HypnoBirthing: The Mongan Method: A natural approach to a safe, easier, more comfortable birthing (3rd Edition)
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"Move over, Lamaze. HypnoBirthers say their form of deep relaxation takes the panting and pain out of labor."
-Time Magazine

HypnoBirthing??: A Celebration of Life - with Birth Exercise CD Included!

Childbirth is not something to be feared; it is a natural expression of life. With HypnoBirthing, your pregnancy and childbirth will become the gentle, life-affirming process it was meant to be.

In this easy-to-understand guide, HypnoBirthing founder Marie Mongan explodes the myth of pain as a natural accompaniment to birth. She proves through sound medical information that it is not our bodies but our culture that has made childbirth a moment of anguish, and that when we release the fear of birth, a fear that is keeping our bodies tense and closed, we will also release the pain.

HypnoBirthing is nature, not manipulation. It relaxes the mind in order to let the body work as it is designed. The HypnoBirthing exercisesa??positive thinking, relaxation, visualization, breathing and physical preparationa??will lead to a happy and comfortable pregnancy, even if you are currently unsure of an intervention-free birth. Your confidence, trust and happy anticipation will in turn lead to the peaceful, fulfilling and bonding birth that is your right as a mother.

More than 10,000 happy couples have had their lives changed for the better by HypnoBirthing. More than 500 news organizationsa??including Good Morning America, The Today Show, Dateline, The Richard & Judy Show, Time, Newsweek, Parenting and Better Homes & Gardensa??have joined the movement for better birthing.

Why is HypnoBirthing changing the way the world gives birth? That's simple. Because it works.

Customer Reviews:

  • Every woman should read this book
    Whether or not you want to give birth in a hospital or at home, this book will show you the best way to have your baby. It reveals the misconceptions most people have about birth and whether you use the method or not, it is good information to know....more info
  • What a Wonderful, Practical and Informative Book!
    I can't believe how awesome these techniques are and my husband agrees! The views are balanced and supported scientifically. The CD that comes with the book is my best friend! I fall asleep peacefully, without tightness or achiness anywhere and I sleep through the night! (no more benadryl to get rest)...This book is 'easy reading', educational, practical and applicable to all pregnancies.
    I tend to be more liberal than my husband when it comes to trying 'new' things...After alot of discussion, he agreed to the idea of trying something that at least in my area of the woods few people are trying during birthing (if it didn't work or we were uncomfortable we both agreed we wouldn't use the method). I had a very bad experience with our first baby after receiving an epidural. I felt very spiritually disconnected, probed, rushed, and not listened to during my first birthing. This book is our missing link between feeling involved during the process of birthing and being a family unit during pregnancy (on the cd there is relaxation exercise to be done with Dad or partner)
    Thank you Marie Mongan!
    A+ And my husband agrees! :)
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  • The book is AMAZING, I didn't need the class, the book covers everything!
    My favorite out of the 20 or so gentle birth books I've read

    Simple, you could get away with reading just this one book.

    Things this book has that make it special:
    1)Special birthing terms that have positive rather then scary medical connotations. Makes the whole tone of the book so positive.
    2)Fun prenatal bonding activities
    3)Three excellent breathing tools to use during labor (reminds me of Yoga)
    4)Four excellent relaxation tools to use during labor (not original, but powerful)
    5)Five excellent visualization tools to use during labor (creative, I added them to the list of visualizations I've found elsewhere)
    6)A simple, but completely thorough and accurate section on prenatal nutrition (based on the Brewer diet www.blueribbonbaby.org)
    7)A simple enough birth preparation exercise routine that I could do it with three little kids
    8)A chapter on perineal massage (most books skip this, but it really is good to learn how to relax down there)
    9)Help for mothers with breech babies
    10) Affirmations (super important)
    11) This book doesn't belittle hospital births like most natural birth books, it prepares you to have a great birth in the place where most moms really do give birth.
    12) Excellent, excellent, discussion on why and how to avoid an induction, natural ways to induce labor.
    14) The best teaching on how to birth the baby I've read, it does away with the "push phase" which has always been where other methods broke down for me. I birthed my second and third babies the way described in this book instinctively and I think it is the way to go.
    13) no naked mamma pictures, you can show this to your husband without making him squirm.

