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New Active Birth: A Concise Guide to Natural Childbirth Paperback – 21 Dec 1990
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From the Publisher
Every year the number of home births is increasing Active Birth is not a trend its a definite social change and women want to know about it.
Active Birth is increasingly practiced in UK hospitals. Birthing pools are standard and over half in the UK are supplied by Active Birth.
From the Back Cover
'New Active Birth' will help you and your partner prepare for and experience an Active Birth. Naturally, throughout time and the world over, women have chosen to walk, stand, squat, lie – to move their bodies freely and actively to find the most comfortable positions for labour and birth. It is only we in the west who have the extraordinary notion that a woman should lie on her back in a position that defies the laws of nature and gravity.
With this book you can learn to develop all your body’s resources to deal with the instinctive experience of childbirth. It is also for partners, teachers, midwives and everyone involved, to help mothers get up off the delivery table and to bring back some of the common sense which has been overlooked by modern obstetrics.
'New Active Birth' is the new and revised edition of Janet Balaskas’ pioneering and acclaimed 'Active Birth':
Over 180 clear black and white photographs and line drawings throughout.
Fully updated and extended with new information – includes sections on Water Birth and Recovery After Birth.
Revised and expanded prenatal and postnatal exercises with step by step photographs.
A detailed up-to-the minute section covering every aspect of Active Birth at home and in hospital and the Active Birth Movement.
Janet Balaskas is the founder of the Active Birth Movement. The mother of four children, she trained with the National Childbirth Trust and is a counsellor for childbirth.See all Product Description
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Although i had a 'normal' birth with my first child, for me it was not a positive experience that i hoped for. I had not prepared myself beforehand and did not expect to not be able to cope with the pain. I belive it was my fear and the drugs i was given that made it worse. Second time around i knew i wanted it to be different. I found out about Janet Balaskas and the Active Birth Centre when looking into natural childbirth. This book is excellent, it gives you the facts on everything to with childbirth and makes you realise that us women are made to give birth - naturally. It emphasises the fact that its being active in labour and birth that is important even if intervention is needed. It gave me the confidence to listen to my body and go with it, using my mind to cope with labour. I truly believe that this book helped me achieve the birth i wanted. I had my daughter at home (not planned) with no drugs for pain relief. It was an amazingly positive experience and i feel privileged to have had that. I would recommend this book to all mums-to-be and those having more children too!
Pictures are quite realistic and dads look like they come straight out of a Hippie camp but it doesn't matter. The content is so useful.
Generally I am really please with the book and have found it really great!!
My only critisism is that I wish they had updated the later sections though as they haven't done so for some time and it doesn't mention the more modern options of birthing centres etc which offer you what this book says they should - which you would have thought they would be pleased about!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really really good book! It has lots of knowledge about the birth process, great yoga positions and tips for birthing positions. I'm really enjoying it.Published 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent booked helping you to believe that you can give birth naturally. Loved it.Published 2 months ago by Miss K E Jones
The most empowering book about pregnancy and childbirth. Brilliant!!!Published 13 months ago by jo fisher
A good book that encourages being active during labour. The idea of active birth also seems to be encouraged by my local midwifery service and hospital. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Gemma
A very helpful and enlightening book in preparation for labour. Really opened my eyes regarding the importance of movement and positioning during labour.Published 19 months ago by AISLIN CURRAN
I have read in excess of 10 birth books now and this was by far the most balanced, informative and helpful. Read morePublished 20 months ago by chill761
Dispatched quickly and the book is brilliant. I'm even looking into the author, Janet Balaskas, classes for yoga.Published on 28 Oct. 2014 by ms melissa s hedden
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