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Hypnobirthing: Practical Ways to Make Your Birth Better

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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. Someone I know recommended this book and I read it within a few days … I now have a totally different mindset and excited for birth. Hypnobirthing certainly doesn’t involve being hypnotised; instead, it teaches you how your body works on a muscular and hormonal level when in labour and how you can use various relaxation techniques to ensure you are working with your body (rather than against it), making birth more efficient and comfortable. I don’t know how many times she says to “change the space with electric tea lights” or “listen to a guided meditation or podcast” or how many time she recommends a “quick spritz with an essential oils room spray” but it’s A LOT. Siobhan’s advice and guidance will change your mindset and enable you to navigate your birth with practical tools that ensure you feel calm and in control throughout.

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. So although there are some good take aways from it, but I would say to first timers to take the very specific image of birth portrayed in this book with a pinch of salt. 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. By completing your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and authorise Audible to charge your designated card or any other card on file. Oh and if you don't know what hypnobirthing is, it is a type of hypnotherapy/pawlow dog effect where you work on conditioning your brain to associate x or y with positive things.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. The science and breathing techniques are useful, the 'I know better than you' attitude in parts seem less so.

You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. It primes men to feel like useless spectators, and more importantly it primes women to fear giving birth. It was very informative behind how the body works during labour and birthing your baby which I found useful to know as I’m now aware of what my body will be doing and why!

Best of all, I hope you are excited to meet your baby and start your journey in the best way possible: calmly, confidently, happily, and full of love. I gave birth to my first baby on 21st April and used loads of the hypnobirthing techniques but also wanted a hospital birth and pain relief. I can't say much about the hypnobirthing techniques because I haven't got a chance to practice them yet, but I think it's worth trying since it sounds so logical and science-based. It has completely changes my perspective about labour and made me feel relax, empowered and confident. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others.

As someone who has gone through labor once I wasn't as interested in the "what," but this did help to explain a lot of the "whys. A positive birth, which is something we all strive for, is a birth experience that leaves a woman feeling empowered rather than traumatised, where the mother's wishes are respected, she is listened to and feels calm, confident, and informed.I loved learning about how the body is made to birth your baby, and how important creating an oxytocin inducing environment is to avoid the fear tension pain cycle. The book was just a basic primer on what you need to know for birth— the stages of labor, how to pack a hospital bag, writing a birth plan. Reading this book made me feel amazed by what our bodies can do and empowered by the knowledge that we can have a positive instead of a traumatic birth experience. This book really outlines what to expect during each phase of labor for you and your birth partner so you feel ready and knowledgeable.

In summary, if you have very little knowledge or experience about what to expect and your birth options, the book may be for you. This book has kind of a fancy/ weird title, but I think a better one (and I feel like the author would agree) would be: Just breathe! There were a couple of sections that detailed the science behind contractions and labour that I found useful.Despite a 15 hour labour, I would describe my experience as positive thanks to my mindset throughout, which I definitely wouldn't have had without this book.

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