14 October 2008 at 6:26 pm 1 comment

When two of my daughters both told their midwives that they planned to use hypnobirthing, both midwives were very happy and said it would make their jobs easier.  Both used the home study version of Hypnobabies, though one also attended a Mongen-based class.  I was with both of them throughout both of their labors and births and I just want to say that it works beautifully.  The serenity and peace that held them was amazing, even when difficulties arose.  Both felt that the amount of time they put into preperation paid off and would never have a baby any other way.  Where was it when I was having babies?


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Important new study–Evidence-Based Maternity Care Unassisted childbirth documentary on Discovery Health

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  • 1. Homebirth Grandma  |  1 December 2008 at 8:25 pm

    New topic…………….

    Sheila Kitzinger has done it again. In 2006 she published yet another important work, a book titled “Birth Crisis.” Though written from her European perspective, she has drawn together experiences that are universal to birthing women, especially those whose births did not turn out to be what they wanted. Much of what she presents is what we know so well, the role of intervention in the demise of normal birthing. And, as always, she goes way beyond the obvious, exposing the emotional backlash….anger, guilt, fear, issues with bonding, etc. And she talks about how to recognize the needs of the mother who has experienced a traumatic birth, how to listen, what to say, what not to say, and so much more. She has a fascinating view of how a woman can work to “reclaim” her body, both before and after her physical wounds have been healed. I am not a midwife, but have done some doula work and worked with countless mothers as a La Leche League Leader. And I’m so glad to have discovered this resource. I personally did not experience a traumatic birth with any of my five, but I know so very many who have, including all of my daughters and my daughter-in-law. I’ve already passed the book on to my youngest daughter who has much emotional healing to do after her recent birthing experience (though her problems were not related to intervention or technology, as there were none). This is a very valuable book for anyone working with, even associating with birthing women.


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