Book review Birthing from Within

Nov 25, 04:34 AM
Season 3 is all about which books to ready during pregnancy, and first up is Birthing from Within by Pam England and Rob Horowitz.

This is an extra-ordinary guide to childbirth preparation. Each chapter will take you on a journey of exploration into the profound mystery of birth that can never be understood with your mind but is known to your heart.
The exercises and activities are the key to unlocking these insights and I encourage you to challenge your creativity and your curiosity as you explore your beliefs and expectations about birth as you work through them.

It is not a script or even a rigid method, but you will learn everything you need to know to be able to birth in awareness rather than be focused on a specific birth outcome. As the title suggests, you will learn how to "birth from within" by gaining insight about what labor might feel like from your perspective. You will learn everything that you would usually learn in a traditional childbirth class, but in a way that uses story and metaphor to explain concepts until it resonates with what you intuitively know already. I encourage you to work through it slowly, savoring the wisdom of other women's stories and anecdotes from around the world.

Don't be afraid to get your pencils, paints and paper out to play with the many examples of birth art, and don't be surprised at what you discover! There is a lot to learn about birth, and this book is a great place to start. I use many of the exercises in my own birth classes and love watching the transition to a deeper understanding that birth is an opportunity for growth and transformation as you become a parent.



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