"Giving birth is the pivotal moment of a woman's life but it is often treated as a medical procedure, and not as a rite of passage. Birthing from Within offers parents engaging and memorable ways for pregnant women, and their partners, to activate personal, social and spiritual resources that will guide them through labour and afterwards. Many birth classes teach from the 'outside', from the perspective of the professional. Yet, knowledge of anatomy and the stages of labour can often seem irrelevant in the intensity of contraction. The pregnant woman needs to know about labour and birth from her own perspective, she needs to be prepared for birthing from within. Pam England offers a method that allows a woman to fully understand her own strengths and resources. The self-discoveries made during pregnancy makes birth life-enhancing and empowers the future of the family. It is a multi-sensory and holistic approach that aims to make parents feel positively informed about what they are about to experience, confident about the birth of their child. Pain is an inevtiable part of childbirth but Birthing from Within provides resources for building pain-coping confidence in parents. It gives detailed instructions on dealing with normal labour pain and when the humane use of drugs may be called for."--Cover.
The easy, trusted way to develop a birth plan As an expectant mother and parent, navigating all of the information and options for labor and delivery can be cumbersome and confusing. Birth Plans For Dummies, is the ultimate resource guide to help you understand, develop, and implement a plan for the birth of your baby. A birth plan is a communication tool for expectant mothers and those involved in the delivery of a child. The plan explains the mother's preferences for labor and delivery and eliminates any confusion. There are a wide variety of methods, strategies, and techniques available to pregnant women preparing for delivery—and this hands-on, friendly guide covers them all. Covers choosing the setting and method that best fits the mothers needs and wishes Informs expectant parents about the numerous pain management and labor intervention options Provides instruction on developing and writing a birth plan and putting it into action If you are an expectant mother or parent looking for a guide to help develop a plan for the birth of your child, then Birth Plans For Dummies is the perfect book for you.
Children delight in reading about their own births and other family stories; they love looking at old family photos and are especially entertained by drawings made by their own parents. That's why every parent will find the KEEPSAKE JOURNAL irresistable - 278 pages to instruct, inspire, and record your innermost thoughts and dreams. There are pages to journal what you are learning in your childbirth classes and highlights from your prenatal appointments. There is a section just for dads. There are pages that correspond to favorite exercises from the BIRTHING FROM WITHIN book, pages for drawing, and pages to record your birth story and postpartum anecdotes.
No one is ever completely prepared for the arrival of a baby, whether it be for the first time or the fifth, but most men will agree that the first can be the most terrifying and confusing. Author and parenting expert Joe Kelly is a dad and granddad, and helps any new dad get through the myriad changes that come with the arrival of a new child. Many new dads are confused and confounded by this life-changing experience, but in Idiot's Guides: Pregnancy for Dads, Joe helps new dads understand what their partners are going through, how to help them through it, what they should (and should not) do to help, what their new miracle is going through inside mommy's belly, and so much more, starting with conception and going all the way up to the big day when baby enters this world, (and dad's arms). Along the way, Joe helps calm fears, dispel myths, and empower new dads with the knowledge they need in order to enjoy and embrace the pregnancy, from start to finish.
Your Guide to a Safe, Satisfying, and Pleasurable Birth Experience
Author: Elizabeth Davis
Category: Health & Fitness
A guide based on the award-winning coauthor's documentary explains how to render childbirth a natural and enjoyable experience, counseling women on how to take control of their bodies and prepare a birthing plan in accordance with personal needs. Original.
What Multiple Home Births Teach about Living, Laboring and Mothering in the Now
Author: Gloria Ng
Publisher: Life Arts Books
Category: Health & Fitness
A nuts-and-bolts approach on how to actualize the New Age concept of living in the present moment before conception, during pregnancy, throughout delivery and in the midst of postpartum motherhood for the busy woman who desires to do and have it all. Birth Formations: What Multiple Home Births Teach About Living, Laboring, and Mothering in the Now Encapsulates over ten years of practice in the holistic healing arts and alternative health field to tackle the sensitive and controversial note that all of our reality rests on our ability to think things through. The delicate and intense call of motherhood states unequivocally that: "You can't think your baby out." This book aims to break that one sentence down into doable parts. Part I: Beginnings This section targets preconceived notions about how to create our reality/birth/presence/experience. Parts II, III, IV: Births These sections illuminate the lessons the author has learned and include exercises to process and prepare for delivery and a more smooth integration of these principles in daily life. Part V: Beyond This section gives you permission to fly.
The Disabled Woman's Guide to Pregnancy and Birth was a finalist for a 2005 Foreward Magazine Best Book of the Year Award and a 2006 Ben Franklin Award! This comprehensive and useful guide is based on the experiences of ninety women with disabilities who chose to have children. In order to bring an intimate focus and understanding to the issues involved in being pregnant and disabled, author Judith Rodgers conducted in-depth interviews with women with 22 different types of disabilities and with a total of 143 pregnancies. Thoroughly researched and informative, this book is a practical guide both for disabled women planning for pregnancy and the health professionals who work with them. The Disabled Woman's Guide to Pregnancy and Birth supports the right of all women to choose motherhood, and will be useful for any disabled woman who desires to have a child. The subjects covered include: an introduction to the ninety women and their specific disabilities; the decision to have a baby; parenting with a disability; emotional concerns of the mother, family and friends; nutrition and exercise in pregnancy; a look at each trimester; labor and delivery; caesarean delivery; the postpartum period; and breast-feeding. A list of references and a glossary will assist the reader in obtaining additional information and understanding medical terminology. Empathetic, balanced, comprehensive, and practical, this guide provides all the facts needed by disabled women and their families. It stresses the importance of informed communication among the pregnant woman, her family members, and health care professionals. It is the only book that answers critical questions and provides guidance for the woman with a disability facing one of the biggest challenges of her life.