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Prenatal yoga teacher, doula, and childbirth educator Guerra has created a natural birthing method using the principles or eight limbs of yoga as its underpinnings. She explains techniques to manage attitude, pain, and physical and mental energy. Using safe asana (pose) sequences for each stage of labor, as well as breathing techniques to help manage pain and encourage progression, Guerra guides readers toward an enlightened birth that emphasizes connection between mother and baby. Encouraging laboring mothers to get into the yogini groove, the author claims her method decreases fear and anxiety, and helps women avoid pain medication by improving pain tolerance. Also included are 40 mantras (one for each week of pregnancy), appropriate asanas for each trimester, and a chapter on partner support (though a partner is not required). Readers also hear from a number of women who have used these techniques. Experienced yoginis will no doubt find Guerra's enlightened approach easy to follow; the instructions and helpful illustrations also make the technique accessible to women who have never practiced yoga. Yoga practitioners and those seeking to avoid medical intervention and manage labor through natural methods will welcome Guerra's gentle, natural, and mindful birthing approach. Agent: Jeff Herman, Jeff Herman Agency. (Aug.)

About the Author

Dorothy Guerra (Toronto, Canada) is a registered prenatal yoga teacher and a registered birth coach (doula). She owns two yoga studios, teaches the Yoga Birth Method to couples, and trains instructors and hospital staff in prenatal yoga across North America. She is also the director of the Yoga Network of Canada. In addition to hosting the Canadian television program Yoga Life, she frequently speaks at conferences organized by the Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association (CAPPA), Lamaze International, and the International Childbirth Association.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications; 1 edition (August 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738736651
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738736655
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #176,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I very much enjoyed reading this book. It helped comfort me and give me peace of mind prior to labor. I ended up having an emergency Csection, so I didn't get to try out my plan, but regardless, I was comforted and confident going into labor because of the book. My husband read it too, so we were on the same page for the day of labor. I would recommend reading it! It's a quick read and easy to follow.
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I would recommend this as a great at home supplement to attending class with a pregnancy-knowledgeable yoga instructor. I LOVED this book, but I was also using it while expecting my fifth child and working through my 200 hour yoga teacher training. Some of the things recommended in here were things that were either contraindicated per my training or else not recommended for a woman who does not already have a strong yoga practice before pregnancy. That said, as a supplement this was wonderful. Leading up to the birth of my 5th child, I had two aspirations: to start labor before my membranes ruptured ( I had experienced the opposite in all previous labors) and to avoid mal-presentation ( I had experienced in most of my labors, despite using spinningbabies.com). The 24 hours before my daughter was born, I initiated the same prodromal labor sequence I had gone through with all of my other babies, and the ebbing and waning of intensity clearly indicated that baby was NOT in the ideal birth position. With labor pains fading in and out (painful enough to make me grouchy after 24 hours), I decided that what I needed was to do just a couple of the poses recommended in here to help bringing baby into the correct position- then go to bed. In the morning, I would more thoroughly address baby's position and attempt to "get labor moving." I woke less than 2 hours labor, and my daughter was born after only a handful of contractions- perfectly positioned, and with sac intact until just as she was born. While I would not lend this book out to someone who did not have a strong yoga background, I am using it as a reference book with my own students :)
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I am a yoga instructor, prenatal yoga instructor, and doula. This book gives some counterproductive suggestions on which yoga techniques to use to prepare for birth & during birth (I.e. Ujayii breath should not be practiced as it tightens the rear end & prenatal exercises should emphasize gaining awareness of the pelvic floor & learning to both contract & release the muscles at will to aid in vaginal childbirth...) She gives misinformation as to which muscles are active in labor. The sequence she suggests to physically prepare the body for labor is good and so are the suggested partner exercises. Overall- I would not recommend this book. I will repost when I find a better prenatal yoga text resource. Sorry to keep you waiting!
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I havent had my baby yet, but this book has been very clear, simple and walks you through the 4 stages of labor, including intentions, meditation, asanas and your partner. The writer makes clear that you can use it during your labor, no matter what the outcome can be (natural o c-section). I recomend it
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So I've had this book for about a month but can't yet review from the other side of birth so to speak... but I can say at this stage that it's beautifully and clearly written, not too repetitive and full of info I wasn't getting elsewhere. My antenatal class teacher was very impressed with it.

I've been doing the early stage flow most mornings as recommended and am really flying. At nearly 36 weeks I'm feeling great most of the time, flexible and can still take the stairs two at a time and get very little aches. The days I don't so the flow (which I spend around 20 mins on but it's up to you what feels right) are the days when I have twinges of pain.

I'm feeling very positive about the birthing experience ahead and feel I have lots of tools in my bag thanks largely to this book. It's lovely balance of practical and emotional/psychological.

Will update this after the big day with a fuller perspective on things... hopefully then I can add the fifth star ;-)
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I bought this book for the early labor flow section because I wanted to get a suggestion for a flow suitable for use in 3rd trimester and during labor. I do a prenatal yoga class once a week, and the poses recommended in this book are all the same or similar to what I do in class. I found the advice to be appropriate and the author certainly doesn't recommend doing anything that would be dangerous. I do think the book would be challenging for someone with no yoga experience. I would recommend going to a class before using this book for your home practice. The breathing sections and labor advice is nice and the author has a positive "can do" attitude. I enjoy the flow and have incorporated it into my practice. Whether or not I can do it during early labor remains to be seen. -- My baby was clearly unaware that I spent 4 weeks in a natural birthing program because he decided to be breech so I had no opportunity to try this out during labor. I would still recommend this book to a pregnant mom who wants to develop a yoga practice at home.
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I'm a labor doula and I'm very excited to share some of these methods with my clients. However, I'm disturbed by her use of the word "macomium" instead of meconium. Is it referenced differently in Canada, or is she really that unfamiliar with birth terminology? It definitely affects her credibility and I will use her advice with caution.
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