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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Thorsons (21 Jun 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007176848
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007176847
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 2.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr Gowri Motha is proud to present the Gentle Birth Method that aims to prepare mothers and fathers for a gentle birth.

The classes also include a hypnotic birth rehearsal to help mothers and fathers practise and understand the birth process mentally. This contributes greatly towards removing anxiety and installing confidence. During her twelve years within the NHS, Dr Motha observed the benefits of integrating Self Hypnosis and Visualisation classes for a gentle birth with complementary treatments into birth preparation, such as Reflexology, the Bowen Technique, Cranio- Sacral technique, Ayurveda and Alexander technique.

As part of her quest to help mothers to look forward to giving birth, she introduced water births into the NHS in the eighties. She was the first doctor to conduct a documented water birth within a London NHS hospital. Gowri and her close-knit team of complementary practitioners are dedicated to guiding mothers throughout their pregnancy by offering optimal treatments at the appropriate times during gestation. The Gentle Birth Method book was written so that mothers all over the world can read and follow the simple week-by-week programme given in the book and experience the benefits of gentle birth. The GBM book has an enthusiastic following here in the UK and in several countries worldwide.

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-Dr Motha inspires confidence and has great success in helping women to have the wonderful births that they had hoped for, because she has exceptional talent and is able to span the divide between conventional and alternative medicine.

-Mothers know that Gowri and her personally trained team will use the best of the West and the best of the East in order to help them have a wonderful healthy pregnancy and birth, which then results in a calm baby.

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There is an intelligence behind her advice that fills me with confidence.' Gabby Logan, The Times

About the Author

Dr Gowri Motha has worked as an obstetrician in London since 1981. After opening her practice, The Jeyarani Way, in 1987, she spent 15 years assimilating diverse therapies that became the basis of the Gentle Birth Method. She now works alongside the birthing unit at the prestigious St John and Elizabeth’s Hospital and the NHS are increasingly looking to incorporate her methods into their own obstetric programmes. She has helped various celebrities through their pregnancies, including Kate Moss, Sadie Frost and Elle McPherson.

Karen Swan MacLeod is a journalist who, as well as working as Senior Commissioning Editor at You Magazine, has contributed to titles including Sunday Times, the FT, Tatler and Vogue. She is a former patient of Dr Motha and has experienced the programme first-hand.

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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful By L. Haycox VINE VOICE on 19 Aug 2006
Format: Paperback
There's some sensible advice in this book, geared toward preparing mind and body for a natural and gentle birth.

The gist is - don't pig out on processed food and sugar or you'll pile on the weight and your baby will be too big resulting in a difficult birth. At worst you may get gestational diabetes. Be informed about the birth process and rehearse it mentally before the birth, then you will be calm and prepared and able to control your fear and anxiety. Learn self-hypnosis to help you relax and prepare your body for birth. Take various supplements and exercise to tone up your uterus. There's non-essential stuff around alternative therapies too.

I put a lot of this into practice, didn't gain too much weight and had a baby who was the right size for my physique at home with no pain relief in a fairly quick birth - I dilated fast and consistently. It still bloody hurt but the midwife was impressed with my calm and focus and I ascribe this to being extremely well prepared from listening to Gowri's self hypnosis CD most nights and not getting fat. At no point did I feel scared or over-whelmed.

I also drank the herbal tea and had some reflexology (though only in the third trimester) and who knows whether this had any effect - it made me feel like I was doing something positive so probably helped.

One thing I am dubious about is her recommendation that you cut wheat and dairy out of your diet, particularly after talking to a paediatrician friend who told me that some allergies in children can be traced to mothers cutting out wheat/dairy while pregnant and breastfeeding. In moderation seems more sensible.

I would recommend this book - it certainly helped me - I had the least stressful birth of all the mums from my antenatal group.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By G. Guest on 15 Jan 2009
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I read this book with my first child and it was difficult to follow the diet, I spent most of the time feeling guilty for not having the will of iron to go against every craving my body had. I did however try my best to stick to the diet most of the time and I had reflexology and healing and did the hypnosis pretty much everyday in the third trimester. I suppose, I really did think that by doing all of the above I would have a labour that was without pain. In a way, it was a form of denial, so that when the first real contractions hit I had the shock of my life. My labour was much longer than I had expected and it wasn't gentle, it ended in a ventuse delivery. Like one other reviewer, I felt I had done something wrong, I felt I had let myself and my baby down, when I hadn't had the gentle birth I had been so focused on. The book certainly has it's good points by all means buy it, but don't get too hung up on following someones rules, at the expense of tuning in to your body and listening to your intuition. I am pregnant again and this time, I will approach the whole thing more realistically, it may be gentle, it may hurt like hell but the great thing is I'll soon forget it all when I am holding my baby in my arms.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Sep 2005
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After reading other reviews, I bought this book with an open mind. There is a lot of useful information, but if you decide to follow it 100%, it is very time consuming and expensive. A must for alternative medicine followers, although there is no index so it is difficult to find a specific subject quickly. My book if full of turned corners and highlighted paragraphs.
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52 of 56 people found the following review helpful By A. Cornwell on 5 Sep 2006
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This is my pregnancy bible. I only came across it halfway through pregnancy, and it's still helped me immeasurably. By 20 weeks I'd put on 20lbs and felt stiff, achy, huge and miserable, dreading how much worse I was going to get. I took the advice in Gowri's book and now at 32 weeks, I'm exactly the same weight I was at 20 weeks, but toned, supple and healthy, and people are always raving about how well and in what good shape I look. All thanks to Gowri!

I cut out wheat/gluten and sugar, milk, etc. I haven't found I need a personal chef to cater for a gluten-free diet, as one reviewer complained: I just stopped buying bread, crumpets, wheat pasta, etc. I eat muesli with rice milk, corn crispbreads, avocados, quinoa, vegetables, prunes, figs, chicken, fish. Nothing out of the ordinary.

I haven't needed a fancy specialist food shop and I haven't forked out for fancy practitioners. Sainsbury's and Holland & Barrett have stocked the food I've needed. I get up early and do an hour of yoga every day (in the living room, to Shiva Rea's Pre-natal DVD), I walk briskly whenever I have to walk anywhere and I meditate last thing before bed to prepare my mind to relax for childbirth. I haven't had any creative healing, reflexology or homeopathy, but I don't feel I need to - the diet and yoga are enough to make me feel fabulous. I've gone from creaking and huffing and puffing to running up escalators and taking stairs two at a time again. My baby's fit and healthy, a good weight, moving a lot and my pregnancy is complication-free, and I can't ask for any more than that. I can't recommend this book enough.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. HURST on 17 July 2007
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Im 30 weeks pregnant and have been following this book since 6 weeks. Yes the book would benefit from an index but other than that i find the information clear and concise with relevant evidence supporting each recomendation.

Im the only one of my pregnant friends that has followed this book (despite me asking them to at least read about it) and so far so good, Ive had no ailments, no stretch marks no swollen joints. my baby is currently measuring perfectly on the fundal height chart. I am nearly half the size of a friend at a similar point in her pregnancy and have suffered no nausea or sickness at all

This book has really made me feel in control of my pregnany, and taken away any ignorance or preconceptions I may have had about the whole experience, Im weirdly actually looking forward to giving birth and meeting my child

So far i havent had any of the treatments, my husband does give me a few tummy massages a week. I do recommend the teas and the salt programme tho, and i think every mum should take MorDHA there are so many benefits to your child!
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