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Birthing from Within [Paperback]

Pam England , Rob Horowitz
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9 April 2007
Giving birth is the pivotal moment of a woman's life but it is often treated as a medical procedure, and not as a rite of passage in a couple's life. Childbirth is a moment that needs to honour nature where a woman comes to tap her own resources and come to know her own strenghs and resources, the self-discoveries made during pregnancy will make a birth life-enhancing and empowering for the future of a parent. Many birth classes teach from the 'outside', from the perspective of the professional, but knowledge of anatomy and the stages of labour can often seem irrelevant in the white heat of contraction. The pregnant woman needs to know about labour and birth from her own perspective, she needs to be prepared for 'birthing from within'. Pam England and Rob Horowitz have developed a multi-sensory and holistic approach to educating new mothers. At the core of their philosophy is the creation of birth art; drawing, painting or sculpture: the creative expression of the fears and hopes of parenthood. Making art is an opportunity for parents to reflect on what they know about childbirth, and what they need and want; it initiates discussion and prompts questions that lead parents to acknowledge the life they will lead after the birth. 'Birthing from within' provides a resource for overcoming pain during birth. Pain is an inevitable part of childbirth but pain coping techniques can be taught and can become part of the mother's daily life during pregnancy.

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Souvenir Press Ltd; Rev Ed edition (9 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0285637878
  • ISBN-13: 978-0285637870
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 13.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 284,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Helps parents-to-be to prepare emotionally and spiritually for
the birth of their child... an essential part of preparing for birth."
-- 'Pregnancy & Birth'

About the Author

Pam England is a midwife and a mother, who has twenty years experience in attending births and is the founder of the Art of Birthing Centre. Dr Rob Horowitz is a clinical psychologist, who specialises in family therapy.

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Spiritual and Educational Work of Art! 23 July 1998
By A Customer
"Birthing From Within" has something for everyone: practical advice for first-time pregnancies, things you ought to know (that you won't be told at the obstetrician's office), nutrition guidelines, and post-birth information on becoming a family.

The information on pain-techniques and birthing techniques is something I haven't run across in the many books I've read on childbirth. There are worksheets and reminder cards and wonderful ideas for creating birth art (even if you don't think you're artistically inclined)!

This book is creative enough not to be lumped in with the generic mainstream birthing books which basically ignore the spiritual side of birthing. It manages to balance the practical advice with the information that makes you cry, ponder, and look forward to the powerful experience of childbirth. This is a GREAT read!
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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After reading this book in one sitting, I'm convinced that England and Horowitz will replace the outdated, male-created birth methods of Lamazze and Bradley. Written by a midwife and her husband, a psychologist, these two take you into a powerful new way giving birth. Through art therapy, creative visualization and a focus on Zen, these two give birthing back to women. Their method is not only inspiring, but empowering. I highly recommend this book to not only pregnant women, their partners, but also to OB/GYNs, midwives and doulas who want to connect in a deeer, more satisfying way with their pregnant patients. A thousand hurrahs to England and Horowitz for finally allowing women and their partners to experience childbirth preparation as an exciting, fascinating, thrilling and soul-searching experience.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly wonderful- the BEST birthing book 4 Jan 2007
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I credit this book with my enormously positive birth experience. It led me from terrified first time pregnant girl to empowered birth giving woman. I picked it up first when 4 months pregnant and dumped it again thinking it was far too way out- it was the belly cast party that put me off! But picked it up again nearer to the birth and created some birth art that means so much to me and used it to prepare psychologically and emotionally for the birth, something which we have so little help in doing in our medicalised birth culture. I give it to every friend I know who is pregnant- it is passionate, inspiring and real. I am so grateful that someone was capable of writing a book that truly acknowledges all aspects of the birthing process and counteracts the fear which surrounds it.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive and thoughtful 9 Nov 1998
By A Customer
I have been a CNM for twenty years and read every childbirth book ever published. In all that time I never found a book that reflected my philosophy and encouraged women, although Kitzinger came close. Finally, after all this time, Pam England has done it.
If for no other reason than the chapter, Stand and Deliver, every birthing woman should read this book. England is realistic-no promises of virtually painless birth if you follow her directions-and positive about the formidable powers of birthing women.
Read, enjoy the feelings that this affirmation of powers envokes, and birth wisely.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
After a traumatic first delivery 2 yrs ago I found myself getting increasingly stressed throughout my second pregnancy. I bought this book at about 35 weeks gestation and read it in a few days. I gave birth naturally to a healthy baby girl 2 days ago and I feel so happy and positive about this birthing experience. The book gave me an understanding of other peoples' experiences and fear and a new found confidence to attend the hospital without the word epidural tattooed to my forehead. Obviously if circumstance determines that medical intervention be required that is 100% the way to go. The book supports this but natural childbirth has possibly been one of the most amazing experiences I've ever had and without the book, pregnancy yoga, my husband and my midwife I wouldn't have chosen it as an option. If you are reading this you may well be facing the fear too. I wish you the very best whatever is right for you. Good luck!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful up to a point 23 Jan 2010
... and the point is postnatal.

