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Painless Childbirth: An Empowering Journey Through Pregnancy and Birth Paperback – May 1, 2008
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[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, Bonding, The Doula Book, and When Survivors Give Birth
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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.Read more ›
In fairness I also have to say that I used hypnobirthing along with this book (I had a hypno-Doula attend my birth as well) and this worked very well with my hypnosis. I was able to relax and let my body do what its intrinsically designed to do.
My greatest surprise was how painful/challenging the post-partum process was, and I find very few people and books talk about that. Its as if giving birth is the end, when really its just the beginning.
I digress. I would totally recommend this book to any pregnant woman who is looking to go within and be a part of the beautiful and rare experience that is giving birth. I purchased this for my ipad and it was easy to read and review.
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This book is AMAZING. Groundbreaking work. I grew tremendously as a result of the practices and YES achieved a painless childbirth as well! Read morePublished 8 months ago by Julie W.
Great book. Lot's of information on home birth. I like to thing it helped me get ready for my own home birth!;)Published 8 months ago by Kim Brady
An inspiring book. Well worth the read, even if you're not giving birth. A lot of talk on the author's experience with reincarnation, which was interesting but off topic.Published 9 months ago by Victoria Lininger
To be a good read.....I didn't quite get to it. Maybe for child #2.Published 9 months ago by Laura Zimmerman
I read a lot of books and materials while I was pregnant. This book was my favorite. I read it 3 times and highly recommend to anybody who is willing to follow the natural... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Ina S.
This book helped me to wrap my head around the idea of being a new mother and not knowing what to expect during delivery. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Hanjah Roberts
Fantastically written book.
I found this book to be such a help working through any feelings I had about the pregnancy (anxiety, fear, expectations). Read more
This made more sense to me than any of the other books I read and had a lot to do with how well my birth experience went. I was so happy I found it.Published on February 2, 2014 by Jussayin