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The Hypnobirthing Book: An Inspirational Guide for a Calm, Confident, Natural Birth
The Hypnobirthing Book: An Inspirational Guide for a Calm, Confident, Natural Birth
Price: £4.92

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Useful for thinking about how to relax, but not for preparing for anything other than a perfect birth, 15 Jun. 2017
This book has some very sensible and useful ideas about how to relax and think positively about birth. For me though, the tone was rather patronising, and the underlying implication was that if you don't have an easy natural birth it's at least partly your own fault, for failing to relax properly. Personally, I also didn't feel this book prepared me well for the possibility of medical intervention, which is obviously not always under the mother's control. The parts about intervention are filled with "who are we to question mother nature?" type comments. These might be useful for people who want reassurance about choosing not to have those interventions, but for me, they again carry the implication of blame for the mother for any potential harms that come to the baby if she chooses to go along with them. I have heard that some hypnobirthing approaches have the aim of preparing mothers to relax or cope well when circumstances change and interventions are required, but I just didn't get that from this book. I also found some parts of the book actively unhelpful, such as the part about how to berate medical staff if they do things that are inconvenient for you (e.g., fail to use your preferred terminology for things). This seems likely to create, not reduce, stress! Overall, I did not personally get much from this book, and I feel like there must be more positive books out there.


How Babies Think: The Science of Childhood
How Babies Think: The Science of Childhood
by Alison Gopnik
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

14 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars not very useful, 10 Feb. 2003
This book was recommended by my university lecturer but to be honest I didn't find it helpful at all. Perhaps useful as an introduction to some of the issues involved, but it's not by any means a textbook, and for academic purposes i found it of no use whatsoever - there's too much general rambling around the issues and not enough substance. As an example of the book's style, there are no references whatsoever in the text - the authors seem to wade through the topics, discussing relevant research simply on a passing basis, and researchers/their works are referenced generally by chapter at the back of the book. Basically no good if you want to know about anything specific, or learn about anything in any kind of detail.
This is developmental psychology as light entertainment - an informal style and interesting to the casual reader, but for academic purposes it doesn't really cut it.
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