Review of Prenatal Yoga & Natural Childbirth - Silver Anniversary edition
by: Jeannine Parvati Baker
by: Robin Lim
My copy arrived by mail. I felt the stork had dropped a bundle on my
doorstep. I so loved the first and later editions of Prenatal Yoga, and
was nervous to see how 'she' had matured.
First - the cover is delicious. Inside I found everything I always
loved about prenatal yoga. The photos. The YOGA. The stories. A poem I
treasure. Everything new in this book is ancient knowledge, wise words
which I as a woman need to read over and over again.
This book and I have a long 'herstory'. In 1975 to 76 I was a
pregnant teenager. My midwives in Santa Barbara loaned me their 1st
edition copy of Prenatal Yoga. I loved it so much that I bought one for
myself. Following Jeannine's simple instructions for centering and healing
my body through yoga, I achieved a blissful pregnancy, and an ecstatic
passage into motherhood.
I have always believed that, the quality of an expectant woman's fine level
of feeling during pregnancy, greatly influences the wholeness of the baby's
soul. Today, as I write, that first baby of mine, Déjà, is in
Johannesburg, South Africa. She is a U.N. delegate at the World Summit on
Sustainable Development. She is an advocate for human rights regarding
HIV/AIDS policies for the poor. Today I cannot help but wonder if the
quiet neck rolls, cat stretches, pythons, pelvic rocks and deep delicious
breathing I did, daily while she grew under my heart, had an effect.
The book Prenatal Yoga & Natural Childbirth, guided me through all
five pregnancies. I have lost this book so many times. Loaned it out,
given it away. Always when she comes home to me, I rejoice, and gobble up
As a midwife I plan to have many copies in my lending library. I do find
that the women I help who practice prenatal yoga, have smoother deliveries.
This makes my job less stressful. With the release of the silver
anniversary edition I am certain that the next generation of mothers and
their babies will be blessed. As a grandmother I intend to keep it on my