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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"
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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: 5.3 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #284,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I am so grateful to have found this book 1 year ago. I started reading it at the beginning of my pregnancy and followed all the chapter according to the weeks/months and I can honestly say I did in fact have a painless childbirth at home with no drugs! I will not say that it was easy to give birth, they do call it labor for a reason, BUT I was completely shocked how labor was incredibly manageable and I never once felt out of control or that I couldn't do it. I never asked for drugs. During the actual pushing I did ask if I was doing it right, because it can feel like you're pushing a piano across the room without seeing any results, but having read this book made my birth extremely empowering, and it helped me prepare for every possible scenario and emotion that could come up for me.

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.

Good luck!
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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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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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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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