    The one thing this book mentions, but doesn't provide is the Birth Companions Prompt Card. It suggested that it is better to make your own anyway. Write down the things you think it would be helpful for your partner to say. There are suggestions all throughout the book.

    This book comes with a relaxation CD, but I have always used Yoga and that is very effective too.
    I was shocked that the book said walking isn't necessary to facilitate labor!!! But after I read the explanation I agreed with their point. If the mom doesn't FEEL like walking, she doesn't need to, relaxation is paramount. As always, labor in the position that feels comfortable,

    Hypnobirthing doesn't mean you'll have a pain-free birth (some moms do though, but you'll be really well prepared, and it probably won't be mor...more info
  • Used it once and will be using it again!
    I have been very fearful about giving birth my whole life, until I read this book and a handful of others, claiming accurately that birth is NATURAL. Mongan makes birth seem so precious and such a privilege, and I was able to change my perspective.

    I had a very complicated pregnancy, and until about 33 weeks, was under the impression I would have to have a c-section. A friend loaned this book to me, and I didn't crack it until my perinatologist said I would be able to give birth vaginally. I hired a hypnobirthing instructor in my area for what turned out to be private lessons at a very reasonable cost ($100 for 3 sessions), and we "crammed" during the last 3 weeks of my pregnancy.

    I hired a doula to help (who is also a midwife). At the perinatologist's recommendation, I was induced. My total labor, once I finally went into active labor, was 3 hours. It was not pain-free, but it was not traumatic at all. I requested drugs about 2.5 hours in, and they had no effect, so after the doctor informed me I was at 5 cm and broke my water, I screamed for the epidural. When they checked my dilation, I was at 10 cm and baby's head was coming out! No epidural, and baby was not affected by the previous drugs, but I was a bit loopy for a while after giving birth. I pushed about three times and she was out.

    I did not have success with "breathing the baby down," and just held my breath and pushed when my body needed to push. There is honestly NOTHING like the beautiful urge to push, and I am so thankful I was able to feel it and give birth as "naturally" as I could, with pitocin and a couple of other mild painkillers. I attribute this to the confidence I gained about birth through Mongan's book (and Ina May's Guide to Childbirth). Thanks to these two books, I do not have an unneccesary c-section scar.

    Let it be said, that I did not get the anti-establishment tone from the book that other reviewers have mentioned. From this book and my hypnotherapist, I went into my labor very willing to follow the OB's advice, if he decided to recommend emergency c-section. My greatest concern was for my baby's safe delivery. The hypnobirthing method taught me to relax and be calm and dignified no matter what the circumstances, and it's helped a LOT while raising my very active, energetic daughter.

    I'll be buying my own copy of this book/CD in preparation for the birth of my son in 4 months.

    My husband tried to help with this before labor, but he was absolutely no help during labor. I think you can do this technique alone if you need to.

    I have had friends who have tried this method with great success. Two had 2-hour labors and one had 5 hours (all three had had previously 20-hour-plus labors)....more info
  • Great information, approach, and practical techniques
    I read an earlier version of this book (checked out of the library) and decided to get the newest version, complete with CD. My husband and I have both read it and have begun practicing the techniques (12 weeks before due date). I would highly recommend this reading for its calm, natural approach to birthing even for people who aren't planning on going through the Hypnobirthing approach completely....more info
  • Just a marketing tool for the classes
    While there are some interesting and useful ideas presented in this book, "some" is the operative word. I was disappointed to find out that this book is less of an informative work, and more of a marketing tool to get you to take the hypnobirthing classes. She will spend pages talking about a wonderful technique, only to glaze over any form of instruction by saying "...this technique, which you will learn in your class." Frustrating, and a waste of time. I was hoping to get something out of the book, because I did not have the time nor the money for the lengthy and expensive classes.

