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Hypnobirthing: Practical Ways to Make Your Birth Better

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I think it is essential to understand how the system works because being frightened about the birthing process proves to be unhelpful. EVERY birth is so so so different, and the author also does such a wonderful job making space for every one and every choice, from hospital birth to home birth. Siobhan Miller very convincingly argues that this view of childbirth, which we all (men included) soak in from an early age through TV shows and films, gives us a warped idea of childbirth. I absolutely sped through the book and really found learning about the actual hormonal process of labour and birth and how I can affect that incredibly helpful. I'm currently a few weeks away from my due date and hopefully, I will have a positive birth experience by practicing the techniques I learned in this book 😊.

I have so much more confidence and feel empowered and equipped to advocate for myself and baby after reading this book. Miller describes active labour as "a spa experience to be soaked up" and pushing as "an amazing sensation you'll want to experience again and again". A positive birth, which is something we all strive for, is a birth experience that leaves a woman feeling empowered rather than traumatised, where the mother's wishes are respected, she is listened to and feels calm, confident, and informed. This book has completely changed my view on labour and how I would like it to pan out and I now feel happy and confident moving forward.The author is very honest and candid in this book and helps you to see things from a more logical perspective when it comes to how your body is designed to give birth and the best way to do that. And finally, to have a birth plan - not something to which you need to stick slavishly, but some kind of framework that can guide the experience when it's underway.

It primes men to feel like useless spectators, and more importantly it primes women to fear giving birth. The author is so patronising and it’s very apparent what her view point is and what decisions she feels you should make. As someone who enjoys yoga and have experience with breathing techniques for meditation etc, I can see this being useful. Don't get fooled by the title of the book "hypnobirthing", it really doesn't have anything to do with hypnosis.I really recommend all my first time moms so just any mom to be to read this book and know that you can definitely do it and there’s such peace to come after reading it. Hypnobirthing certainly doesn’t involve being hypnotised; instead, it teaches you how your body works on a muscular and hormonal level when in labour and how you can use various relaxation techniques to ensure you are working with your body (rather than against it), making birth more efficient and comfortable.

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