The Calm Birth Method: Your Complete Guide to a Positive Hypnobirthing Experience

The Calm Birth Method: Your Complete Guide to a Positive Hypnobirthing Experience

by Suzy Ashworth

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Overview

Discover tried-and-tested techniques to help you relax during labour, so that you can work with your body for an empowering, positive birth.Birth is a natural and normal event and, while it can be unpredictable, this book will show you how you can make it a gentle and enjoyable experience. In The Calm Birth Method, hypnobirthing expert Suzy Ashworth helps you to build confidence in your body and its abilities, and shares practical techniques to support you so that, no matter what happens, you feel prepared.Walking you and your birth partner through the whole process of birth preparation, Suzy explores: •Why many women feel so scared of giving birth and how to eliminate these fears during pregnancy •How relaxing your mind and body during birth transforms your physiology •Practical tools and techniques to promote deep relaxation and mindfulness •How to unify birth partners and care providers, to ensure the birthing environment is stress-free and has the most conducive set up for a calm and relaxing birth •Breathing techniques and visualizations to help with the sensations of birthTake the power back into your own hands so that you can learn to trust your body, and look forward to welcoming your child into the world with confidence.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781781808467
Publisher: Hay House Inc.
Publication date: 07/04/2017
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 481,826
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Suzy Ashworth is an author, pregnancy coach, mentor, and TEDx speaker. She discovered hypnobirthing during the pregnancy and birth of her first child, but it wasn't until she enjoyed her second home water birth that she left her corporate job and started teaching other women how to give birth calmly and positively. Suzy founded The Calm Birth School, the world's first video based hypnobirthing program, helping thousands of women across six different continents. www.thecalmbirthschool.com

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

Introduction: No Vagina Whispering xi

How to Use This Book xix

Chapter 1 What Is Hypnobirthing? 1

Chapter 2 An Introduction to Relaxation 13

Chapter 3 The Biology Bit 33

Chapter 4 Taking Control: Do the Work 47

Chapter 5 Creating a Positive Birth Environment 55

Chapter 6 Choosing Your Care 65

Chapter 7 Communicating with Your Care Providers 73

Chapter 8 Preparing for Labour and Birth 81

Chapter 9 Your Birth Partner's Role 95

Chapter 10 Induction and Special Circumstances 107

Chapter 11 Caesarean Birth 123

Chapter 12 Signs of Early Labour 127

Chapter 13 Positions for Labour 137

Chapter 14 Active or Established Labour 143

Chapter 15 Coping with Distractions 147

Chapter 16 What Happens Once You're with Your Care Provider? 157

Chapter 17 Second-Stage Labour 167

Chapter 18 Transition and Crowning 173

Chapter 19 Your Baby's Here! 177

Conclusion: Moving Forwards 183

Postscript 187

References 197

Additional Support and Resources 199

Appendix I The Calm Birth School Breathing Techniques at a Glance 203

Index 207

About the Author 213

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