    Additionally, she makes some pretty hefty promises, including a "painless" birth. I know several people who have used this method and while it helped them, nobody has described their birth as painless. My OB warned me against trusting any program that made such a promise, and I think she's onto something.

    Another aspect that bothers me is that she encourages an "us vs. them" mentality when it comes to healthcare providers. Of course, you need to be in a position of making informed decisions with your doctors and nurses, but she makes it seem like hospital staff is out to ruin your birth, which was so far from my experience, and this mentality that she (and many other pregnancy/birth authors) pushes is completely counter-productive in the real world.

    Finally, there is some flat out inaccurate information, which makes me question the other "facts" presented in the book. For instance, she includes butter and fruits in her list of foods to help you meet your protein needs. An entire stuck of butter only has 1 gram of protein; fruit is a poor source as well. And rather than giving into your evil doctor's advice should induction become necessary, she tells you to eat spicy food -- a complete myth. Maybe some people go into labor after eating a taco...but some people go into labor after eating an apple, too.

    If you don't intend on taking the classes, I don't think this book is worth while. But then again, if you do plan on taking the classes, you will most likely learn everything you need from them, making this book unnecessary. ...more info
  • helpful method
    This is a great tool for relaxing during pregnancy and labor. I highly recommend it....more info
  • A must see for all expecting mums
    It's about time we started hearing more about a balanced view of the labour process. The medical world doesn't have all the answers and too often creates problems with no consequence to themselves. There is no reason why woman have to accept the hysteria and myths the medical world has created around giving birth - we've been doing it for millions of years so our bodies are clearly capable. It's up to us to educate ourselves so that we can make well informed decisions about what's best for us and our babies. ...more info
  • Just not sold....
    I think the flaw with this method is the idea that something "natural" (ie childbirth) can't be painful. Childbirth sure seems painful...I've delivered a handful of babies myself. While I am looking forward to my first baby this Christmas, I am not anticipating a pain-free experience. I think the Mongan method has some valuable things to say regarding meditation and focus. However, it did not sell me on the efficacy of it's method....more info
  • MUST READ
    My husband and I are reading this book, as well as taking a Hypnobirthing class. The book is fabulous! It is very real, very informative. I am extremely pleased with the book and would highly recommend it. I would also recommend getting Gentle Birth Choices too....more info
  • I really loved the CD!
    The CD was really relaxing. I used it through the 3rd trimester of my pregnancy to help me sleep better and really relax. My actual labor and delivery was very fast so I never felt like I had time to use any hypnosis, but I think this really helped me relax between contractions. My birth was all natural with no tearing and a very quick recovery. The CD has some good imagery that helped me through it all. Although I did have pain, I was able to deal with it all very well! ...more info
  • The audio CD can be dangerous!
    I listened to the audio CD several times - it had a lot of breathing exercises. Each time I became dizzy and started to hyperventilate! I brought the CD into my midwife and she said to stop listening to it right away. She said that when the body is completely relaxed, it knows exactly how to breathe. My midwife said, "The techniques used in this CD are from the 60's and we don't do that kind of breathing anymore during pregnancy or labor." She also said, "This author knows nothing about pregnancy or labor - she's just a hypnotist." She recommended that I use another method and I did - it was WONDERFUL!


