Mind over Labor: A Breakthrough Guide to Giving Birth

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The fear and pain most women expect from pregnancy can at last be overcome. Carl Jones, a certified childbirth educator, tells how using mental imagery can help you reduce the the pain of labor by controlloing the fear beforehand. His easy-to-follow, eight-step method, which teaches your mind to cooperate with your body, will help make your childbirth less stressful and more natural. Whether you plan to give birth at home, in a childbearing center, or in a hospital, Carl Jones's simple exercises will put you in ...
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Overview

The fear and pain most women expect from pregnancy can at last be overcome. Carl Jones, a certified childbirth educator, tells how using mental imagery can help you reduce the the pain of labor by controlloing the fear beforehand. His easy-to-follow, eight-step method, which teaches your mind to cooperate with your body, will help make your childbirth less stressful and more natural. Whether you plan to give birth at home, in a childbearing center, or in a hospital, Carl Jones's simple exercises will put you in touch with the best instrument of birth there is - yourself.

In his breakthrough book, Jones introduces a new, highly effective method of childbirth preparation using mental imagery. He shows expectant parents how to prevent the pain and fear associated with childbirth.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
``This book will show you how to create the kind of birth you want,'' writes Jones, author of After the Baby Is Born, etc. He compares childbirth to lovemaking in terms of the potential joy for the woman and claims that the key to a ``safe, happy birth'' is mental imagerythe art of creating vivid pictures in the mind to help the woman ``surrender'' to the ``pleasure'' of childbirth. Mental-imagery exercises include thinking of a ``Special Place,'' such as a favorite beach, or envisioning the child in the womb and asking ``what he or she needs.'' Jones stresses the importance of a mellow labor environment and subtly promotes the idea of delivery at home or in a childbearing center, but he fails to spell out the risks of a nonhospital delivery. His goal of a well-informed, positive-thinking pregnant couple is admirable, but his insistence that attitude can overcome virtually any problem is questionable. (February)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140467628
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/1988
  • Series: Handbooks Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 652,816
  • Product dimensions: 5.18 (w) x 7.84 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Posted April 8, 2009

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    A good prep for natural childbirth

    I loved reading this book. I'm not really the 'hypnobirthing' type, but I do think the relaxation techniques in this book are very useful, not only in childbirth, but in other areas of life as well. I found it to be very inspiring and it helped me to expand on my options for nonmedicinal pain control for labor.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2003

    Outdated and Biased

    There is only about 30% of this book I found useful. I'll take with me all the information on how the mind and body work together with labor and how you can use that to deal with the pain. Some information is ancient(this book is almost two decades old) with some references being almost comically outdated. The author is fairly degrading to the entire medical community and towards the use of medications during labor. I think the author should do a complete rewrite and update his ideas to reflect today's modernization. I am not completely sold on a natural childbirth, but was curious to find ways to work with pain other than with drugs. I would not recommend this book to anyone who is the same state of mind. It is far too outdated, and you must be extremely openminded to take anything out of it at all.

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