long way as a mom from having read this book. This is a must-read for all pregnant moms. My only wish is that I had laid my hands on it sooner.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Stargazingchick on July 24, 2010
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Apparently one needs to be religious or at least spiritually inclined to find any value in this book. Reading the other reviews, I thought that the occasional mention of chakras and higher powers would be offset by some solid advise and enlightenment about pregnancy and childbirth. I was wrong! From the Introduction on God, praying to higher powers, and other spiritual activities permeated every page. There should be a warning label on the book: "Not for the agnostic, atheist and other reality-based people!" There are much better books out there to deal with the emotional side of pregnancy and childbirth, such as 'Birthing from Within".
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More About the Author

In 1984, Giuditta Tornetta experienced a painless childbirth, delivering her daughter at home, with the support of a midwife, meditation, and hypnosis tools. This riveting experience inspired her to dedicate her life to helping women obtain a painless and natural childbirth. Today Ms Tornetta has written two books , Painless Childbirth: An Empowering Journey Through Pregnancy and Birth and Conversations With The Womb, which will be available on amazon end of May 2015.

She works in hospital labor and delivery rooms, and home environments, attending and assisting births. She has had the pleasure of ushering hundreds of babies into this world helping families successfully transitioning into parenthood. She can be reached through her website JoyInBirthing.com

Giuditta Tornetta's passionate approach to life, and her accomplishments as a Doula, writer, workshop leader, entrepreneur, and performer, have made her a popular speaker. Television appearances include TLC Property Ladder (birth expert), Newborn Rescue (pilot for Discovery Channel) and she has been a regular guest on TLC's successful series "Bringing Home Baby."

While Giuditta is best known as a writer, workshop leader and a doula, she is also a passionate voice for women. She founded the Joy In Birthing Foundation a non-profit organization of committed, community oriented professional doulas, dedicated to helping families through pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period. The JIBF mission is to collaborate with agencies with maternal-child health programs and social service providers to improve the quality of birth, breastfeeding, and baby care. Striving to empower women to get the care they desire.

Ms. Tornetta runs monthly workshops and lectures on such topics as Loving the Mother, Painless Childbirth, Baby Right. Internationally she offer several workshops such as Conversations with the Womb, Loving the Mother, and Healing the Money all workshops are related to her work with the Nine Chakras of Creation.

For speaking engagements please contact Giuditta Tornetta at 310-435-6054 or visit www.joyinbirthing.com
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