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  • Misrepresents birthing experience
    This book is problematic in one major aspect - it peddles false hope by insisting that the reader place her faith entirely in this method. During months of preparing, breathing, and learning the hypnobirthing methods, the mother-to-be has no idea of the kind of horrendous, inhuman pain awaiting her. The book makes it sound like it is possible to identify the pain as a sensation and simply let it wash over the body without feeling it as pain. NO. It is not. I spent months doing the exercises religiously and seriously thought I was ready because in the normal state of my body - I was. But hypnobirthing really only got me through early labor before the pain became blindingly horrific. Frankly, any kind of breathing exercises would do the job during early labor.
    This book plays on the desires of women to have a beautiful and natural birth experience. But it does not deliver the goods. Feel free to buy it, but take it with a grain.. no, a pound of salt and keep your mind open about other options. ...more info
  • teaches you calm
    Great book that teaches you how to breath & calm & work with your body & your baby for delivery....more info
  • A Blessing for Prospective Mothers
    This is a wonderful book that shows Hypnotists/Hypnotherapists/Hypno-birthing Coaches how and why to use Hypnosis in the birthing process, in very specific ways; this is a highly instructive book. Marie provides detailed, step-by-step instructions on using Hypnosis in the form of Hypnobirthing. This new edition of her book goes a step beyond the previous one, which was also excellent.

    Since Hypnotherapy is still in its functional infancy as far as its use in traditional medical applications such as childbirth, Marie does a service, not just to prospective mothers, but to the field of Hypnotherapy as well, by demonstrating how well Hypnosis works in the form of Hypnobirthing. While promoting the use of Hypnosis in more traditional medical environments and providing solid instruction as well, Marie has helped to transform a potentially painful, frightening process into a beautiful, transcendent experience for women everywhere.

    Hats off to Marie for writing a such a comprehensive book on the use of Hypnosis in childbirth !

    I highly recommend this book....more info
  • HypnoBirthing
    This book is amazing. Childbirth without fear and pain. I have had two short,easy,amazing births using this method. Every women should be able to look forward to her babys birthday and look back on her labor experience with one of awe and accomplishment. Don't miss out on having your own great birth story. ...more info
  • great way to prepare
    I received this book and cd during a hypnobirthing class. Wonderful preparation and I breezed through labor. The practice helped during pregnancy and then labor and delivery went just as expected with the help of these methods....more info
  • Amazing Birth Experience
    My husband and I agreed that we both wanted a natural childbirth before getting pregnant with our daughter. When the time came to actually start thinking about our plans, I did a lot of research. I searched message boards that I was part of, I searched Google, Amazon, asked friends and family members before purchasing this and several other books. This was the book we used almost extensively though. I did attend the classes (approximately $300 for six 2 1/2 hour classes which includes a copy of the book, the CD included with the book and another supplemental CD also available to purchase from the HypnoBirthing website).

    Yes, the classes really helped a lot, but the book and CD that came with the book helped a lot, too. I read the book several times and practiced the relaxation techniques often. I listened to the CD almost daily during my lunch break.

    The night before I gave birth, I listened to my CD, sat on my birthing ball and just relaxed for about an hour - which I think greatly helped my labor. When the day of labor and delivery came, I progressed extremely quickly - from 3 cm to 10 cm in about 1 1/2 hours. I never could figure out the birthing breath even with my instructor's help, so I did "push" my daughter out. But overall, I had the most amazing birth experience I could have ever asked for. I honestly don't remember the pain of delivery. I remember the pain of my contractions, but that was mainly because the pain was almost completely in my hips and felt like very bad arthritis pain (which I already have in my hips).

    I let my cousin borrow this book as well. They weren't able to take the classes, but she had a natural childbirth as well and said that the book was a huge help to her.

    I'm already pregnant again and we no doubt will be using Ms. Mongan's method with this birth, too. If you are planning on a natural childbirth experience, I highly recommend this book....more info
  • There is a lot of good in this book...
    My mom found an old copy of a Hypnobirthing book at a yard sale. Halfway through I was thinking, "Wow...I really wish this had a relaxation CD to go with it!" Found this book and bought it immediately.

