Birthing from Within: An Extra-Ordinary Guide to Childbirth Preparation by Pam England, Cnm, MaBirthing from Within: An Extra-Ordinary Guide to Childbirth Preparation by Pam England, Cnm, Ma

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

byPam England, Cnm, Ma, Rob Horowitz, Phd

Paperback | July 1, 1998

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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 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.
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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Title:Birthing from Within: An Extra-Ordinary Guide to Childbirth PreparationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:331 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.83 inPublished:July 1, 1998Publisher:Partera PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0965987302

ISBN - 13:9780965987301

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite Birthing book I loved this book. I loved the meditations and excersises. I read it and re-read it throughout my pregnancy. I still reach for it for inspiration in my prenatal yoga classes
Date published: 2017-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WONDERFUL I am pregnant with my second child and have now read Birthing From Within about 4 times! The first half of the book is an interesting read, the first time around, but can be skipped if read again. It is mostly about birth art but many of the stories related to it are very descriptive and at many time heartwarming. My favorite parts were about Laborland and pain management techniques. The way labor is described is almost dead on (for me at least) and very encouraging. I greatly enjoyed the various pain technique options they described as well. All in all, a great companion to natural child birth. I have recommended it to many women and will continue to do so, for many years to come
Date published: 2010-10-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Horrible The book is not for everyone. Couldn't read it from cover to cover. Wasn't engaging. The first part is about birth art. The second and third part I didn't even read. Love the information about taking control of your own birth and owning up to your own birth but when the options aren't available for you (when you live in a remote area), the information does not apply. Love the empowerment message it gives to women about pain relief and stories of the olden days when cave men/ladies gave birth and had to deal with no prenatal care, book is not worth buying.
Date published: 2010-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read Everyone who wants to take charge of their own birth experience should read this book. That said....it's not for everyone. For some, the ideal birth is having someone else call the shots. That wasn't for me. Birthing from within helped me find my voice.. and have the birth experience I wanted. It makes you search inside yourself to find the strength..instead of relying on others... and drugs. I loved it.
Date published: 2009-12-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Truly dreadful. I picked up this book because I believed based on other people's recommendations that it would have information and education on managing labour and childbirth. What I found: The first 1/3 of the book is dedicated to the concept of "birth art". The last 2/3 is short chapters on how the medical establishment really just wants to tie you to a table and cut you open, complete with "birth art" illustrations of how people have felt "violated" by doctors and hospitals. I have returned to this book several times and I have yet to find any actual useful techniques for managing labour that didn't have an undertone of "watch out for the nurses/doctors/everyone else, because they'll have the scalpel at the ready!" If you are a practical person who truly wants to learn what is going to happen in labour and techniques to mange it, this book is not going to help you at all. In terms of preparing for labour and childbirth, I'm finding the Bradley books far more helpful and calming, with actual techniques, exercises, and explanations about what is happening to your body.
Date published: 2009-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truly Inspiring This book is a must for any mother to be; whether first time or a veteran birther. If you are looking for a book that acknowledges the spirituality of birth and helps you learn about yourself and your baby; this is the book for you. This book does not focus on the fear facts of pregnancy, but encourages you to believe in yourself and your inner power to know your body and your your ability to birth. There is no guilting, only knowledge and preparation. This book was my baby bible.
Date published: 2007-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A MUST READ if your pregnant I was a little daunted about reading this book but I am sooo glad that my widwife pushed me to read it. It has totally changed my view on my pregnancy and empowered me. It was so amazing to read how other women felt and know that I am not alone in how I was feeling. I have received alot of important information out of it adn it has really helped me. Anyone who has ANY fears about giving birth MUST read this book. It will help you out sooo much.
Date published: 2006-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Birthing From Within AMAZING. The most powerful book available for women experiencing a first or multiple pregnancy. It touches the soul, mind and heart of the issue and allows women and their partners to explore the experience of pregnancy, labour and early parenting on a holistic level. This is the book I buy for friends and that I counted on in my pregnancy.
Date published: 2004-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book!! This book changed my entire birth experience. It is filled with wonderful ways to celebrate pregnancy and birth as well as so many insights to make your birth a wonderful experience!! I highly recommend this book!!
Date published: 2002-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Birthing From Within Birthing From Within is a fantastic book written for birthing women. It will also appeal to people who support women through pregnancy. It is a book for all women, those who choose to birth in the comfort of their home, at a hospital or birth center. Pam England touches on topics that many avoid, she encourages women and their families to get in touch with the emotional side a birth...the most important side! It is written in a language that all will understand and encourages women to be true to themselves. It also has great birth art and great instructions on how to make a belly mask! It is truly a great read!
Date published: 2001-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Childbirth Book This book takes childbirth to a whole new level. It blends humour with serious discussion of all areas of pregnancy and labour to give the reader a fun and informative read. FIVE STARS!!!!!!
Date published: 2001-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What every pregnant woman should read! Wow! What a great book! Every expectant parent, childbirth educator and caregiver can take from this book a new insight or technique to empower women through birthing. Well written and really fun to read. Whether it is a first baby, or 3rd, planned unmedicated or medicated birth, there is something in here for you. I picked up a copy one day, started browsing through it (caught by the unusual artwork and layout) and found that I couldn't put it down. Ms England's insights and new ideas or new way of presenting some old ideas was refreshing and thought provoking. I talked about the book with friends and found that one had finally been able to process her cesarean birth after reading this book. I would highly recommend this book (in case you couldn't already tell).
Date published: 1999-02-20

From Our Editors

Birthing From Within is a holistic approach to childbirth. It explores the birth process as an experience of self-discovery, rather than a medical event. Exercises and activities such as journal writing, meditation and painting will help mothers-to-be analyze their thoughts and face their fears during this important time. It also offers techniques for coping with labour pain without drugs, a discussion of the doctor or midwife's role and a look at the father's part.

Editorial Reviews

“Deeply thought out and derived from experience.” —Mothering Magazine