- Paperback: 331 pages
- Publisher: Partera Press; 1st edition (July 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0965987302
- ISBN-13: 978-0965987301
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 387 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Birthing from Within: An Extra-Ordinary Guide to Childbirth Preparation 1st Edition
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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
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But that person is not me, so for the first half of the book I was wondering when I would get to the nitty-gritty. Luckily, it got there! The second half of the book takes you through the labor process and gives great tips/techniques/ideas. I was glad she included how different personality types will handle the situation in different way and tips to help you individually. Also, she is realistic stating that birth will be painful, it will not be easy, but it will be worth it. I really like how it was written, the author made it feel like choosing an unmedicated birth is something we can all do, but never shunned the idea of using drugs.
So even though I felt half of the book didn't apply to me, I would still recommend it to others and just tell them to skip that part.
The book also has great tips for your spouse or support person/people and many great exercises that you can do together. As a bonus, my husband and I took a course based on this book at a local birthing center called Harmony (in Campbell, California) and it was even more interesting and rewarding to go through the projects and main topics with a leader and three other couples. Very much recommended!!!
I highly recommend the birth art. It may sound odd, but it is a terrific way to let out feelings that you are hoping you don't have, like fear or anxiety about any number of things. I highly recommend giving the birth art a try-- I just use construction paper and some cheap markers, or notebook paper I have laying around-- nothing intense.
Reading this book and trying out the things with which you feel comfortable is an excellent way to emotionally prepare for birth, which is a preparation that most mothers don't even realize is so vital to the comfort in the process.
Whether you're having an induction and an epidural or an unassisted unmedicated birth at home, read this book, and your birth experience will be better, and more rewarding.