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Mindful Birthing: Training the Mind, Body, and Heart for Childbirth and Beyond Paperback – July 10, 2012
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“Bringing mindfulness to the birthing process has everything to recommend it: it can reduce fear and stress and make the experience more rewarding for all involved. All that’s required is to practice the techniques that Nancy Bardacke explains so clearly in this book. (Andrew Weil, MD, New York Times bestselling author)
“Combining ancient wisdom and modern evidence-based science, the practices in this book will change your life. A must-buy for expectant parents, for midwives and other professionals involved in birthing, and also for any of us who want a glimpse of what great mindfulness teaching can offer us.” (Mark Williams, bestselling author of The Mindful Way Through Depression)
“Mindful Birthing is a unique, positive and welcome contribution to the world of birthing. I highly recommend this book to all pregnant women.” (Patricia A. Robertson MD, Professor and Attending Obstetrician, University of California, San Francisco)
“As a mother to be, I learned to mindfully embrace the uncertainties of birth and parenting through Nancy’s teachings. As an obstetrician, I felt inspired to integrate these methods into my practice. This is at the top of my recommended reading list for all of my patients.” (Sarah Wilson MD, University of California, San Francisco)
“Until Mindful Birthing, good techniques for helping you experience the unpredictable changes of pregnancy and birth with resilience have not been available. Using the mindfulness techniques in this book, the process of pregnancy, birth, and parenting is transformed from a series of stressful changes to a joyful journey.” - (Tekoa L. King CNM, MPH Deputy Editor Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health)
“Mindful Birthing develops a unique blend of meditation, yoga and scientific information into a user friendly approach to maternity care and life changes after childbirth. It is a practical way to approach the many potential technologic intrusions that are so much a part of modern day obstetrics.” - (Douglas W. Laube, MD, Past President of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists)
“In Mindful Birthing, science, story, and skill-building are woven together seamlessly engaging the reader to pay attention to the breath and stay in the moment, fully experiencing happiness and joy as well as fear and pain. Expectant mothers and their partners can just “be”. What a gift!” (Sharon S. Rising, midwife and CEO of the Centering Healthcare Institute)
“This book gives parents and parents to be the tools they need to meet their experience with honesty, compassion, and kindness. A truly valuable resource.” (Sharon Salzberg, author of Real Happiness)
“Mindful Birthing is a lovely book. It makes you think and it makes you cry. Give it to any one you know about to give birth. It will change the parents’ life--and the life of their child.” (Barry Boyce, editor-in-chief, Mindful.org)
“Mindful Birthing recognizes that no factor is more significant for our national health than how our children are born and raised. Nancy Bardacke offers a vision for how everyone involved in birth and parenting can act with utmost care. Let’s make this required reading in medical education. (Congressman Tim Ryan)
About the Author
Nancy Bardacke, RN, CNM, MA, is the founding director of the Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) program, which she currently leads at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. She is also an assistant clinical professor in the UCSF School of Nursing.
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The pain management exercises using ice are GENIUS! I found myself using the body scan very often. I was able to successfully investigate a slight pain in my right foot during several contractions and focus on the parts of my body that didn't hurt and felt just fine.
Every birth is different but in my experience I agree with Nancy, the first time I "couldn't take it anymore" I got in the hot water and it just REALLY helped me out. The 2nd time I couldn't take it anymore I was 10 contractions away from giving birth. I actually begged for pain meds around 10 centimeters and the nurse laughed and said "sweetie it's too late for that, you are 10 centimeters dilated you needed to ask for that 2 centimeters ago" I couldn't believe it. Avoiding looking at the clock REALLY helped. I didn't want to hear how far apart my contractions were and didn't want to hear anyone in the room talk about any plans or anything to do with clock time, that sounds crazy but it helped a lot just to keep me present. Ironically my son was on the same page because up until the last contraction my contractions were never the same time apart. I think the last two were like 10, 3, 5.
So YES I was in labor for 12 hours and YES it hurt! But it was doable! And with that pain comes an amazing power that follows after. The rewards are endless. Thanks to this book and the support of my doula, my boyfriend, mom and amazing friends. Again, I know every birth is different but in all honesty this book had me practicing techniques that made it possible. The two most difficult parts for me were when I felt my sons head pass through my pelvis, The pelvis actually cracks open, and the sensation is intense, but by the time you have time to judge it it's over, it's very fast. The other part is the burning "ring of fire" at the very end. But at that time I was 3 pushes away from my son being delivered.
Thank you Nancy THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!
When others said the book was wordy I should've listened. I figured I could wade through the crap to glean some nugget of knowledge I didn't know beforehand. There was nothing. However, I've read all of Ina Mae Gaskin's books and I found them indispensable.
I suppose if you know absolutely nothing about mindfulness/birthing it could help?
I highly recommend!