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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books,U.S. (1 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583944443
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583944448
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mares142 on 17 Aug. 2012
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Sacred Pregnancy is one of the most beautiful books I have ever seen. Filled with beautiful pictures, inspiring quotes and priceless information, it is an absolute must-have. Not just for expectant mums, this book should be on the shelf of all those working in this area; Midwifes, Doulas, Childbirth Educators etc.

It encourages us to reconnect with our natural birthing instincts, with the power of women and the sacredness of pregancy and birth. It enables the expectant mother to grow and prepare spiritually as well as physically into her new role. An absolute gem.
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Imagine that your average pregnancy guide is the literary equivalent of having your midwife or consultant in your pocket. The sacred Pregnancy book and journal is the equivalent of carrying with a circle of women, who are all nurturing you and lifting you up in exaltation. These women are your friends and family , as well as your ancient ancestors, who encourage you to find your own birthing beauty and wisdom within.
This is a book to enjoy and savour, one which will guide you on your birth journey, with each of the 40 weeks of pregnancy having a theme of attached to it. But not your average themes such as analgesia in labour, or what to pack in your hospital bag, but themes which encourage you to search deep within yourself as you enter motherhood. Themes such as Birth art, Forgiveness, Empowerment and Sisterhood.
The poetic language and the beautiful accompanying images remind us of the sanctity and the emotional rite of passage that can and should be. Whilst the weekly journal prompts, creative activities and music pairings, encourage expectant mamas to make time to honour themselves over the course of their pregnancy.
For me, the Sacred Pregnancy book, brings us back to the essence of birth, with the mama and baby at the centre.

A wonderful book, not to be missed.
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I saw Sacred Pregnancy book when I was pregnant and back then I did not buy it.
The book called my attention from its beauty but when I had a peak view of it it looked more like a pregnancy journal,and I wanted to create one of my own cause I felt none of the ones I saw was my style of journaling... I can see now i just did not spend enough time with the book in my hands!
I love the way Anni gently guides and supports us,like a close girlfriend! we feel uplifted and loved,often reading exactly what we need to remember in that moment. I love the images,the space to journal (talk about holding space! This is the way to do it from afar!) and the resources,the websites,books,all suggestions,so nice to just receive the thread to follow on our own...
Definitely a gift to all my pregnant friends!
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Beautiful pictures...that's about it... 19 Nov. 2013
By Ale - Published on
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I was really expecting to be wowed by this book based on all the great reviews but instead I was extremely disappointed. I researched the author and apparently she's not even a doula or midwife, she's just a women who got together with two photographers and decided to a write a book with ideas adapted from the book "Birthing from Within" and illustrated them with beautiful pictures for profit. I went to the Sacred Pregnancy facebook page and was appalled. Like her book, her web-site is also very image driven and extremely shallow. But what really got to me was the level of cultural appropriation she is embedding into her retreats. She is taking other culture's traditions that women have practice for centuries and is turning them into commodities for profit. Very disrespectful and insulting. Anni Daulter is exerting her privilege in dangerous ways but doesn't seem to care because it is making her money. Furthermore, She host training retreats for women who want to become Sacred Pregnancy instructors at ridiculous prices (over $1000)...seriously, why would anyone pay over $1000 to learn how to decorate a candle and a stick? And it seems that most of these reviews are written by women who have taken the workshops and are now trying to establish businesses as Sacred Pregnancy instructors; hence the amazing reviews.

Anni Daulter promotes sisterhood, which I think is great. The sad part is that she wants people to pay for it...that's bs. Actually, I think is sad that women have to pay for someone to show love and care to them during her pregnancy and labor...that's not genuine's just business. Anni Doulter along with many others have are turning human kindness and love into a commodity to generate profit. True friendship, true sisterhood is given for free out of love not for profit.


This book is filled with beautiful pictures, if you are a photographer you'll be in love. I also like that this book focuses on journaling, facing fears and spirituality during pregnancy, which I believe is important and very helpful during pregnancy. I also like the emphasis on sisterhood--getting together with other pregnant women or friends in general is a great way to prepare oneself for pregnancy and parenthood.


The book is very general, watered down, and unauthentic. The author doesn't go into depth on any of the subjects. She focuses on making things look pretty and feel spiritual without giving any real substance. It also feels like an advertisement book- lots of book advertisements and references to expensive shops located in Los Angeles--not very helpful if you don't live in LA (and don't have the luxury to buy expensive unnecessary things). The author also assumes that her readers will be practicing attachment parenting-sleeping with your baby- but doesn't give any research on why one should consider this practice, which I find very irksome and takes away from the book. If she believes that a sleeping with your baby essential important she should state why not just assume that people are just going to do it because she said so. Actually the author doesn't give any evidence to validate any of her claims. Also the recipes that she provides are not good or nutritious. And as a mentioned before, most of these ideas are adapted from the book "Birthing from Within", very unauthentic.

All in all, Sacred Pregnancy is a pretty book filled with ideas on how to make your pregnancy journey look pretty and feel spiritual with beautiful pictures to serve as inspiration. However, it does not give you any good substantial information.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
If only I could I'd buy a stack to share with others! 23 July 2012
By PDX - Published on
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"Even if you've just given birth without this journal, it is a gem for your bookshelf.I had given birth just three weeks before its debut, yet I wanted this for my collection. Sacred Pregnancy, unlike other journals I've owned, goes beyond telling you what you may be feeling, or how big baby is, or what to ask your practitioner. The author does all that AND has prepared a visual feast for your eyes with its choice of textures, color, empowering photography, as well as recipes and journal space with tips and tools. My favorite is the questions that really turn your wheel and inspire you to bond with your baby, love yourself, believe in yourself, and what you think you'll do as a mother.

