Active Birth - Revised Edition: The New Approach to Giving Birth Naturally [NOOK Book]

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Janet Balaskas led a movement of women who refused to give birth lying down.  She has been teaching women about “active birth” ever since.  In this updated and Americanized guide, Balaskas explains how to prepare for and experience a truly natural birth.  She leads the pregnant woman through yoga-based stretching exercises and massage practice, and describes the stages of labor and comfortable positions for each, at home or in a hospital.  Balaskas has also included a chapter on water birth as...
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Active Birth - Revised Edition: The New Approach to Giving Birth Naturally

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Overview

Janet Balaskas led a movement of women who refused to give birth lying down.  She has been teaching women about “active birth” ever since.  In this updated and Americanized guide, Balaskas explains how to prepare for and experience a truly natural birth.  She leads the pregnant woman through yoga-based stretching exercises and massage practice, and describes the stages of labor and comfortable positions for each, at home or in a hospital.  Balaskas has also included a chapter on water birth as well as postpartum exercises.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558324978
  • Publisher: Harvard Common Press, The
  • Publication date: 3/16/1992
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 146,646
  • File size: 30 MB
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Meet the Author

Janet Balaskas organized the first Active Birth Conference in London. A mother of four, she has written many books on pregnancy and childbirth. She runs a childbirth education clinic.   For more information, please visit Balaskas’ website, ActiveBirthCentre.com.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2012

    Dont buy the Nook book

    This book does not come out well in the Nook format, it is nearly impossible to see the pictures and there are many. They are extremely poor quality and get cut off.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2005

    Practical, Intelligent, Wellrounded and Empowering

    First time mother, I read this book in my eighth month and found it to be excellent and most importantly useful. I followed the advice as per the book and I labored for 4.5 hours and delivered my baby without drugs or any unneccesary medical interventions!!!! My labor, to my surprise, went fast and I felt in control. I attribute this success to this book. A must read for anyone considering a natural and drug free birth.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2000

    What doctors will not tell you, this book will!

    I wish I had found this book with my first pregnancy, But I didn't until my fifth. What I learned from Active Birth dramatically shortened my labor and reduced my stress and pain. This information is something that I will always be greatful for.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 2, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    The BEST book ever! A MUST read!

    This is an amazing book. Such a wonderful read for pregnancy. I recommend this book to all of my friends and family who are having children. Whether you have a home or hospital birth, if you care about how you give birth, this book is for you. Having a baby is such a phenomenal journey. Women need to empower their self in relation to their body and realize that they are full of strength, wisdom and intuition. Trust that. Labor and birthing can be a special, sacred experience. It does not have to be filled with pain and horror, like our society has lead us to believe. Women, trust your body and your intuition, and just ride it like a wave. You and your body will know what to do! I also highly recommend watching the documentary, "Orgasmic Birth"! You can rent it on Netflix. I hope you enjoy this book as much as my spouse and I did!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2004

    Wonderful Book

    You NEED to read this book...I had to have a pitocin-induced labor and I had no trouble getting through contractions and delivery (pain-med free) because I used the positions and techniques in this book. My husband later told me that the nurse called in a few other nurses to watch me labor through transition because they were amazed at how well I handled it. I was so engrossed in laboring I had no idea anybody other than my husband was in the room. Absolutely amazing resource

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2001

    Incredibly useful

    Active Birth is awesome! Birth really is meant to be an active experience. It helped me through 3 unmedicated VBACs, one of them a posterior baby. Balaskas' suggestions are logical & easy to practice. Why don't more doctors use these suggestions?

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2013

    Giving birth

    It helpted

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2013

    Eh...

    It shows her boobies on the cover.that is the only part i like.because i am a pregnet 9 year old with big boobies snd i walk ou in the middle of the road take off my shert and braw to show my boobs to everyone and show my pregnet ass.so i do not like this book.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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