    I didn't want to fork over the cash for a Hypnobirthing class, and I think this book+CD will be a suitable substitute. After all, there are several things in the book that are a little strange (the rainbow deal? weird.), so I probably would have been disappointed with the class anyway. With this book, I can get a thorough introduction to the concept of Hypnobirthing (very basically, relaxation = less pain), some visualization ideas, and a very relaxing CD to take into the delivery room with me. I plan to pop the CD in my discman, slip the headphones on, and basically ignore everyone else in the room until the baby is born. :)

    I'm due in 6 more weeks...I'll try to remember to update this review after delivery to let y'all know how it worked. :)

    ETA: Well, I didn't end up listening to the CD during labor, because I didn't feel I needed it. The breathing alone really helped relax me. My contractions were totally manageable the whole time. Not pain free, but nowhere near excruciating. Transition was a little rougher, but still manageable. However, the "birth breathing" didn't work for me. It wasn't effective enough to get my baby out. But it did move him down far enough that I only had to give 3 or 4 "purple pushes" to finish the job (and he was 9lbs!). Overall, this delivery was MUCH faster and easier than my first, and much less traumatic. I would still recommend this book and CD to any pregnant woman....more info
  • Great Book!
    My book came in a timely manner and was in Great Condition like they said. I really recommend this book to pregnant women. It will help a lot....more info
  • Maybe For Some - Not For Me
    I was so excited about the idea of Hypnobirthing for my first child. My husband and I attended our local course, and read this book. We practiced each week and followed each rule and guideline. I had all my 'relaxation tracks' on my iPod and felt ready to have a beautiful birth. Unfortunately, due to low fluid, I had to be induced unexpectedly. Perhaps it was due to the introduction of Pitocin and induction techniques, but I endured 4 hours of my 13-hour labor trying to use only hypnobirthing before I broke and asked for an epidural (something I had been dead set against before I went in). I tried using the system again during my 2 1/2 hours of pushing but unfortunately endured a lot of pain and exhaustion. Hypnobirthing just did not work for me. Maybe it would work better in a non-induced birth, but after my experience I won't be trying it again... I'm skipping straight to the epidural next time. It's unfortunate since I had truly wanted a natural, non-invasive birth. But with no feeling of control or pain management, I was forced into something I didn't want just to get through the ordeal. ...more info
  • Got me through an induction without epidural!
    I was originally very skeptical of natural childbirth, but after doing a lot of research during pregnancy, and seeing the real statistics of less interventions = better outcomes for mom and baby, I became interested in Hypnobirthing. I recommend also reading "Childbirth Without Fear" by Grantley Dick-Reade, upon which all forms of hypnosis for childbirth are based.

    I did not take the HB class, only a general childbirth education class provided by my hospital which covered the biology/mechanics, as well as touching on various methods of managing labor, medication options, natural options, etc. I highly recommend that any mom-to-be avail herself of such a class, no matter what approach/philosophy you choose, so that you will learn about the specific procedures and attitudes at YOUR hospital or birthing center. No single book can prepare you properly.

    I did listen to the CD exercises almost daily from about 6.5 months on. I found Ms. Mongan's writing/speaking to be much more grounded, practical, and open for my own feelings and interpretations than other HB materials I tried. Other hypnosis audios were very specific about exactly what imagery I should visualize, which often gave me a negative reaction. (For example, "you are outside in a garden, lying on the ground" - this is not where I want to be giving birth!) Ms. Mongan works more by suggesting the desired feeling, such as peace, warmth, safety, "surrounded by beautiful colors" etc - so my own mind could supply the specific place/image.

    My birth experience was not some ideal fantasy, but it was much, much better than it might have been, and far easier than average in my circumstances - I was 5 days past due and had low amniotic fluid. I spent all night and the next day until 5:30 pm pretty much trapped on a hospital bed, because frequent fetal monitoring was necessary. So I was not able to walk/move, etc as much as I would have liked. Most of the time I just had to be still and concentrate, which made me SOOO grateful for the Hypnobirthing techniques!

