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Hypnobirthing: Practical Ways to Make Your Birth Better

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Expert hypnobirthing teacher and founder of The Positive Birth Company Siobhan Miller has made it her mission to change the way we approach and experience birth.

The author is the founder of The Positive Birth Company and in her book she first of all debunks common myths about hypnobirthing and the birth experience. As with many things, if you can take the positive bits and ignore the snark, there’s some really great information and guiding principles in here. Maybe that can be true for some people, but for the vast majority of women, even those with positive birth experiences, that simply isn't accurate.Siobhan Miller very convincingly argues that this view of childbirth, which we all (men included) soak in from an early age through TV shows and films, gives us a warped idea of childbirth. These cookies help provide information on metrics the number of visitors, bounce rate, traffic source, etc. So I came across this book and it has really helped her, a great gift for your pregnant friend for sure. The tone and some of content felt a bit patronising - I never want to heat the BRAIN acronym ever again. In this book, Siobhan debunks common myths about hypnobirthing and explains why she believes it can make every type of birth a better experience - from a water birth at home to an unplanned caesarean in theatre.

I'm not sure the book gave them credit for that and it felt like it was giving the impression you'd have to put up a fight to get a positive experience of birth. I never thought I'd be able to labour and give birth without any pain relief, but I did thanks to what I learned in the book and using breathing techniques with the help of the Freya app. That negative feeling can make a difficult birth more likely, causing a vicious cycle of tension that increases pain, that increases fear, that increases tension, etc. I'm due in 3 weeks and already feeling confident, happy and informed so I'm simply not the target audience for this. Siobhan manages to completely demystify hypnobirthing, making it accessible and relevant to all women and all births.Yes, of course, women who don't know any better are convinced that they need inductions sooner than they are comfortable with, and sure, many might agree to interventions they don't understand, but for the love of god, let's not get on our Western high horse and convince moms-to-be that the absence of white coats will inherently make their births connect them to the divine feminine. Even just understanding what your body is actually doing, and what your options really are makes all of the difference. As this is my first pregnancy I had really high hopes for this book to educate me and reassure me of the empowering experience of labour.

And finally, to have a birth plan - not something to which you need to stick slavishly, but some kind of framework that can guide the experience when it's underway. I also feel there is a (likely inadvertent) negative tone around a lot of the things said about healthcare professionals and medical intervention and I wonder whether this leaves some women with fears about what may happen.

Aside from that, the author also provides a list of positive affirmations that can be read by birth partners to empower and encourage birthing mothers.

After a difficult past labour I was very apprehensive about finding out that I was pregnant just due to the fact that I would have to do it again. Information like birth shouldn't be painful in the majority of cases, that Hollywood depictions are dramatic and wrong can be good for mindset but there are parts where, although she doesn't recommend anything outright, strongly suggesting not to induce because the risk of stillborn going for 4/10000 to 6/10000 is still as small risk and it doesn't matter "how a baby makes it into the world as much as how you feel about bringing the baby into the world" presupposes a successful outcome that would result in more dead babies if applied as a policy to everyone giving birth. In this book, Siobhan debunks common myths about hypnobirthing and explains why she believes it can make every type of birth a better experience – from a water birth at home to an unplanned caesarean in theatre. In generale però il piglio dell’autrice l’ho trovato molto spesso fastidioso (imho) e ripetitivo fino alla nausea.

It has really changed my outlook on labour and birth, and I can honestly say I feel excited rather than terrified. In summary, if you have very little knowledge or experience about what to expect and your birth options, the book may be for you. Her practical advice will be sure to give you enough tools to enable you to feel calm and collected throughout labour - Natasha Harding, Sun --This text refers to the paperback edition. It's not dogmatic about birth needing to be 'natural', and the author says to be ready for changes to the plan, and that a C-section is just as positive as a vaginal birth if it feels positive. I seen a video of this girl that did a home birth and she recommended this book for all new time moms or just anyone wanting to have a bit and slight ease of information during pregnancies.

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