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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Souvenir Press Ltd (9 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0285637711
  • ISBN-13: 978-0285637719
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 2.3 x 21.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Simple but specific hypnosis, relaxation and breathing techniques for an
easier birth... enjoy the experience of birth." -- 'Junior Pregnancy & Birth'

"Any normal, low-risk pregnancies can use the exercises outlined
in this book... leading to a peaceful birth."
-- 'I'm Pregnant'

About the Author

"My dream is that every woman, everywhere, will know the joy of a truly safe, comfortable and satisfying birthing." Marie Mongan. Marie Mongan is the founder of the HypnoBirthing programme and has helped over 10,000 couples to change their lives through its practice.

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Ms. E. Holt on 7 Aug. 2009
Format: Paperback
I was sceptical when I finished reading the book but as my nearerst hospital was so overcrowded I decided to go with it and aim for a water birth at home. I listened to the CD whenever I could and it helped me relax throughout my pregnancy. To be honest I expected it to not be a massive help during the labour as I hadn't done classes but I couldn't have been more wrong. When my contractions started I bunged my ipod on along with my tens machine and listened to the CD again and again. I wasn't aware that I had got into a hypnotised state because the pain was still intense but by the time the midwives got to me I had got to 8cm dilated with no pain relief and was ready to get into the birth pool and go for it. I had gas and air which was a god send and I was in labour for 9 hours. I truly believe the hypnobirthing/ home birth (no stressful moving around to get to hospital) and birth pool combination can really work.
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189 of 218 people found the following review helpful By Hello on 9 Feb. 2011
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Supporters of this book will all insist that it should be used in conjunction with a course, and this is true, because you can't do hypnotherapy from a page. However, it should also be pointed out that hypnobirth courses are expensive, to the tune of several hundred pounds. This is a business as much as a book. You can use a similar method with Natal Hypnotherapy for much less money. (Although Natal Hynotherapy isn't without its faults either.)

As to the book itself - well, be a little wary. Some of it is basic common sense: the more fearful you are, the more intensely you will experience pain. Breathing and visualisation can relax you. This is all perfectly true and reasonable.

Some of it is rather affected by the idea of other cultures being 'Noble Savages' - it doesn't use that phrase, but it's very starry-eyed about how other cultures don't use pain relief as if that's always good for the woman, which is just not the case: some women in cultures without medical pain relief have a terrible time. It's also rather judgmental about using pain relief, which is not good news if your birth turns out to be difficult, because generally speaking women who used pain relief are women who found the pain unbearable and will be feeling emotionally fragile as it is.

An important fact can be seen in the opening chapters: the author found that with relaxation, she was able to bear her own children with little pain and distress. Okay, so that speaks to the value of her method, but it also speaks to the fact that she found childbirth comparatively easy: she didn't have to deal with a labour that went on for days, or had the baby in the wrong position, find her labour stalled, or generally speaking had problems that would make things more painful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By NLDL on 13 Nov. 2014
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Worked well for me, enabling me to remain calm and zone out from the pain a bit. Nice to see an approach to childbirth which does not insist it will be awful. A little crazy hippy at the beginning- examples of birth stories on a commune, but very accessible. There is a bit of a tone of mistrust of medical professionals, but it is from an American perspective where there is loads of medical intervention. Here the NHS is much more supportive of non-medical coping mechanisms.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AVB HAZELTON on 13 Feb. 2013
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I didn't get an opportunity to use this for a natural birth as I'd hoped but the techniques were still so useful during the entire labour & birth process.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By magleigh on 30 April 2014
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Insight into breathing techniques were good to practice
Would be nice to know how to access tapes and music etc
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MISS SONYA M STOREY on 19 Jan. 2014
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Very interesting read, designed to be used alongside the course but plenty to gain if unable to attend the course. I have ended up buying separate audio set by a different author as unfortunately this book doesn't come with one.
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Calista on 16 Mar. 2008
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I read this book and attended a course when I was pregnant, and had the most incredible birth. Imagine getting to 8cm without knowing it and to the amazement of midwives. My birth was comfortable, exhilerating and wonderful. I'd recommend this book to everyone.
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Excellent reading for anyone keen to pursue a natural birth with confidence and to be thoroughly informed on how the body can achieve this without fear or unnecessary intervention. I will be recommending it to my cients.
Alison Grunwald (Doula UK recognised birth and postnatal doula, London).
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