    In the end, the "traditional" labor and delivery doctors and nurses could not believe my labor went so quickly (about 7 hour from receiving the Pitocin) or was so calm, focused and quiet. My midwife and birth-center nurse were very supportive and respected my need for quiet and focus in the room. I did request a shot of Demerol about 2.5 hours before the birth, and a shot of local Novocain during pushing, because the artificial contractions don't allow your body to adjust and stretch naturally. However, my midwife recommended these as an alternative to the epidural, because I was mentally tired and asked for something to take the "edge" off. They were completely worn off by the time I got to the postpartum room, and I was sitting up in bed, breastfeeding and eating a big greasy hamburger an hour and a half after delivery! Compared to the poor woman in the next bed catheterized, moaning and throwing up for the next 24 hours, I was so relieved I'd had such an easy time and was able to avoid the epidural. I completely credit Hypnobirthing with making me relaxed enough to let the birth progress so quickly and easily.

    In the early stages of labor, before I had the Pitocin (up to about 4 cm), I had NO PAIN. NO PAIN AT ALL. I felt the contractions as warmth and pressure, as described in the Mongan book. The nurse monitoring my contractons was incredulous when she asked "how's your pain" and I told her I had none. She looked at the monitor, which I assume was spiking because I felt a "surge". "You didn't FEEL that??????" she gasped. "yes, but it didn't hurt." The Pitocin did hurt - a lot - but I believe if the Pitocin had not been necessary, I would likely have had a pretty painless birth. As it was, the pain was just something to deal with, breathe through and remain in the "now" (again, I credit the HB training).

    One caveat prompted by reading some of the negative reviews from people who had difficult and disappointing birth experiences - if you are going to choose natural childbirth, you must be flexible and relaxed in your ATTITUDE, as well as in your body. You must choose a dr/midwife/healthcare provider that you TRUST and will LISTEN to. Why would you let someone deliver your baby if you don't trust them? I knew my midwife was 100% supportive of my wishes, is a firm and longtime believer in natural childbirth, and most importantly put my baby's best interest first. So when she said, "if it weren't for the fluid problem, I'd let you progress naturally, but we are on a deadline and need to use Pitocin," I trusted her judgment.

    If you are rigid in your MIND, you cannot be relaxed in your BODY. You cannot control the experience of labor and birth - no one can. You must be willing to relinquish control and let the birth go as it will - if you cling to a script of how things are "supposed" to happen, you are just creating tension. Having confidence in your ability to give birth naturally does NOT mean forcing yourself to believe that all "good" births must be completely painless, or that if you feel pain you are doing something wrong. It means being confident that you have made good choices, that your body knows what to do, and that however it goes you can handle it and ultimately everything will work out for the best.

    This book gave me that confidence and the techniques I needed to see it through. I'm currently shopping for a second copy now that I'm expecting my second child, because my original copy has been passed on to so many friends of friends I can't get it back....more info
  • Ok, but there are better.
    I bought this book in the hope to learn some new guided imagery that I could use to relax me during labor, and during pregnancy. The book is one of those books that is just ok, not life-changing. When you read it you don't really have any "aha" moments. The CD that comes with it was ok, but not that special. I have found Belleruth Naparstek's CDs to be by far the most transformative. Her CDs make me SO relaxed! Even the heartburn and swelling seem to calm down after I've relaxed to her CD for about 45 minutes. Also, I find that during the weeks that I do her CD I have a more positive outlook and I can cope with things better. The pregnancy hormones seem much more dark and difficult to deal with when I get busy and don't do the CD. I like her "Pregnancy and Childbirth" CD, as well as her "Relaxation and Wellness" one. If you had a traumatic birth experience or pregnancy in the past, her PTSD CD is really powerful. Hope this helps someone!...more info
  • If You Are Buying This Book, Read This First
    This book originally was only available when you signed up for the classes. Hence, why you see class referenced a lot. It is a great start, but will not replace going to the classes, which are not only invaluable for practicing relaxation, but in life as well. All good books always reference seeking additional information "from a professional", including all the baby books that you have been reading. My recommendation: buy the book; read it; if it makes sense to you, then sign up for the classes. You will be a part of a changing movement in Western birthing practices!...more info
  • simply not worth it; feels like a way to sell birthing classes
    if it wasn't for the breathing and the talk about staying calm and focused, I'd give this book 1 star. Its terrible. What's sad is that I agree hospitals do get it wrong for most standard pregnancies. However I dislike the anti medical establishment that runs through the book and I greatly detest the implication that if you don't succeed at the methods in this book its your fault for not trying hard enough. She really glosses over anything that could go wrong and when she does confront it she blames the hospitals for everything. Or the mother. She seems to forget that in the good ol' days, a lot of women actually died in child birth. And in fact a lot of women still do. I really do think that the method was designed to simply sell the birthing classes.

