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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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This is more of a commercial than a book

I’m disappointed with this book. It felt more like an ad for their other services (MP3s, an online course they offer, their Facebook group, ect) than giving actual advice. There are tons of birth stories intertwined into the book and all of them kept repeating “I’m so happy I learned the calm birth school method”...but I kept thinking to myself, when am I going to learn the method? Or do I have to buy all their other crap to get it? Anyways, I don’t recommend this book and I feel pretty swindled. Not saying I got nothing out of it, but it got to the point where I was getting pretty annoyed every time they mentioned all their other services as if they invented pranayama breathing techniques. When I read a book I don’t expect to have commercial breaks.

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Great patience test

This book doesn’t seem to get to the point. After an hour of listening, we still had no idea what hypnobirthing is about.

Most of this hour was filled with selling the idea of hypnobirthing which, after having already made the decision to buy the book, seems a little redundant.

It’s sometimes hard to understand the narrator’s accent, so it’s also not an easy listen for non-Brits.

Maybe the book gets better later- we decided not to waste more time trying to find out.

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This book = GOLD

I am SO glad I listened to this book. Because of the author's calming voice, it was easy to listen to and understand. I firmly believe that without this book my birth would not have been as beautiful and positive as it was. The calm breathing technique it teaches you was life changing and I STILL use it certain situations today. I tried reading 'Ina May's Guide to Childbirth' and it was way too structured and honestly scary sounding. After a few chapters into that book I started to question if hypnobirthing was really my route to go, then I listened to this book. Suzy Ashworth brings hypnobirthing to a relatable scale and gives you ALL scenarios you can use it in - not just the "birth at home method" that Ina May forces in her book. Get this book, you will not regret it.

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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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Straight to the point

I actually found this audio book about 5 days before I gave birth and it helped me tremendously during labor. Now if you are new to breathing, mediation and centering, you probably should pick up this book a lot sooner than I did, but if you are a seasoned mediation practitioner, like myself, then you should be just fine. I love how the author has you master just 3 types of breathing exercises for each stage of labor! Simplicity is king in my book, especially if you are trying to push out a small human being from your lady bits. It was easy to direct my labor support team, my sister and husband, to help me stay focused on counting my breath for me, especially just before the pushing phase where the sensations became more intense. The only thing I wish that the book made clear is that the “pain” of labor is more about the combinations of different sensations (e.g. cramping, pressure, aches, etc) and that these sensations aren’t anything to fear. I did like how much emphasis was put on being in the moment during each wave while relishing and re-centering your breath bc as relaxing at the end of them. This method helped me to have the birthing experience I wanted - an unmediated vaginal birth with no perineal tearing. This book is worth every cent!

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A book worth your time!!

I enjoyed the mixture of personal birth stories with tools and education about how to have a calm birth. Suzy Ashworth is direct with the information but also provides a lightness and reassurance that is much needed. I’m so glad I found this book!

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Listened 3x

This is very much a "you can do this, here's what to expect and how to stay calm" book. Full of positive birth stories of ALL kinds, as well as how to handle situations and what you deserve as a birthing mama. Empowering, confidence boosting, and equipping. She does mention her MP3's a few times, because they go along with this book. I didn't have access to them and this book was still helpful and I can't recommend it enough, if only just to reframe your mind to prepare for a wonderful birth. And Suzy's voice is fantastic to listen to.

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If you read no other birth books read this one!

This is my fourth birth and I still found this book so incredibly helpful, inspiring, and amazing. Please read this book! You will feel so calm and empowered. I have read many, many birth books and this was BY FAR the best.

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Not sure about this one.

Great narrator, easy to listen to, I like the author's casual and straightforward style. Too much prattling on about how great the method is though. Wish the chapters were labeled. I'm in chapter 4 (45min in) and so far, she's just been repeating the same redundant lines and self - promotion over and over, with a few birth stories praising the method. Still haven't heard anything truly informative or instructive. Putting me to sleep now, but I will give it a chance. I like Hypnobirthing better, but am hoping there will be good complimentary exercises to reinforce what Ive already been practicing. Will update this review after the birth in 4-6wks!

