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Birth Without Fear

The Judgment-Free Guide to Taking Charge of Your Pregnancy, Birth, and Postpartum
Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
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An inclusive, non-judgmental, and empowering guide to pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum life that puts mothers first, offering straightforward guidance on all the options and issues that matter most to them (and their partners) when preparing for a baby.

In Birth Without Fear, January Harshe - founder of the global online community Birth Without Fear - delivers an honest, positive, and passionate message of empowerment surrounding everything that involves having a baby. It's a guide that fills in the considerable cracks in the information available to women and families when they're preparing to welcome a child - covering care provider choices, medical freedom, birth options, breastfeeding, intimacy, postpartum depression, and much more. 

Birth Without Fear shows moms, dads, partners, and families how to choose the best provider for them, how to trust in themselves and the birth process, and how to seek the necessary help after the baby has arrived. In addition, it will educate them about their rights - and how to use their voice to exercise them - as well as how to cope with the messy postpartum feelings many people aren't willing to talk about. Unlike other pregnancy books, Birth Without Fear will also help partners understand what mothers are going through, as well as discuss the challenges that they, too, will face - and how they can navigate them.

Shattering long-held myths and beliefs surrounding pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum experience, Birth Without Fear is an accessible, reassuring, and ultimately inspiring guide to taking charge of pregnancy, childbirth, and beyond.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 January Harshe (P)2019 Hachette Books

Critic Reviews

"With endless warmth and encouragement - and not a single ounce of judgment - January Harshe shares a wealth of wisdom and resources to help you discover what the best pregnancy and birth experience is for you. Birth Without Fear is a must-have book for anyone who is preparing to welcome a baby into the world." (Dawn Dais, author of The Sh!t No One Tells You About Pregnancy)

"The first book on pregnancy, childbirth, and the tender postpartum period that will leave you feeling truly supported, understood, and informed. January bravely calls out in a straightforward, funny, and thought-provoking way where we have gone wrong with prenatal and postnatal care, and how women can reclaim their experience and find empowerment on their journey to motherhood." (Bryn Huntpalmer, M.Ed., founder of "The Birth Hour" podcast)

"Practical, positive, and empowering." (Booklist)

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Wonderful

This is a wonderful book about empowerment. If you are looking for technical birthing information this is not the book you are looking for, this is a book for more fully experiencing and protecting your birthing story. As a doula, I found it stood directly where I do, it explains a birthing person’s rights to have the birth experience they choose. Allowing for those incidents to happen and the possible changes to your plan to still become a positive birth story. Truly enjoyed the writing and narration. This will be a recommendation for every doula and hypnotherapy birthing client.

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  • Emma
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  • 03-20-19

Full of truth and love

After reading 20+ pregnancy books to prepare for our twins this book easily hits the top 3 list. January’s honest, loving and kind approach to pregnancy, birth and postpartum is beautiful. In a world where birth can be surrounded by fear, secrets, judgement, and shame January creates space to reset expectations and explore our true and evolving selves with love.

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great book for moms!

This book has some great insight for moms in all stages. I would highly recommend it!

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Deceiving title, disappointing

This book should be titled Pregnancy Care Without Fear. I expected this book to be about actual birth and labor without fear and it doesn’t touch upon that once. Not once. I’m pretty easy to please when it comes to books and typically give 4 or 5 stars. This book was a complete waste of my limited time and extremely misleading. It was also unbelievably redundant.

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Bad content, super slow reading

I was hoping for an evidence based book on birth and birth planning. What I got was a book where the author complained about being judged for being obese during pregnancy, judged for wanting a VBAC and the same information repeated over and over again. No evidence anywhere to be found. Also, the narrator speaks SO slowly - apparently in an attempt to drag out the story or make the book longer than it actually is. Even on 1.25 speed it’s incredibly slow paced...will be requesting a refund.

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  • Siany Kimber
  • 05-03-19

Love, love, love!!!!

This book is amazing, I reccomend it to all pregnant woman! Thank you so much January!