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  • Paperback: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Churchill Livingstone (22 Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0702030554
  • ISBN-13: 978-0702030550
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 2.6 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 344,900 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Suzanne Yates,
Body-worker and birth educator,
BA (Hons), DipHSEC, MRSS(T), APNT, PGCE
I started writing my books when I realised that the literature I wanted my students to have didn't exist!! So I had to produce my own. It has also been a way of developing my work: especially with my last book for therapists. For this book (Pregnancy and Childbirth) I worked with others in the field: both the more orthodox such as midwives and obstetricians and the more complementary such as acupuncturists and osteopaths. As I teach in many places, including in French and Spanish, or German with translation, I would love for more of my books to be translated into other languages so that more of my students can benefit from them. I plan to write more books for parents and books on health: integrating my understanding of the power of the energy work of the meridians with my more conventional knowledge of the body. I hope you enjoy my books and any feedback is always welcome.
My 3 books:
- "Shiatsu for Midwives" published by Elsevier in 2003 has proved popular amongst therapists.
Translated in French under the title "Shiatsu et grossesse" (Testez éditions 2009), in German under the title "Shiatsu fűr Schwangerschaft und Geburt" Urban & Fischer 2007) and in Italian under the title "Shiatsu per la gestante e per il neonate" (Edizione Red! 2009);
- "Beautiful Birth" is primarily for parents but a useful tool for practitioners in their work with parents (Carroll and Brown 2008),
Translated in Czech under the title "Zdravé Těhotenství A Přirozen Parody" (Computer Press 2009) and
- "Pregnancy and childbirth; a holistic approach to massage and bodywork" (Elsevier 2010).
I continue to work with mothers as well as professionals and this guides me to deepen my r knowledge. I work with women trying to conceive as well as women going through the menopause. My passion lies with integrating eastern and western approaches to offer a complete health care system for women at all stages of their lives.
I served on the National Health Service Maternity Services Liaison Committee from 1995-2000 and was involved with a practice audit on shiatsu for post-term pregnancy at her local maternity unit in Bristol, published 2005.
In addition to a degree, I hold diplomas in shiatsu and therapeutic massage, a postgraduate certificate in teaching and have trained in antenatal and postpartum exercise with Elizabeth Noble ( Boston, USA).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By joannaclloyd on 12 Feb. 2011
Format: Paperback
I attended my first course with Suzanne over 6 years ago and have been a fan of hers ever since. Her knowledge and expertise around pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period and specifically how shiatsu, massage and bodywork can assist is amazing.

I have both books Suzanne has previously written, but this one tops the lot. There is not as many pictures in this book but the content is phenomenal.

The book is broken into different sections:
Part 1:
The Western approach for pregnancy, labour and postpartum looks at aspects such as physiology and anatomy, stages of labour and situations for each of the stages.
The Eastern approach looks at shiatsu and how energy's change and can be effected during each stage.

Part 2:
The practical bodywork during pregnancy, labour and postpartum covers massage, shiatsu, exercise, lymphatic work and the list goes on.

This book is a must whether you are attending one of Suzanne's courses or you work with pregnant clients, you will not be sorry investing in this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Avni Osteo on 16 Feb. 2011
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The preface offers the vision for this book to be a `Bible' for bodyworkers, akin to Mayes in the field of midwifery. The humble suggestion is that it is a starting point, from where further development can occur. The author Suzanne Yates is known for setting up `Well mother' which integrates shiatsu, massage, ante and post natal exercise/education, infant massage, and relaxation. Her latest book is suggested to be appropriate for massage, shiatsu, yoga, osteopathy and pilates. It is an impressive project as it courageously tries to bridge eastern and western thinking, as well as include comment from the leading people in a variety of fields. Although aimed at practitioners, it is versatile and mainly jargon-free and thus suitable for anyone with an interest in pregnancy and childbirth. The approach manages to be both conservative and forward-thinking. Techniques that could be used in labour and the postpartum period are diligently detailed, with clear diagrams and photography. The use of touch as powerful communication without words is outline, whilst still respecting a hands-off approach to labour. It's hard to be objective with a book that I found useful, enjoyable to read and inspiring. It fits with a utopian view of pregnancy care being integrated across professions as well as a balance between care and knowledge.
Many thanks,
Avni Trivedi
osteopath and cranial osteopath.
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By Shiatsulu on 12 Feb. 2011
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Here is a reference book that is long awaited by many, and our patience has been rewarded with a remarkable volume that is filled to bursting with the information needed to answer every possible query in the domain of Holistic Maternity Care. With nearly 400 pages of practical information, photographs, diagrams, tables and case histories it is an awesome resource. One of the things that impressed me most about this book is the scope and practicality of it. For example there is a useful section on the medical approach to labour, where interventions are covered in a non judgemental and factual manner, showing what they are, what are the benefits, what are the drawbacks, and what are the implications of these for us as practitioners. Here we see an illustration of Suzanne's gift for a truly integrated approach to using Shiatsu in pregnancy. She shows us how we can effectively combine what a Shiatsu practitioner or massage therapist has to offer, within the framework of medical care and a woman's own choices.

This is Suzanne's third book, coming hot on the heels of last year's Beautiful Birth. Each book is different in nature, relevant to its purpose. Where Beautiful Birth is a friendly, accessible book aimed at guiding couples through shiatsu and self-care techniques, Pregnancy and Childbirth is entirely geared to supporting the professional practitioner with information that is not only comprehensive, but also clinically and theoretically thorough and accurate. There can be no doubt that we have here a gem of a resource, unique in its field. It deserves pride of place on our bookshelves, and for me personally, for a good while to come, on my bedside table.
Lucy Trend
MRSS(T)
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