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Birthing from Within: An Extra-Ordinary Guide to Childbirth Preparation [Paperback]

Pam England CNM MA , Rob Horowitz PhD
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July 1 1998
Here is a holistic approach to childbirth that examines this profound rite-of-passage not as a medical event but as an act of self-discovery. Exercises and activities such as journal writing, meditation, and painting will help mothers analyze their thoughts and face their fears during pregnancy. For use during birth, the book offers proven techniques for coping with labor pain without drugs, a discussion of the doctor or midwife’s role, and a look at the father’s responsibilities. Childbirth education should also include what to expect after the baby is born. Here are baby basics, such as how to bathe a newborn, how to get the little one to sleep, and tips for getting nursing off to a good start. Pregnancy, birth, and postpartum is a process of continuous learning and adjustment; Birthing From Within provides the necessary support and education to make each phase of birthing a rewarding experience.

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England, a registered nurse and certified nurse midwife, developed the "birthing from within" approach in a series of birthing classes to help mothers reclaim and celebrate the spiritual, emotional, and psychological aspects of birth as a rite of passage. Her book is a collection of methods that have been used for class participants. England is quick to point out that this "is not a script or a rigid method," and she encourages parents and professionals to use those portions that are helpful. There are numerous exercises and activities to help parents, especially mothers, be in contact with their bodies and feelings. The author recommends throughout that the mother and her healthcare professional work together, giving numerous suggestions for making this a successful partnership. England has done a fair amount of research and does include numerous references; at the same time, she makes it a very personal book. It will appeal especially to patrons interested in alternative birthing methods. For large consumer health/patient education collections. [For another title recommending a more spiritual approach to childbirth, see Ronald L. Cole's The Gentle Greeting, LJ 6/1/98.?Ed.]?Mary J. Jarvis, Methodist Hosp. Medical Lib., Lubbock, T.
-?Mary J. Jarvis, Methodist Hosp. Medical Lib., Lubbock, TX
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Empowering Book! May 20 2004
By A Customer
This book gently guides women to examine their own fears and assumptions about birth so that they can choose the place where they will feel most comfortable and supported giving birth. For me, this happens to be at home with a midwife, my husband, my mother and 2 trusted and fearless female friends (I also live 3 blocks from a hospital with an NICU). What I like about this book is its emphasis on discovering what makes YOU comfortable, not some ideal birth situation that the author has in mind. I had just assumed that I wanted a hospital birth, since I work with children with disabilities and wanted the "safest" place in which to give birth. As I read the chapter on home birth (which the author almost did not put into the book), I was amazed to read what the actual research said about home births and hospital births and safety issues. It took me a couple of weeks of working my way through the book, but I realized in a flash that I did not want to give birth in a hospital! Again, this is the right choice for ME, not the ONLY right choice. Luckily, my husband was very interested from the start in a home birth as well.
There are also some very helpful techniques in the book for coping with the intense sensations surrounding labor and delivery, and wonderful right-brain practices for uncovering and facing fears you may have regarding your images of childbirth pain, past birth experiences you may have had, inadequacy as a mother, etc.
This book is empowering and illuminating. It helped me move from feeling and behaving like a passenger in the vehicle of pregnancy-birth to being in the driver's seat. It is a great antidote to what books like "What to Expect" tell you about birth options and strategies for coping with sensations and fears.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great concept, but some poor advice March 17 2003
By A Customer
I bought this book because I was moved by the concept of 'birthing from within', which I interpreted as: getting past one's fears abound birth, and using creative ways of expressing feelings.
It was a surprise to find in this book suggestions like having peroxide to put on the cord after a homebirth. When I saw that, I flipped to the front cover to see the publication date, and was amazed to see this is a recent publication (1998)- it's been known for years now that the cord heals best if left alone.
More shocking to me was the advice (p.273-5)to introduce a bottle to the baby at 3-4 weeks of age (Contrary to the WHO code!) The authors say they do not recommend exclusively breastfeeding on demand.
If you purchase this book, be sure to rely on others for more current and accurate infant care advice. I hope a new edition will contain more appropriate advice. For the time being, I suggest you view this book with caution.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST one out there... June 27 2004
I am 32 weeks pregnant with my second child and I just got done reading this book. I wanted to see what other people thought of it and read some of the reveiws. After reading a few negative ones I wanted to warn people that the book is very open to every option not just homebirth. This book takes evey birthing situation (even c-section) and tells you how to make it a positive and beautiful experence. I have to admit though some people might think the book way out there, but keep your mind open and give it a try. I've read a LOT of pregnancy/childbirth books and this one is by far the BEST one.
***and if you read the book you will notice that never does it say to "howl like a wolf" when in labor, so don't worry when you read those reveiws that say that, those people misunderstood it.***
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not into the art stuff AT ALL- but very empowering April 30 2004
In natural birth - PAIN IS A REALITY! Pain is my biggest fear, and this book offers fabulous coping techniques and methods to pratice them before labor using ice cubes as the pain for you to manage. Women I mentioned this to said that was a very ingenious method they wish they could've used.
The art stuff I just skipped over.. I don't know how one reviewer thinks this focuses on New Mexico and Indians, the author refers to women all over the world who birth naturally and how us Westernized women can empower ourselves with these other women's natural strengths and resources to get through labor. I mean, c'mon, we wimp out at a headache and have Advil at our fingertips.. we Americans don't deal with pain very well. This book DOES NOT BEAT DOWN HOSPITALS NOR DOES IT GIVE NOTHING BUT HORROR STORIES! Even though homebirth is ideal, the book offers many ways to make the hospitals more comforting, and relaxing (and stories of how it worked for others). Howling like a coyote is not what she recommends! Any form of vocalization is encouraged, even chanting the f-word if that's what suits you. Vocalization is natural and helps cope with pain. The howling happened in one of the classes only to get women comfortable with making noise. Most of us are embarrassed to, and are shushed by the hospital staff in labor.
I am certainly not going to use all the techniques here, but the imagery and pain techniques and ways to progress labor effectively are INSPIRING! I can't wait to try them out when I give birth this summer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great for those who believe in mind over matter. July 25 2009
By Karie
Interesting perspectives on the power of a woman to control labour and delivery. Has lots of activites to do. Not for those out of touch with their visionary side.
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5.0 out of 5 stars many ideas
We are blessed this book has come into our journey into pregnancy. It has provided many encouraging tips to help me prep for baby.
Published 3 months ago by recipe4life
5.0 out of 5 stars Well rounded and insightful!
I picked up this book because my midwife recommended it. Birth is such a personal and individual experience and I felt that this book solidified this notion. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Snikdow
1.0 out of 5 stars Not sure how this book would actually help you while IN labour
This book was mis-printed. Started at page 36 and the first 3 chapters were included twice.

