Made for This: The Catholic Mom's Guide to Birth

Made for This: The Catholic Mom's Guide to Birth

by Mary Haseltine

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Overview

Millions of women have felt the power of birth, and countless women long for it. But for too many, birth can seem like a purely clinical experience - something to get through as quickly as possible in order to get on with the joys of being a mother. In Made for This, author Mary Haseltine draws on Pope Saint John Paul II's Theology of the Body to show that birth is an essential part of who God created women to be, body and soul. With real-life stories from many moms and practical tips - including preparing for birth, making informed choices, helping fathers embrace their role in the birth room, and encountering the work of labor - this book is an indispensable guide for navigating the physical and spiritual dimensions of pregnancy and birth. Expectant mothers will find the tools they need to approach birth as a gift and to invite God into the experience.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681921716
Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor, Publishing Division
Publication date: 04/04/2018
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 285,843
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Mary Haseltine is a theology graduate and a certified birth doula and childbirth educator. With a passion for building a culture of life through the teachings of the Theology of the Body, she works to bring an awareness and practice of the teachings of the Church into the realm of childbirth, mothering, and pregnancy loss. She lives in Western New York with her husband and five sons. You can find more of her writing at betterthaneden.com.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 8

Foreword 9

Introduction 11

Chapter 1 Why Birth Matters 12

Chapter 2 A Culture of Life Is a Culture of Birth 17

Chapter 3 The Feminine Genius of Birth 24

Chapter 4 The Theology of the Body: A Theology of Birth 28

Chapter 5 Birth Fallen, Birth Redeemed 33

Chapter 6 The Design of Birth 41

Chapter 7 The Birth of a Father 57

Chapter 8 Choosing Your Care Provider 64

Chapter 9 Choosing Where to Birth 73

Chapter 10 Your Birth Team 81

Chapter 11 Preparing All of You for Your Birth 93

I Body - Physical Preparation for Your Birth 96

II Mind - Learning the Truth, Unlearning the Lies 106

III Heart - Addressing Emotions and Wounds before Birth 113

IV Soul - Supernatural Preparation for Birth 120

Chapter 12 Encountering the Work of Labor 130

Chapter 13 The Choices of Childbirth 147

Chapter 14 Grace-Filled Birth: Inviting God into the Birth Room 175

Chapter 15 The Cesarean Birth 184

Chapter 16 Options for Your Newborn 199

Chapter 17 Protecting the Postpartum Period 207

Chapter 18 Claiming Your Story: Processing the Joy or Pain of Your Birth 218

Chapter 19 Loss 229

Chapter 20 Breastfeeding Your Baby 243

Chapter 21 Naming and Claiming Your Baby 248

Chapter 22 Born in Grace: Birth Stories from Catholic Moms 253

Appendices

Appendix A Prayers 291

Appendix B Scripture 294

Appendix C Saint Quotes 299

Appendix D Resources 302

Notes 305

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