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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Pinter & Martin Ltd.; 1 edition (16 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780660405
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780660400
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 1.5 x 18.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 176,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Susanna Heli, a mother of two, has worked for many years giving emotional support to women and their partners during birth. She is an experienced doula and physiotherapist, specialising in psychosomatics, pregnancy and birth. Susanna gives lectures and educates midwives in universities and hospitals and runs birth preparation classes for mothers and their partners. She writes articles for magazines and midwifery books, and trains doulas and instructors in confident birth.

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"Realistic but inspiring, with lots of breathing exercises. There's also a really good birth partner section. The book finishes with everything you'll need to remember during labour - ideal for mums-to-be..." Pregnancy & Birth Magazine, February 2013

About the Author

Susanna Heli, a mother of two, has worked for many years giving emotional support to women and their partners during birth. She is an experienced doula and physiotherapist, specialising in psychosomatics, pregnancy and birth. Susanna gives lectures and educates midwives in universities and hospitals and runs birth preparation classes for mothers and their partners. She writes articles for magazines and midwifery books, and trains doulas and instructors in confident birth.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tonks on 16 Jan. 2013
Format: Paperback
A fantastic book! It is a small book that does not look intimidating to pregnant mums (unlike some books out there) but it is absolutely packed full of confidence increasing and knowledge building information. The front cover sets the tone for the whole book, the amazing feeling of overwhelming love and relief when your baby is first put into your arms, just amazing, you can feel it radiating from the cover alone!
Heli's writing style is easy to read and conversational, scattered with birth stories to inspire and back up her points. The sections are short with summaries at the end so you could read this book quickly or easily dip in and out of it for key points. Split into 3 key sections the book covers: Birth, Tools to help in labour and Support - what others can do to support.
I have had 2 children, one by caesarean and one by vbac and I really wish that I had read this book before my labours, it would have instilled a lot more confidence in my body and my decisions may have been a lot different. This book really gives you some great tools to help with natural labour and also gives fantastic information to the person supporting the Mum in labour - information very rarely found in other literature.
All in all a fantastic book, a must read for all pregnant women and birthing partners.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eleonora on 30 Oct. 2012
Format: Paperback
I like everything of this book! The `cute' size, the concise length, the smart chapters' division, and the inspiring content! It is a wonderful resource to understand and become familiar with the journey that giving birth is. I would highly recommend this book to every expectant mum as well as friends or family that may be present at birth (a chapter is dedicated to them) or indeed to doulas or any practitioner supporting pregnancy and birth. It is a very practical book. The most amazing gifts the author gives in this book are the 4 tools you can use to make birth the most comfortable and empowering experience you can have or witness. It is a must have book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Hall on 7 Nov. 2012
Format: Paperback
Confident Birth is an attractive book with a well-argued premise that empowering women with confidence in their own bodies and a good understanding of what happens during birth is a deeply positive move. Heli asks why we should be so afraid of childbirth, when maternity care has never been better; she focuses on the modern expectation of painless instant gratification in a consumer society, and explores the role of pain in labour, to help women develop tools and strategies for listening to their bodies and making positive decisions.

The first section of the book explores our attitude to pain and childbirth, with some exercises for the pregnant women, and short birth stories to illustrate her points. The second section offers four tools for coping with pain in labour, and the third section offers useful guidelines for the support person.

Confident Birth is aimed at the pregnant woman who wishes to prepare herself for a positive experience of birth. It uses language of empowerment and trust in the body and the instincts. It skirts the mystical, and while occasionally idealising labour (for example, describing it as "something to deepen our emotional intelligence" p.19), Heli does not demonise intervention. The gentle, encouraging tone makes it highly suitable for expectant parents; there is a good clear description of what labour is actually like, including physical and emotional sensations, and what the woman might need at different stages. It would also make an excellent handbook for a birth doula.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. Cleary on 20 Feb. 2013
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As a fellow doula and book reviewer who had never heard of Susanna Heli, I was really intrigued when this book landed on my door mat. I instantly found the book a joy to look at, to read, to flick through, and to return to. Susanna's style is comforting without ever being patronising, and her tone is confident and clear. I think the real success of this book is its accessibility. The tools and coping strategies she suggests are easy to implement - whatever walk of life the woman comes from, and whatever setting she has her baby in. I have recommended this book to Doula UK members and have a feeling I will be buying several copies over the years. I love this book!
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I read this book from cover to cover in just a few days. I loved the size of the book, the layout and writing style which was so easy to read and understand. Susanna Heli has succeeded in creating a book which really helps raise confidence and trust in your body as a birthing woman helping us to get back in touch with our bodies and have faith in their ability to give birth naturally. I used hynobirthing during the birth of my son which made a huge difference and my experience was amazing (after having been petrified of the whole process!)

A lot of the techniques of hypnobirthing are echoed in Susanna's book but there are additional elements added in and I thought the use of sounds are verbalisations were fantastic and I could so see how they would have been useful to me had I known about them. The book is separated in sections with a few introductory chapters which explain about the importance of confidence and activating the calming/relaxing system in the body. The physical process of birth is also explained. Susanna then goes on to identify 4 techniques that can be used in labour. There is also information for the support person and real life stories and examples.

The book is not advocating no pain relief during labour, but rather talks about using what's available but also drawing on your own bodies huge ability to calm, soothe and relive pain itself. The author is a mother of two who works as a doula and also spent time as a nursing assistant on maternity wards. She is also a physiotherapist specialising in pregnancy and birth and delivers lectures to midwifery students.
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