I couldn't even finish the book. Read more
Published 20 months ago by mama_bear
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressed
I was very happy with this book, I purchased it for a birthing class. This book is good for people who want to try to give birth without the use of pain medication and need coping... Read more
Published on June 8 2012 by Aquarius0174
5.0 out of 5 stars Must-read for all mothers-to-be
This book provided some of the most useful and helpful advice that I received from any person or book throughout my three pregnancies. Read more
Published on Feb. 7 2010 by Jessica
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book about preparing for childbirth hands down
Pam England knows how to prepare a women for childbirth....emotionally & Physically. Very insightful... Read more
Published on Feb. 27 2009 by Lisa Cryderman
3.0 out of 5 stars Not that great
Lots of unrealistic advice and a hippy approach to pain management and child birth. Giving birth naturally is great but, women please, don't get frustrated if you would not be able... Read more
Published on Dec 11 2007 by Maria Kovaleva
4.0 out of 5 stars Valuable in preparing for birth
Valuable information on pain management skills, what's going on during pain and why. I also bookmarked various chapters and sections that were specifically geared towards... Read more
Published on July 9 2007 by Ruth L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous and Very Informative
I have read several pregnancy books from the popular "What to Expect When Expecting" to the fluffy "Girlfriend's Guide. Read more
Published on March 1 2006 by Dianne Ford
5.0 out of 5 stars My rite of passage
This book not only made me feel as though childbirth wasn't a 'medical condition' which was a phrase I grew up with, being the daughter of a small town medical practitioner; it... Read more
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