[dropcap]’C[/dropcap]hildbirth is more admirable than conquest, more amazing than self-defense, and as courageous as either one’ said Gloria Steinem. In fact managing the difficulties of pains and frustrations during labour can be challenging for every woman and whether a woman chooses a natural or medicated birth, she goes through physical, emotional and psychological changes. Whilst many women have experinced pregnancy and childbirth even in extreme conditions of poverty, certain tecniques can help to experience labour in the most mindful and enjoyable way possible even avoiding the use of medical drugs.
We selected four books and a CD on pregnancy and childbirth to guide women to positive childbirth experiences, learning how to cope with the physical and emotional changes that labour brings.
The Yoga Birth Method is an empowering eight-step pathway to achieving a positive and joyful birth experience. Applying the wisdom of yoga to childbirth, Dorothy Guerra offers a solid plan for managing the mind, body, and spirit throughout the stages of pregnancy and labour. Couples choose an intention that becomes a focal point for embracing a calm state of mind throughout the physical and emotional challenges of childbirth. In Meditation for Motherhood, Yogi Brahmasamhara presents step-by-step guidance on authentic Zen meditation, the most powerful, natural and deeply beneficial practice available to a woman during the phases of creating and nurturing her baby. Th ebook includes over 40 gentle and tailored exercises to develop the patience to listen to yourself and your baby; let go of thension, worry and apprehension; embrace your inner wisdom when confronted by difficulties.
Asserting that we are sentient before conception and in the womb, The Secret Life of Babies reveals author Mia Kalef‘s groundbreaking findings: babies are able to remember their earliest experiences, this consciousness precedes the physical development of the brain itself, and medical interventions during birth—like forceps and Cesareans—can imprint our relationships with the world and disconnect us from our sustainable place in the ecosystem.
Dreambirth: Transforming the Journey of Childbirth Through Imagery by Catherine Shainberg offers practical exercises and guidance to becoming an active participant in all phases of childbirth: instruction is using imagery and conscious dreaming to activate the creative power of your mind and the deep wisdom of your body. Relaxation is the most precious gift an expecting mother can receive. Calm Mama: Gentle Music for You and Your Baby-to-be is the perfect music for helping pregnant mothers relax, unwind, and keep their stress levels down for the health of both the mother and her baby-to-be. Using clinically proven techniques, Joshua Leeds has created an album of psycho-acoustically arranged classical music designed to bring a mother through an arc of deep relaxation, experiencing a soothing mini-vacation that leaves her refreshed and revitalized.