The Good Birth Companion: A Practical Guide to Having the Best Labour and Birth Paperback – 5 May 2011
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"A warm reassuring guide to having a baby" (Mother & Baby)
"Expert tips for a smooth B-day" (Prima Baby & Pregnancy)
"Nicole takes the fear out of labour and birth in this empowering and practical guide" (Green Parent)
"All the information and resources you need to give birth safely to your baby" (Families)
"A great one-stop shop of information and ... one of the best "how to books" on the market" (Juno)
The book that all mothers-to-be should read to ensure they have the best labour and birth, written by one of Janet Balaskas' most experienced Active Birth Associates.See all Product Description
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In short here is what I liked best:
1. It focused on how brain functions during different phases of labour and how a woman and her partner can help maintain a certain state of mind which is best for labor.
2. The book was non-judgmental and was sympathetic towards all kinds of births: natural birth, medical birth with pain killers and cesarean births. She stressed that it is easy for women to 'grade' themselves on how they gave birth but the only thing at the end of the day that matters most is to have a safe birth where a mother feels safe and a baby is born in the healthiest way possible. However, we can all have an idea of what we want and try to aim towards that.
3. The book talked about what happens to the body and mind after birth and gave good examples from various cultures on how parents handle depression and stress after the birth of a baby.
I don't know if I will consciously remember the tips and advises during the birth of my baby (due in 3 weeks) but I feel certain that I am better prepared now than I was before having read the book. Would highly recommend it!Read more ›
I was a quivering wreck after my first antenatal class, feeling incredibly nervous and unprepared. The next day I went out to a local bookshop and purchased this book. Within just a few pages it managed to calm me and has made me believe that I will be able to be in control and as far as is possible have the natural birth I want.
I would recommend this to anyone who is due to give birth. I assumed I'd need to read lots and lots of books to give me that peace of mind but I have only ready this one and don't have any unanswered questions. It is a very honest book which is easy to read and doesn't assume anything about each expecting mother. Nor does it pressurise the reader in to a particular kind of birth.
I cannot recommend it enough!
We had a birth plan based on everything we learned from this book and from NCT; we were going to start out in the birth centre, try the water and progress to pain relief if necessary. 3 days after the due date the baby stopped moving. We went straight to hospital and my wife was hooked up to a monitor. Everything was fine but they said that the change in movement that day was concerning and that they should speed things up. She was induced quickly and had her waters broken. The baby had done a poo inside her, which potentially was the reason he had not being moving (although it could have been something else). From there on in everything was incredibly medical; she was permanently monitored and we had every intervention going and ended up delivering in theatre with a suction cup and a threatened emergency C-section. He was whisked away to have any meconium suctioned away from his face in case he should inhale it into his lungs.
Now then, what is the problem with this book? In short, it completely failed to prepare us for the actual birth we had, and we ended up finding the entire thing terrifying because it was so far removed from the way we thought it should have happened, and yet in the grand scheme of things it was a fairly normal birth in this day and age, and we feel completely necessary to ensure the safety of our baby.Read more ›
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This is a fantastic book for getting your head in the game for a positive birth. I loved it and recommend it to all of my pregnant friends!Published 16 days ago by Leah
I have just read this at 22 weeks to get an idea of what giving birth involves and I know I will retread it closer to my due date. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Jen Blaza
Reading this really put my mind at ease. I learnt so much and have picked up lots of practical tips and advice. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kay
As this is my first, I had no idea what to expect! I haven't actually gone to any NCT classes related to labour and found this book to be a wonderful resource! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Such a well written, informative and reassuring book I would recommend this and have done to any new mum to be!Published 2 months ago by Lismer
Personally found this very helpful and would pass on to a friend. I ended up having a c-section but still was glad I read this as my midwife told me she was impressed with how much... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Eisidar
Amazing book, read before having both my babies and both times I didn't need any pain relief and managed my breastfeeding journeys well. Every expectant mother should read it xxPublished 3 months ago by melanieviner
Wow. I don't think I have ever been compelled to write a review about a book before but reading this has literally changed my whole outlook and perspective on childbirth. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
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