- Paperback: 130 pages
- Publisher: North Atlantic Books (Trade); 2 edition (Dec 1 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1556433824
- ISBN-13: 978-1556433825
- Product Dimensions: 19 x 0.6 x 26 cm
- Shipping Weight: 299 g
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #88,239 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Prenatal Yoga And Natural Childbirth 2 Ed Paperback – Dec 1 2001
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"At the age of cesarean sections on demand, Humanity needs the voice of Jeannine, the modern Mother-Goddess." -- Michel Odent, Author of "The Scientification of Love"
This book gives us a distillation of wisdom on birthing and yoga... expanded and inspiring natural birth stories. -- Dr Sarah Buckley, Mother Magazine
About the Author
Jeannine writes as a true healer. She has a generation's experience in an authentic midwifery - although she tells us that she has only delivered her own six babies - as well as being a herbalist (and author of the classic, Hygieia: A Woman's Herbal). With her partner Rico, she co-authored the fertile and magical Conscious Conception- Elementary Journey through the Labyrinth of Sexuality. She is also a skilled astrologer, yogini and teacher of 'womancraft' through her mystery school, Hygieia College. She is a home-schooling mother of six, and now grandmother, and has been described as a 'change-agent for evolution', writing and lecturing to audiences world wide about her vision of the possible family.
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The subtext of the entire book is that "Yoga" is experienced through the yogic powers of womanhood, as a woman cultivates a fully embodied relationship with the Life Cycle moving through her, her creative capacities, and her tremendous intuition. Parvati's birth stories are generous with examples of the inherent yoga of the self-realizing woman's attitude, thoughts, meditations, and asanas in the Yoga that influences generations to come.
As this book is out of print from the publisher, it can be hard to track down. The older editions are great resources too... larger print and photos, easier to read, but definitely more hippie in design!
"But my High was that the package from you arrived today. I haven't yet begun reading lesson two, but I spent the afternoon reading every one of the birth stories in PNY! I was pregnant with my second daughter when I read the first edition, so it was very different re-reading those birth stories now. Having now had a vaginal birth, big baby, huge tear and haemorrhage myself, your birth stories were much more personal to me, and I realise that your freebirths weren't the "walks in the park" that I perceived them to be before. You are not someone who freebirthed without challenge - you tore and you bled and you delt with it - and that gives me more faith in what you have to teach me. I was also heartened by the fact that even with triumphant, ecstatic births, you still managed to find "something wrong" with each of them, and learning to accept each birth just as it was was part of your journey too. I have spent a lot of time on "I shouldn't have" - a most malignant untruth. (I shouldn't have pushed her out so fast, sent Toni home, stayed in the pool etc). Knowing that you went through similar processing assists my self-acceptance. Another realization whilst reading it was that, should I tear in a future birth, it is uplifting to remember that by the time I become aware of the tear, it has already begun to heal. I also related to your description of birth as vision quest. It helped me understand my own inescapable compulsion to keep giving birth at home, and to freebirth from now on."
Prenatal Yoga and Natural Birth helped me come to greater peace with my past and future births.
The tone is quite "new-agey" however it is the first book that brought tears to my eyes because of its willingness to acknowledge the more spiritual side of the pregnancy and birthing experience for women and even men. I stopped reading a lot of my other pregnancy books around month 5 due to being fed up with their alarmist focuses on "what can go wrong" rather than relating uplifting and empowering stories of birthing that would empower a woman toward a great birthing experience.
This is a refreshing read that evens out some of the other books you'll read. I wouldn't recommend it if you are definitely planning on hospital birthing with pain medications, but if you would prefer natural birthing or even are open to the possibility, this book may be what you need.
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