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The Gentle Birth Method: The Month-by-Month Jeyarani Way Programme by [Motha, Dr. Gowri, Swan MacLeod, Karen]
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There is an intelligence behind her advice that fills me with confidence.' Gabby Logan, The Times

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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 339 pages
  • Publisher: Thorsons (27 Mar. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003E7WJM8
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 59 customer reviews
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I purchased this book in my second month of pregnancy, and overall, I think it is a superb book for a mum to be. I felt very strongly about researching as much as I could about giving birth and what my options would be. I wanted to retain as much control as possible so that I didn't fall into blind panic, and this book really helped me prepare.

The diet is fairly easy to follow in my opinion. Cut out a lot of unnecessary carbs, such as bread and white, beige food (already known to be bad for you). It gives a list of food to avoid such as preserved meats, red meat, and certain fruits that are high in sugar like mangoes. Good foods include brown rice, steamed veg, chicken, pears, fish etc. i tried to stick to the guidelines as much as possible, although I struggled to cut out sugar completely as I developed one helluva sweet tooth during pregnancy.

I tried to incorporate yoga as the book suggested. Although I like the idea of yoga in theory, in practice I find it very boring, and so I wasn't the best student. I stayed as active as I could though - brisk walks, always walked up escalators, took the stairs instead of the lift.

A lot of the recommendations could be expensive. Who has time and money for reflexology every week? Plus hypnobirthing classes or Jeyerani practices? I didn't incorporate hardly any of these practices (one reflexology appt at 40 weeks), neither did I do many of the visualisation techniques.

The book recommends massaging the perinueum, which I did from 35 weeks onwards with a little oilve oil after a bath each night.

The book recommends a few homeopathic herbs to take.
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I bought this book fairly late on in my pregnancy (around 35 weeks) as I was looking into ways to help with labour and having read it fairly thoroughly it does feel a bit like an advert for Dr Motha's products and workshops which left a slight bitter taste in my mouth. I didn't spend money to be advertised to in this manner ie, I think all the 'positive' stories featured in the book are from women who attended Dr Motha's workshops.

There are some useful bits of information in the book and I would probably have benefitted more if I hadn't already been eating a healthy, balanced diet (albeit one with wheat and dairy), exercising 3-5 x weekly, practising hypnobirthing and deep relaxation techniques and having regular reflexology.
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It was a good and helpful book to have throughout my first pregnancy but to be honest I found it quite challenging to follow it to the letter. Considering all the treatments and supplements I was supposed to get/needed, I would need to have lots of money to spare which I didn't. Also the diet is very strict. However, I did pick some advice from it and think that it did help me to prepare for birth and to enjoy my pregnancy.
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I bought this book as a guide to a natural pregnancy and birthing experience and wanted to prepare my mind and body as much as possible to support the home birth we aspire to have. Although I am not following every aspect of the program/guidance within the book, it has given us really good advice. More importantly, this book has given us the positive attitude towards natural childbirth which we wanted so much. In a society where labour is often seen as a negative/medical experience, this book gave us much strength to do things differently and in our own way which is a lot more natural, instinctive and comfortable.
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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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Terrible book with dated advice. Very little evidence for her claims - she says eating fresh mango, grapes and banana are bad! It's fresh fruit for goodness sake! The advice is so prescriptive, so lacking in evidence other than her own (limited) observations, that i think it's a little dangerous. Why should i feel guilty for eating a little cake when i feel like it? And I love mango.

I have been down the natural therapy road, and do believe it has its value, diet and exercise are very important in maintaining health, and why not try simpler natural remedies before trying something more clinical? But ancient remedies, including Indian Ayurveda, has limited value, the reality is that infant and maternal mortality was (and still is) very high without modern medicine. And some herbs can be very strong.

MOtha advises self-hypnosis for relaxation and massage (all fine), but her dietary advice and herbal remedy advice is questionable.

There are better natural birth-prep books out there (Katharine Graves isn't bad). There is just too much hokum in this one,
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I bought this book on the recommendation of one of my clients. When I scanned through it seemed to have a lot of very useful information - and it does. Where it falls short is that there is not index to take you direct to a specific topic. For instance if you particularly wanted to know about the recommended tissue salts then you have to either know where it is in the book or scoure the book - you cannot go to an index and quickly find that specific topic. Basically you have to read to book from cover to cover and put tabs on the pages that are of particular interest or use so not that user friendly. More importantly there is a huge error in the book which is quite serious - she refers to the tissue salts in the dose of 6c - it should read 6x. These doses are significantly different - 6c is much higher than 6x!!! I think the book needs to be seriously reviewed.
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