I feel this book has something really worthwhile to offer anyone expecting a baby which they may not get elsewhere. It goes beyond information and skills to tapping into the spiritual and creative but in a very accessible inclusive way.

What lets the book down dreadfully is the section on feeding which states categorically that all babies need to learn how to take a bottle which is completely untrue. Even babies who must experience some maternal separation may not need to be fed with a bottle and for a variety of reasons, introducing a bottle carries risks. I struggle to understand why this opinionated ill informed section has been included.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for fans of natural birthing 4 May 2002
By A Customer
This book touches on the areas that expectant mothers are often to afraid to discuss, as well as light-hearted instruction on creative projects (e.g. making a pregnant belly cast!). It gives outstanding advice on dealing with empowerment, pain control, self expression and many others subjects that fans of natural birth will encounter. This book is worth it's weight in gold just for the chapter on pain-management alone.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The reassurance I was seeking 12 Dec 2006
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I've accumulated quite a library in trying to understand what I might expect in having my first child. I've read quite a range, but still felt like I wasn't clear on what actually happens - it all felt very medically explained, but didn't tell me what I might feel emotionally and physically, nor did I feel confident that I was getting to whole story. This book was easy to read, and is orientated from the point of view of how the mother giving birth (and her birth partner) may experience labour and birth. Hence, birthing from within. I feel that I have a realistic, but not fearful expectation of what is likely to happen, and importantly, the tips, preparation and information given in this book help you to understand how to build your own way of dealing with and having the best possible birth experience for you. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another must have in your active birth library
Another must have in your active birth library - Pam focuses on spiritual,emotional and physical aspect of pregnancy and birthing all in one book, following in the footsteps of... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Hanna
4.0 out of 5 stars really helpful
if you're hoping for a natural birthing experience but also curious of other options you may still need/want when it comes down to it, this is the book for you. Read more
Published 10 months ago by toblerone
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for all aspects of natural childbirth
Book covered many angles of childbirth and parental preparation, and help inspire me to have my second child at home and naturally this time.
Published 19 months ago by Jackie
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
I have loved this book. I've enjoyed reading it, but, most important, it has helped my hubby to understand the experience of giving birth on a different level than the mere... Read more
Published on 28 Jan 2012 by Dierna
5.0 out of 5 stars Great new perspectives
Loved this book. Really easy to read. The focus is on what is good for Mum and inner thoughts & feelings for a pregnancy and birth (usually after a traumatic or powerless hospital... Read more
Published on 12 Nov 2011 by mum&teacher
5.0 out of 5 stars unburdening our reactions
This book breaks all the rules and makes us realise that if we say DONT DROP IT! all the child hears is drop it! Read more
Published on 3 Nov 2011 by Willow
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent companion to pregnancy
Very good book with loads of insights to pregnancy and birth. There are no particular methods of preparing for labour rather the book is concentrating on mums emotional preparation... Read more
Published on 8 Jan 2011 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Every woman should read this
I was given this book by my midwife. It basically tells how birth is an entirely natural process and the majority of births are more traumatic than they need to be because women... Read more
Published on 24 Jun 2010 by K. Schneider
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