    For an infinitely better book on natural birthing, read anything by Ina May. ...more info
  • hypnobirthing
    I enjoyed reading this book. I gave it a 4 because although it had some great information regarding hypnobirthing, it didn't give enough information about how to do it without going to a class. (Unfortunately, no classes in my area are offered, so it was discouraging in some ways to read about positive birthing and not really know how to achieve it.) However, it did give some good ideas and prime information on changing your mindset to have a good birthing experience and it didn't slam doctors and leave you on the defensive against them, like some other methods tend to do. Easy to read and informative....more info
  • Must Have!
    Awesome book! Although I only made it to an 8 using this I am taking classes and WILL have a Hypnobirth next time. This method saved me from the extremely painful contractions that started at 32w6d and continued through bedrest and up until my son was born at 39w1d. After learning the tecniques the pain was magically gone and so was the fear!...more info
  • Helpful
    I read most of the book. Tried to get into a class but it was full. I thought the best part about the book was the philosophy. Truly our beliefs and expectations flavor our experiences, I have known this before, but it was nice to have this book to encourage me to continue using this knowledge to help me through my birth. However, the excercises seemed to be nothing more than relaxation techniques that I have already learned. Although I'm pretty sure that I would have benefited more from the book if I had practiced them anyways. The extra material not related to hypnobirthing in the book was kind of boring because I have read it elsewhere in numerous books. As for the birth, I certainly haven't mastered the mind control that this technique requires yet, but to the extent that I have I benifited. Now that I know what I need next time I know I will do even better. ...more info
  • This is so disconnected from reality
    I've had 3 natural births, and the last one was after reading this book. I can honestly say that this book did NOT magically make it not hurt, even when I used the goofy doublespeak she advocates, like "surges" for contractions or "membranes releasing" for water breaking. I do not think that the discomfort of childbirth is too much to handle without drugs, but I don't think it's doing anyone a service by claiming that if they would just relax and not be "afraid" it wouldn't hurt. I think that sets women up to feel like a failure when it does (surprise!) hurt. And, honestly, "breathe the baby out"? Give me a break. When those pushing contractions come, you want to PUSH not just sit there inertly waiting for your body to do it without your active participation.

    I think it makes more sense to be upfront that it will hurt, but encourage women that they can handle it, that they are strong and powerful and up to it. This is not the book to take that approach, and I would not recommend it to anyone....more info
  • The kind of practical info you need.
    My daughter used the book and CD for her birth, loved it and passed the book (the CD got lost)on to my daughter-in-law, who was close to term. She actually was trying to finish the book in early labor! When it came to transition and then time to push she was so calm and focused, I asked her what she was feeling and she whispered, "I'm just loosening up the blue ribbons." After that I had to read it. The explanation of muscle groups and how they work and why inductions so often fail was so clear and easy to understand, that alone is worth the price of the book. I'm a midwife and I have been recommending this book to all my clients. Yes, I also attended the home births of my 6 grandchildren....more info