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Active Birth: The New Approach to Giving Birth Naturally Paperback – Mar 15 1992
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Active Birth contains a wealth of information for pregnancy, childbirth, and the postnatal period. -- Midwest Book Review
Janet Balaskas revised edition of Active Birth is an inspiring book. She is writing to the lay public, to women anticipating a birth. However, this well written, informative and energetic book should be read by health professionals as well. -- Family Medicine
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n an active birth, a mother moves about freely, finds comfortable positions for labor and delivery, and seldom needs drugs or obstetrical interventions. In Active Birth, Janet Balaskas teaches mothers to develop all of their bodily resources for giving birth, to follow their own instincts, and to take full control of their childbirth experience. Active Birth includes: Fully-illustrated exercise for a comfortable, energetic pregnancy, Massage for pregnancy and labor, Ways to create the ideal setting for an active birth in the hospital or at home, Positions for labor and birth, for maximum comfort and efficient contractions, The latest information about water birth, and how to plan one, Exercises for recovery and relaxation after birth, Helpful tips for partners and birth attendants.
Active Birth will inspire and instruct those who want to give birth through their own efforts by following their own instincts. -Penny Simkin, author of Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn
An empowering approach to labor and birth. -Barbara Katz Rothman, author of In Labor and Recreating Motherhood
Clearly written, carefully documented, and copiously illustrated, this new edition celebrates the inherent wisdom on womens birthing instincts. It also serves up a complete course of preparation to guide those of us who need to be reminded just how natural childbirth can be. -Adrienne Lieberman, author of Giving Birth and Easing Labor Pain
A revolutionary book, helping women to get off their backs and find their feet in birthing. -Rahima Baldwin, founder if Informed Homebirth and author of Special Delivery
This book strips away the false complexity of modern obstetrics. Read this book. Claim its wisdom. -Roberta Scaer, co-author of A Good Birth, A Safe Birth
Janet Balaskas captures the psychological essence of giving birth and the spirit of active participation so important to a womans self-esteem during pregnancy and delivery. -Gayle Peterson, Ph.D., author of Birthing Normallyand An Easier ChildbirthSee all Product Description
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If you are looking for an all-natural birthing experience, and for tips on how to listen to your body during the birthing process (not the doctors who force you to push when you're not ready), this book is definitely worth a read.
The book is wonderful. It explains some positions that can help in childbirth, and that will make contractions more effective (and offers good explanations as to why) and has a section of pregnancy yoga so you are prepared to use those positions. There also is a section on how to cope with pain.
As far as the pictures in the book go- if you are offended by the childbirth process and pictures depicting it, then you may not want to get this book. These are natural pictures of women having babies. Yes some are naked, but I don't find them offensive at all.
I *know* I will use some kind of painkiller during childbirth, but I am determined to go as long as I can without them. This book makes a very stong and logical case for being active during labor and delivery. I didn't feel that the author put down anyone who preferred a hospital birth - there's a chapter on how to have an active birth in a hospital. She did make strong points against using drugs in labor, but again, I didn't feel she was totally against using them- she said that there are some cases where the benefits of painkillers may be worth the risks. I definitely didn't get a sense of "hospitals and painkillers are evil" like I have with other birthing books. Another birthing book you may want to look into that doesn't have that attitude is "Birthing Partner."
Again, I cannot recommend this book enough. It offers a lot of knowledge and reassurance for pregnant women.
My sister-in-law was in much better shape going into her pregnancy, and she couldn't believe that I was able to do the things I did without running out of energy or strength. I didn't even begin these techniques until I was a month away from my delivery!!!
This book delivered big time! Not only did it give detailed pictures and written instructions for how the woman can squat, it also told exactly how the partner can physically support the different squat positions, and why they work best for birth. I feel like now I can go to my caregiver (I am birthing in the hospital) equipped to explain why I wish to give birth in the position that feels best to me, instead of flat on my back with my feet in stirrups as I did last time. The only thing about this book that was a little "freakish" to me was the photos from the early 90's of naked hippie women and their partners during bith. While the photos were helpful in and of themselves because they further illustrate the positions, it was a little off-putting to see a man with a giant afro holding his partner... :)
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The book ensures mothers to be that the natural birth the old way is doable with no need for medical intervention.Published on May 21 2011 by Kareem
GENERALLY GOOD IDEAS BUT MANY THINGS WERE REPEATED AND THIS MADE ME GET BORED BEFORE I FINISHED. I LIKE TO SEE DETAIL AND INFORMATION IN DEPTH.Published on Feb. 27 2004
If I could recommend one book for my clients (I'm a doula), it would be this one. For most of us in the field, the information isn't new (upright positions are best; being able to... Read morePublished on June 21 2003 by Amazon Customer
I wasn't very happy with my first child's birth and felt like I had very little control over my health care. Read morePublished on July 12 2002 by frittata zimmer