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Practical ideas for handling pain and a more natural birth,
This review is from: Birth Skills: Proven pain-management techniques for your labour and birth (Paperback)
I gave birth without having an epidural and felt better equipped and more confident to do so for having read this book. I knew nothing about labour before, but knew I wanted to avoid a passive, medicalised experience if possible. I was also quite fearful, but I was able to put that aside.
You can't take the pain away of course, but the book gives you some ideas to try out to manage it (vocalizations, movement, music, mantras, scents, positions, stress balls, massage etc). I didn't use all of them, but at least had some resources ready to try. In my case, movement (stamping), vocalizations, stress balls and massage helped.
The book also explains the different stages of labour, what contractions are for ("helpful pain", "temporary pain") and how long they last, the different phases of labour and how ro approach each one. This takes some of the fear out of a pending labour and means you be able to face each contraction one by one.
Importantly, it has real cases so you go into labour being prepared for anything, knowing that the best laid plans cannot always be followed when it comes to childbirth.
Btw this book describes modern Australian hospitals with a humane and respectful approach to childbirth. If you give birth in a more traditional environment as I did, you may not have some of the hospital facilities available they describe (essential oils, fitness balls, stereo, adapted birthing stools, showers etc), but there are still some techniques you can apply wherever you have to give birth.