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Great book for Preparing for Childbirth

  • Jul 18, 2009
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I enjoyed reading Painless Childbirth by Giuditta Tornetta, she is a birth doula and also uses hypnosis with her clients.   It was a positive, uplifting book about pregnancy and birth.   It is always wonderful to have a book showing that birth can be comfortable and enjoyable.

Reasons I liked this book: 

It shows that birth can be comfortable and enjoyable.  There are some good birth stories included, under many different circumstances, home birth, hospital births, induced births, etc.  These stories demonstrate how mom’s beliefs can create their reality. 

The book helps moms see how they can be empowered by educating themselves and making choices that are best for them and their baby!  Birth is not a one size fits all kind of situation.  Learn what your choices are, trust your body and baby and you can be empowered. 

The only thing that would make me hesitant to say every mom should read the book, is that it is fairly “new-agey”.  Personally, I am pretty open minded, so this didn’t bother me.   I just took what I liked and dismissed what didn’t fit into my beliefs.  For instance, Giuditta divided the book into 10 months, and connected the chakras to the different months of pregnancy.   I found that interesting, but others might be turned off by that.  

Some moms are very hesitant to try hypnosis for childbirth, because they worry it won’t fit into their belief structure.  One thing I like about Hypnobabies is that it is very main stream and can fit into anyone’s beliefs.  It isn’t new-agey at all.  I would worry that some of these moms, if they started to read this book would straight away assume that hypnosis is only for new-agey people. 

In conclusion I would let moms know if they are open to new and different ideas, then this is a great book for them to read in preparation for birth.    It will give them some tools and ideas to help them prepare for birth and parenting.  I would add that they most likely will need more than just this book for preparation.  If they want more tools, scripts, childbirth information, etc. Hypnobabies would give them these things. 

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July 19, 2009
Thanks for the great review Sheridan! I can't say my first birth was painless, but I do in a way understand what the author means. I had no medication, no epidural, I wanted a natural birth even though it was in a hospital. For me actually the contractions didn't seem bad at all, they were easy to manage - it was the end that was tough. I watched the Laugh and Learn About Childbirth DVDs, it helped somewhat. Thanks again for pointing out the book!
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Sheridan –Hypnobabies Instructor, Hypno-doula, Proud VBAC mom, Loving Lactivist, Positive Birth Story Collector and mom of 3 Busy Boys.       Ihave a birth blog. … more
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Painless Childbirth: An Empowering Journey Through Pregnancy and Childbirth is a road map for a woman to achieve painless childbirth. Rather than offer advice or solutions for the many challenges that surface during pregnancy -- which most books on pregnancy do -- Giuditta Tornetta offers a nine-step process that leads women to discover their innate ability to give birth to their babies and build their self-confidence. She does this by basing the experience more on inner knowledge and less on "experts."

While many women react violently to the use of the word painless in connection with childbirth, every year thousands of women worldwide -- and from differing backgrounds -- experience a painless childbirth. The author herself has experienced it. How does this happen?

Pain is what we feel when something goes wrong. When we break a leg or sprain a joint, we feel pain. There is no relief unless we resort to painkillers. By contrast, childbirth is a natural event with a known positive outcome. And while a birth contraction is indeed intense, it lasts only a minute and then you get a break. When a woman learns to manage these contractions one minute at a time, she learns that labor is very different from what she has experienced as pain in her life so far. Once the baby is born, the sensations of labor go away, and the mother has a happy, amazing, loving baby snuggling in her arms. "Painless Childbirth is filled with heartfelt, practical and scientifically accurate ...

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ISBN-10: 1581826400
ISBN-13: 978-1581826401
Author: Giuditta Tornetta
Publisher: Cumberland House Publishing

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