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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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  • louisZB
  • 12-30-19

2 hours in and still advertising other services

Starts off as a humourous and positive guide to birthing but after 2 hours of listening I'm still being told to sign up to the other services they offer and how worth while the the cost is, what I'll gain from the services and techniques... and not actually teaching me the techniques.

may get better if you can stick with it but I wasn't that impressed.

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  • TG
  • 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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  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-12-21

Doesn’t come with any mp3 tracks - you have to pay

Very disappointed that it Doesn’t come with any mp3 tracks - you have to pay extra for them on their website
They should state this before you buy

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  • miss cn
  • 11-11-20

Easy to listen to

Lovely voice, calm and in context. Great techniques for a calm, informed, safe and positive birth.

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  • Donavan Naidoo
  • 04-28-20

Feeling calm before we birth

Thank you Suzy! We are SO ready to meet our baby girl! We've got this!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-07-20

Converted within the first 10 pages!

Initially sceptical about “hippy hypno-birth types” having given this book a chance with the audio version, I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly it resonated with me. I went on to buy the hard copy of the book after hearing the first 10 pages. While I still listened to the audio book in full, I found it useful to have to hard copy too, for easy reference.
This book is a game changer and really made me wake up to the fact that I actually knew so little about the birth process and that on my first birth before discovering TCBM I had actually made my birth harder by not being educated in the process. This book covers everything and will leave you with invaluable life tools for stress management as well.
Cannot recommend it enough to mothers to be!!!

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  • Rachael R.
  • 12-29-18

loved it

loved this so much if nothing else it has helped to take away my fear of birth i have already listened to it 3 times makes me feel like i can do this 👌

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  • Dani M
  • 12-28-18

Interesting, informative and enjoyable.

A wonderful guide to creating a positive birth experience. Would highly recommend. Loved this book!

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  • Madeleine
  • 06-12-19

Positive stories but not alot of info

A brief brush over why Calm Birth / Hypnobirth is beneficial but very little actual information on how to do it. You need to buy the course for that info

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  • Stephanie Campanella
  • 01-16-20

Just Breathe

The book promises to share breathing exercises.... At one point she even says - don't skip ahead - wait we'll get there....
I finished the book and ... crickets. there were no breathing exercises.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-14-20

Good but not a lot of practical information

I liked listening to Suzy but 90% of the book is about how great the 'calm birth' method is, without actually telling you what to do. The practical information was given really quickly and there wasn't a lot of detail given. I was left confused as to what breathing to do when by the end of the book and no information or recommendations on where to get meditations/music/affirmations. I finished the book thinking hypnobirthing sounded great, but I needed a LOT more information. There are also a lot of suggestions to go and buy different things from Suzys online shop which made me think this book was a waste of money. This book wasn't the informative book I was hoping for.

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-19-21

love the book

only reason for the four start rating is that the MP3 don't seem to be included, which was one of the essential parts for me.
but great info and really empowering otherwise

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-13-20

Highly worthwhile

The only disappointment is that the audio tracks referred to are not in the audio book or the website book bonuses- they must be purchased separately. it would be appropriate for these to be bundled into the audio book as additional chapters so people can practice with the audio affirmations etc themselves.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-07-20

general advice but more of a plug for the course

The numerous testimonies in the book seemed to be an advert for the course. I wasn't aware of the course when buying the book but felt like the book was an infomercial for the course. The writer tries to instil confidence to the reader but there's no how to guide. A couple of breathing techniques and that's it for practical actions.

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  • Margaret Teehan
  • 07-03-20

Feel more prepared for labour

I have just listened to this book, I am 37 weeks pregnant and feel much more prepared after reading it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-10-20

i gave birth a week after reading... iy saved me!

This book helped me when i was 9 months pregnant freaking out from the fact i was about to give birth. it helped me to learn how to breathe through each contraction and stay calm. It is aimed at an all natural, no intervention, easy smooth relaxed birth. I gave birth a week after reading and i feel like it saved me!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-19-19

Good Book but could not find PDF

Good Book but could not find PDF practice guide. Hopefully, I can find it here.