The photography is so stunning that in the nutritional section I was inspired to eat better. Although it does indulge your sweet and salty cravings also.

This is a book I wish I had before I gave birth the first time. It would have helped me truly prepare. I had the right idea that women do this all the time so I could I, but this journal would have aided my dilemma with my body image, change in romance, to 'can I really do this?' to "oh, that's right I'm going to be a mom!" It keeps your thoughts on track and is like a best friend who has been there and can help you prepare for the most empowering journey as a woman. I did it the hard way but I found my way none the less. This is a treasure I highly encourage you to purchase.

I gave it four stars because some of the recommendations (websites) were to pricy stores. Petunia Picklebottom to start. After she just said that our culture focuses quite a bit on the gear of the baby and preparations for excess rather than on preparing ourselves.

Although you can't please everyone, it does alienate anyone of an organized religion who chooses to avoid anything 'new agey'. This book is exactly MY taste but I though I'd throw it out there to be unbiased.

I encourage you to go into this open minded and purchase. It's priced very fair and it could be life changing.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
This book is a blessing, a true gift to any mother to be! 9 May 2012
By cheryl kindred - Published on
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I am a part of Maternally Yours (, a radio show hosted by four women that had the privilege of welcoming Anni onto our show as I was blessed with a live blessing way on the radio last night. The book was gifted to me by the Maternally Yours collective. I spent most of the day diving into this amazing book. It is BEAUTIFUL! I am so thankful to have this book as a loving companion for the last weeks of my pregnancy, helping me to focus my energy and to journal and celebrate becoming a mother of two.

Each week there are words of wisdom about what is happening with your body, your baby and your emotional journey. There are helpful tips and a focused journaling project. The topics are so special, each one honoring the journey into motherhood as a sacred, spiritual journey. The advice feels like it comes from a dear, TRUE friend... it is so genuine and just exactly what you need through pregnancy.

Another nurturing aspect of the book is how absolutely stunning it is! Each week's section is laid out with a beautiful, evocative photo that captures the essence of pregnancy as beautiful and special. The journey is just so beautifully captured by the photographers. Each week also comes with a mantra such as "love is stronger than fear" and "I can feel you and I am connected with you", and having those reminders each week for focusing, meditating and for comfort is just lovely.

I am so thankful to have received this book, and plan to let it nurture me into motherhood of two. You absolutely should let this book be your companion on your journey. I've read so many books on pregnancy, birth and motherhood as a doula and a mama. I've never found an ultimate book to pass on to newly pregnant friends, but this one will now be it. Thank you for such a needed and special book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful, inspiring book 19 Sept. 2012
By Crysta M. Parkinson - Published on
Format: Paperback
In this day and age of electronic books and online reading, sometimes it is nice to just hold and smell a truly beautiful book in your hands. It is an experience in itself - even before you get to the reading -to touch and feel a volume that houses within it a hint of significance.
For my money, Sacred Pregnancy definitely fits that bill. With gorgeous, inspiring photography and thick, brightly colored pages, there is just something about this book that makes you want to pick it up, find a quiet spot, and dig in. Once you do, you are certain to be inspired by the beautifully written prose inside.
The book takes on the role of journal through the months of pregnancy, offering mothers-to-be not just the standard advice and "what to expect," but deep insight into the spiritual and emotional side of this amazing time. Each week of pregnancy is celebrated with a new and interesting topic. Sections include Partner Energy, Nurture Yourself, Sexy Mama, Trust, and Nesting, among many other deeply personal and non-traditional areas to explore.
As an added benefit, you will find recipes from Daulter, a professional foodie, alongside book, film, and music selections to expand on topics that spoke to you as a reader. With a down-to-earth, easy writing style and plenty of room to journal your own thoughts, this book encourages creativity and reflection in a way few other resources available today can.
Sacred Pregnancy also helps mothers explore which birth options are right for her, and helps her to work through any fear or anxiety that may be hanging on as baby's arrival approaches. It also offers a place to record her own birth story, making this lovely book a keepsake for years to come.
This is truly a beautiful gift for any expectant woman, and a wonderful tool for doulas seeking to help their clients explore the inner process of pregnancy.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I wish this had been on my pregnancy reading list sooner. 10 Aug. 2012
By Jen - Published on
Format: Paperback
Most of my related reading material while pregnant has left me wanting. I've previously been unable to put my finger on exactly what I was looking for, but I believe this is it for me. It is not a guide to common medical maternity practices, comparisons of birthing locations, or list of ideas for coping with labor or fear of labor, which seems to be the categories that most pregnancy books can be placed in. Instead, it focuses on the psychological implications and spiritual notes to growing another life within your womb. It continually brought to mind Pam England's "Birthing From Within", but delivered something rather intangible and difficult to articulate that I kept unsuccessfully seeking from England's book.

If you are comfortable with a very loose, generalized sort of spiritual approach and looking for something that focuses on those less commonly addressed feelings that pregnancy may raise, read this book! To be fair, however, it may make you never uncomfortable to read if more new age spirituality concepts don't fit into your personal belief or value system. If you consider most pregnancy and birth books to be more technocratic in their view of the pregnant woman, this is somewhere on the opposite end of the spectrum with a very naturalistic approach to the female body and reproduction. It might not be for everyone, but I loved it!
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