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Hypnobirthing: Practical Ways to Make Your Birth Better

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I really recommend all my first time moms so just any mom to be to read this book and know that you can definitely do it and there’s such peace to come after reading it. Edit: although ended up not giving birth naturally, this book put me in the right mindset and I am forever thankful. As well, good information about the many posibilities/options that a future mother has when it comes to give birth.

My wife is having our baby in a few months, and having read this book, it's clear that I knew almost nothing about what to expect and how to help her when she gives birth. 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. 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. Through her teaching she seeks to educate and empower women - and their birth partners - so that they can enjoy amazing and positive birth experiences, however they choose to bring their babies into the world. 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.

The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. 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. Breaking down in tears over a book because it made me feel like I was going to have the worst labour possible when it is meant to make your "birth better", shows a real lack of consideration for all types of labour and mothers-to-be. In fact, when it comes to pregnancy, birth and parenting, a good rule of thumb is: never miss an opportunity to sleep.

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. As someone who enjoys yoga and have experience with breathing techniques for meditation etc, I can see this being useful.I'm due in 3 weeks and already feeling confident, happy and informed so I'm simply not the target audience for this. Through her teaching she seeks to educate and empower parents - and their birth partners - so that they can enjoy amazing and positive birth experiences, however they choose to bring their babies into the world. Hypnobirthing will change your mindset towards birth and give you the tools needed so that you can navigate your birth - and any twists and turns - with confidence, feeling calm and in control throughout. 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!

I haven’t given birth yet and although I’ve read this book cover to cover I know I’m not done reading it.I liked the tips for birth partners, and the accepting and reassuring way the author describes and explains things. It has really changed my outlook on labour and birth, and I can honestly say I feel excited rather than terrified. 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.

In summary, if you have very little knowledge or experience about what to expect and your birth options, the book may be for you. Whilst the information around what’s happening to your body during labour is informative, the concept of breathing and staying relaxed throughout labour using whatever means necessary (see previously mentioned tealights/podcast/room spray! Overall, Siobhan Miller has successfully changed my perspective on the negative narrative around birth that I've heard from other people or seen on TV.

Ladies trust that your body is designed for birthing and move away from the medicalised birth scenes we see on tv. I personally didn't necessarily do hypnobirthing in terms of visualization other than visualizing my baby and I working together, which also changed my life. Really good information not just about hypnobirthing but also about how a pregnancy works, how your body and muskle work.

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