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Publisher's Summary

Discover tried-and-tested techniques to help you relax during labor, so that you can work with your body for an empowering, positive birth. Birth is a natural and normal event and, while it can be unpredictable, this audiobook will show you how you can make it a gentle and enjoyable experience. In The Calm Birth Method, hypnobirthing expert Suzy Ashworth helps you to build confidence in your body and its abilities and shares practical techniques to support you so that, no matter what happens, you feel prepared.

Walking you and your birth partner through the whole process of birth preparation, Suzy explores:

  • Why many women feel so scared of giving birth and how to eliminate these fears during pregnancy
  • How relaxing your mind and body during birth transforms your physiology
  • Practical tools and techniques to promote deep relaxation and mindfulness
  • How to unify birth partners and care providers to ensure the birthing environment is stress-free and has the most conducive set up for a calm and relaxing birth
  • Breathing techniques and visualizations to help with the sensations of birth

Take the power back into your own hands so that you can learn to trust your body, and look forward to welcoming your child into the world with confidence.

©2017 Hay House (P)2017 Hay House

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Good short overview of Hypnobirthing

I liked this book for being concise, thorough, and well thought out. When I first began learning about Hypnobirthing it was a great starting point as classes were not offered in my area and some of the longer books I began with felt like too much info from the start. I was essentially weeding through them to get basic knowledge. This broke it down and still offered the necessary information to have the full Hypnobirthing experience even if you decide to research no further. It's also great for women who want a Hypnobirth but do not necessarily want to subscribe fully to all natural birthing. This book supports using the method no matter what path you take...some of the others seem more opinionated about correct natural birthing choices.

I've also read the Hypnobirthing Home Study course (which is much longer but full of good info, especially if your determined to have a fully natural birth) and Mindful Birthing (which is a good overview of incorporating mindfulness into the process). Both have also been very helpful for me as I view mindfulness as essentially in the same family of theories and methods and I am a previous therapist who utilized both skills in my profession.

However, if I had to choose only one of the 3, I'd pick the Calm Birth Method for all the reasons I stated above. Good luck ladies!

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Waste of time

It spends half the book telling you to breath during labor and to stay calm but doesn’t tell you HOW to do it.
Almost most of the birth story’s on here are we on getting epidurals. Which is the opposite of what most women buy this book for.

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Calm Birth Method

The Calm Birth Method was empowering and informative. The methods have been helpful in remaining calm and stress free prior to the baby’s arrival. I’ll be able to give a better assessment with practice and day of delivery, but as of right now 5/5.

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  • Torie Gibson
  • 05-15-18

The best gift to yourself mama!

This book is fab. Everything is presented in a natural, respectful, down to earth way. They truly wish to empower you to have a positive a birth and equip you with the skills, knowledge and strength to own your own birth. I'm so glad I bought this book for myself and I think it's one of the best things you can try on the lead up to your birthing day!

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  • Steven D Baines
  • 08-15-17

Not so complete guide to hypnobirthing

It was a very factual book, however completely missed the mark when it comes to being a complete guide to hypnobirthing. She spent a long time telling us how valuable hypnobirthing is but did not manage to explain how to achieve these results as the book title lead me to believe.

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  • c johnston
  • 07-04-17

powerful stuff

If you could sum up The Calm Birth Method in three words, what would they be?

amazing audio. im 26 weeks pregnant and feel so positive about y second birth.amazing book

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  • CocoDexterity
  • 02-08-18

informative & Down to earth

Suzy is very enjoyable to listen to and I am delighted I got the audiobook of this rather than hardcopy as I usually would.

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Focus is on being Calm ( not anti drugs or didactic),
Informative,
Accessible ( not too big or long)

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Too much of an emphasis on birthing partner which is stressful and liable to cause upset in mothers that have no birthing partner or an unsupporting partner. There are many women who are already frustrated by their partners, husbands etc. for not understanding pregnancy (and lets face it - even supporting partners can be despised and " do no right " due to hormones!)
that hearing Suzy emphasise all the things a partner could/should be doing may encourage even more resentment towards their already "useless"partner.

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  • Eady
  • 04-09-18

woukd recommend

great info! Im really glad I listened to this book! It was a little overwhelming because they give you so much stuff to do everyday, but listen to it twice, and pick the excercises that you can make room for! well read, too.

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