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The Calm Birth Method

Your Complete Guide to a Positive Hypnobirthing Experience
Narrated by: Suzy Ashworth
Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
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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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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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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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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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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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Listened twice

Positive and motivational stories. She had relaxing voice. Excited to have second hypnobirth with my third pregnancy.

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Amazing Book

This book was great in aiding me in my first birth! I will definitely recommend this to anyone who is expecting.

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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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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Danielle O'Neill
  • 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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  • 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 Tastic
  • 11-10-18

Buy the book overvthe audio

While the content is good, her voice, intonation and tone don't lend themselves to the audio format

Her voice is harsh and her reading style feels as though you're being told off, which doesn't suit the content.

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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.

Pros:
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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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-19-19

brilliant

loved it! easy to listen to, shared great stories of other calm births. I thought back and applied the calm method throughout my labour

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-10-19

Great book!

This book has so much great information including practical strategies for a calm birth. Definitely worth the read. Only one negative point to mention... Someone needs to let the reader know that it's 'something' not 'somethink'. That got really annoying!

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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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  • Jennifer Hamilton
  • 11-04-18

The Book Inspired Me to Take the Class and I had a CalmBirth!

This book sounded very easy - breathe through the surges and allow what will happen to happen. I did feel like we needed more after listening and took a local CalmBirth class with my husband.

The combination of this book and an in person class helped put me in a very positive mindset and I achieved a near perfect birth without an epidural, and bub came naturally! I was amazed and bub was alert and crawled onto my chest after birth and started the breastfeeding journey! Amazing.

Overall this CalmBirth book primed me to feel empowered in my own body. My last birth was very complicated and CalmBirth helped me to keep m head in the right space.

Highly recommend. I’d also recommend doing an in person class if you resonate with this book!