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GentleBirth

Narrated by: Tracy Donegan
Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
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Discover your roadmap to a positive birth! 

A positive birth comes in many forms - for some it’s an early effective epidural; for another it’s a serene water birth or a calm planned cesarean. What I know for sure is that a positive birth is defined by you - not your best friend, mom, or even your OB or midwife. 

The award-winning GentleBirth program combines brain science, birth science, and technology so you can feel inspired, excited, and uplifted every day of your pregnancy - and beyond. 

Every woman wants a safe, positive gentle birth - for themselves and for their baby. Midwife, GentleBirth founder, and positive birth expert Tracy Donegan shows you how as she guides you step by step including the following:

  • Practical tools to prepare you and your partner for a positive birth - as defined by you
  • Use brain science to reduce pain and fear in labor 
  • Discover the ultimate stress reduction toolkit of techniques of simple meditation, hypnosis, and sport psychology 
  • Train your brain for confidence and resilience - long after your baby arrives 
  • Learn breathing techniques that work 

Navigate your options with confidence for a GentleBirth for you and your baby.

©2006, 2018 Tracy Donegan (P)2018 Tracy Donegan

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Great audio option for new and new-again parents!

I decided to try the Audible version of this book for my GentleBirth training and am very happy with the book and its content. I appreciate that GentleBirth has stayed up-to-date with the times and has made information easily accessible to parents via their app and this audio-book.
This book is a comprehensive and well-rounded childbirth prep book. As a doula, I find that it is very important for a childbirth prep book/program to touch on how important the mind/body connection is in pregnancy and childbirth. This book does this wonderfully by touching on the key concepts of mindfulness, hypnosis, brain chemistry, sports psychology, power poses etc and how they can really make a big difference in preparing for childbirth and beyond. Any book that takes you through positions for labor only, or healthy birth practices only, misses one of the main components of preparing for birth and the demands of new parenthood.
This book also touches on evidence-based practices and best international practices for childbirth and how one can discuss with their provider their personal preferences. It also enlightens new parents on the idea of personalized care vs "drive-thru" care where you get treated the same as everyone else. These are essential ideas for new parents to be aware of as they embark on their journey choosing a provider. Being aware of standards in care that are not best care standards is an important thing for parents to be aware of. It prepares them for what 90% of care in US hospitals looks like versus what international best care standards should be like.
Some things that can be worked on- 1. This book may have tried to cover it all from mind/body connection to variations in birth to breastfeeding and the postpartum… It ends up being a long book, but that's why I'd recommend the audio version instead of the physical book to my clients. Listening to it on your long car drives from place to place, or while doing the dishes/laundry etc is enough for getting through it. 2. I wish the Audible version had chapter titles accessible- I wanted to go back and review sections but wasn't able to. 3. There are a few concepts that I don't know that I agree with completely, but they are personal takes I have on how to approach birth and are minor things that each person can choose what works best for them. One example of this is that I found that there could have been an explanation of how many of the GentleBirth stories related were of parents in labor going into the hospital pretty early on in labor (being checked in at 2 and 3 cm) when international standards discuss active labor being at 6 centimeters and how being admitted before that could put a parent at higher risk for being placed ‘on the clock’ and can thus lead to a higher risk of a cesarean.
Overall, I will DEFINITELY be adding this book to my list of recommended reads for new parents and will be recommending the Audible version to my clients. I think it's a great summary of the most important concepts that will come their way on their journey through pregnancy, birth and the postpartum. Being exposed to a little bit of everything, including how challenging new parenthood can be, is so very useful.

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  • Anne Pennie
  • 12-13-18

Brilliant!

Fantastic book, all expectant parents should read/listen too. Great insight into the world of becoming a parent and many different tools that will not only help with your birth but in every day life.
So many different stories from real people in hospitals we all know here in Ireland.
Tracy is so lovely to listen too and her voice is very reassuring.
Could not recommend it enough...

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  • Avril O' Connor
  • 04-25-19

A great resource for expectant parents

I highly recommend the gentle birth book to expectant parents. It would be a helpful baby shower gift for an expectant mother. The gentle birth book provides parents with a comprehensive guide to creating a positive mindset,to help parents not fear the birth experience. Woman nowadays are bombarded with drama filled emergency stories about birth by movies and reality tv shows. This creates fear around being pregnant and giving birth. The gentle birth book normalizes birth and helps women to trust their own bodies and the birth process.
The book is easy to understand and is written by an experienced midwife and doula . The book does not have any complicated medical jargon. It is an easy book to pick up and read through or pick out certain chapters of interest to read. The book is designed in giving birth partners tools to help during labour such as deepening relaxation. Its important to include the birth partners as they need to feel involved and helpful. The book uses mindfulness techniques, hypnosis and mindset affirmations to help parents have the best experience .The content is evidenced based research which combines neuroscience and CBT.
The book discusses pre labour signs, induction and giving parents much information to have an informed choice. Non pharmacological pain relief is discussed such as essential oils, acupressure and the benefits of water immersion. Tips on birth preferences are suggested also to help parents write up their own birth plan . The topic of induction is discussed which is important to help parents get all the information and ask the right questions to health professionals.
Bonding with baby and the postpartum period is an important topic in the book helping both mum and dad adjust to the change in the environment. Postpartum depression is discussed which is extremely valuable especially in these times. The mindfulness techniques and self compassion help ease the stressful transition in to parenthood.
There is several simple relaxation and hypnosis techniques which can be used during pregnancy and birth.