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

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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...

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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“Deeply thought out and derived from experience.” —Mothering Magazine
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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, TX
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780965987301
  • Publisher: Partera Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 309
  • Sales rank: 82,211
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Pam England, CNM, MA, has been a nurse/midwife for 20 years and is the founder of the Art of Birthing Center. Rob Horowitz, PhD, has been a clinical psychologist for 20 years. They live in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii
Introduction ix
Section I Beginning Your Journey
1 Finding Your Question 2
2 Emptying Your Mind 4
3 Worry is the Work of Pregnancy 6
4 Connecting With Other Women 9
5 Eating in Awareness 20
Section II The Art of Birthing
6 Black Cloud Over Birth 30
7 Birth Art Teaches 32
8 Taking The Plunge 37
9 Discovery Through Drawing and Painting 41
10 How Birth Art Helped Donna Become a Mother 55
11 Revelations Through Clay 60
12 Preserving Your Shape Shift: Making a Belly Cast 66
13 Birth Art and Insights from Professional Artists 69
Section III Preparing Your Birth Place
14 Ask Questions Before Your Chile is Roasted 78
15 Where Mothers Build Their Nests 82
16 Childbirth as a Rite of Passage 86
17 The Birth Plan Trap 96
18 Birthing With Wolves 98
19 Home Birth 101
Section IV Being Powerful in Birth
20 Even Paper Tigers Can Bite 118
21 Labor Means Hard Work 120
22 Out of Control: How to "Lose It" In Labor 129
23 These Bones Were Made for Birthin' 133
24 Stand and Deliver 136
25 How to Give Birth if You Need a Cesarean 149
26 Being at a Birth Doesn't Make a Man a Father 156
Section V Fathers and Birth Companions
27 Getting Dads Involved 160
28 Pitfalls of Labor Coaching 166
29 What's Father To Do? 168
30 The First Moments 173
31 Laborland Etiquette 180
32 Gathering Information: Guidelines for Making Decisions and Giving Informed Consent 186
Section VI Birthing Through Pain
Introduction 190
33 Looking for a Way Out 192
34 Exploring Beliefs and Attitudes About Pain 194
35 Endorphins 197
36 The Ecology of Pain 199
37 Don't Give Birth Without a Doula 207
38 Proven Pain Techniques 213
39 The Compassionate Use of Drugs and Epidurals 240
Section VII Gestating Parenthood
40 Gestating Motherhood 256
41 Baby-proofing Your Marriage 260
42 Swaddling the New Parents 265
43 Preserving Your Birth Memories 276
Afterword: Birth as an Adventure 280
Appendix A Special Diets for Special Situations 282
Appendix B Breech Tilt 286
Appendix C Worksheets for Learning the Pain Techniques 287
Appendix D Reminder Cards 293
Appendix E Circumcision 295
Notes 297
Index 305
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2007

    A completely different approach...

    I'm in the midst of my first pregnancy, I don't know it all. I'm not really the artsy type either, and while there's a lot of 'art stuff' in this book, I have learned so much from Englund's analyses of the artwork of her students. It's true that it is very difficult to discover what your fears are unless you dig them out - and art is a good way to do it (even if you're not an artist, she shows that stick figures mean a lot). Moving beyond the art stuff, the actual science of natural childbirth is brilliant and refreshing. Books recommended to me by an OB I saw left me feeling helpless and frightened (eg. 'Your Pregnancy & Birth'). 'Birthing from Within' made me not only feel like I could do it, but provides excellent tools for coping when things don't go the way you wanted them to. I highly recommend this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2005

    A must have pregnancy book!!

    I was pregnant with our first child and my husband saw this book and thought it would be very helpful. He is a practicing zen buddhist and wanted to have everything as natural as possible. We read the book together every night, did the exercises and the crafts. This book also solified our marriage as well as allowed us to have the natural birth that we wanted to experience with our child! (I have a big fear of pain and did NOT have pain medication/epidural for my delivery). I am pregnant with our 2nd child and we have just started to read it again!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2003

    Tell everyone about it!

    I am a mother of two, training to be a doula, and have read a lot of books about birth. I loved this book! The reading is so easy and I had a hard time putting it down! I plan to start teaching childbirth classes and this will be a great book to recommend to read. I love the information and the art and imagery in this book. Every pregnant woman should read this, and her partner too!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2002

    A great place to start

    This book is a unique gem among childbirth books. Its approach is wonderfully comprehensive & answers almost any question a pregnant woman might have. Highly recommend!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2001

    The best natural child birth book out there

    I highly recommend this book to any woman who is even remotely considering a natural birth. Beautiful imagery, great exercises, and lots of facts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2013

    Book Great but Nook Book is messed up

    I love PAm's approach to childbirth preparation. Where most concentrate on the medical, Pam addresses the whole person, particularly psychological and emotional aspects of pregnancy. She brings a unique sensitivities to this topic.

    However something is wrong with the Nook book. Sometimes I had trouble "turning" pages... Both the Nook Color and my Nook App on ipad would stall. Sometimes rather than Continuing to the next page it would jump around or just refresh the same page. I was able to read the book, but it was frustrating at times. I'm not entirely sure if I ended up skipping pages.

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  • Posted September 7, 2012

    While the book is a little "Hippie Dippy" (particularl

    While the book is a little "Hippie Dippy" (particularly the chapter titles), I credit this book with helping me come to terms with a lot of experiences that didn't go how I wanted them to and giving me the strength to go again without being afraid that they would repeat (and they did not!). It explains a lot of the natural responses of the body in interesting ways and I love the drawing exercises. This was probably the most helpful of all the pregnancy books I read, even if it made me roll my eyes here and there.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2012

    Doc recommended

    Good read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2007

    Not for me

    I returned this book after trying to get through it - it just wasn't for me at all.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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