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Hypnobirthing: Practical Ways to Make Your Birth Better

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After a difficult past labour I was very apprehensive about finding out that I was pregnant just due to the fact that I would have to do it again. Expert hypnobirthing coach Siobhan Miller has made it her mission to show women everywhere that birth can be better. I especially love how the author constantly reminds us that what we see on TV or in movies doesn't represent a real birth experience—because that's what most of us imagine how it would be.

Essentially, it's a form of antenatal education, an approach to birth that is both evidence-based and logical. Expert hypnobirthing teacher and founder of The Positive Birth Company Siobhan Miller has made it her mission to change the way women around the world approach and experience birth.After reading many books to help prepare for the birth of my baby, I really feel this one gave me many tools that me and my partner will be able to use.

There are other chapters that I didn't elaborate on in this review that includes helpful guidelines for decision making, explanation about induction, how to practice hypnobirthing during a cesarean birth, and even a complete packing list for a birth bag—information that is good to know for when it's needed. I watched one of Siobhan's one hour webinars (free) and that was a useful sunmary of most of the things which are in the book. Being a first time mum yet to experience labour it’s really help prepare me and put any worries I had at bay. As someone who has gone through labor once I wasn't as interested in the "what," but this did help to explain a lot of the "whys.Hypnobirthing teaches you how your body works on a muscular and hormonal level when in labour, and how to work with your body to make birth more efficient and comfortable. The book was just a basic primer on what you need to know for birth— the stages of labor, how to pack a hospital bag, writing a birth plan. 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. Reading this book made me feel amazed by what our bodies can do and empowered by the knowledge that we can have a positive instead of a traumatic birth experience. Through her teaching she seeks to educate and empower women – and their birth partners – so that they can enjoy amazing and positive birth experiences, however they choose to bring their babies into the world.

This book has kind of a fancy/ weird title, but I think a better one (and I feel like the author would agree) would be: Just breathe! I liked the tips for birth partners, and the accepting and reassuring way the author describes and explains things. The author is so patronising and it’s very apparent what her view point is and what decisions she feels you should make. I just can't recommend this book enough and hope it helps others to have a more calm and positive birth experience.

The breathing and relaxation techniques are good and helpful for the early stages of labour - but I do feel that for most women, the picture that this paints an unrealistic image of what labour and birth is like. One subject I found strange was the natural c-section… where you can ask to dim the lights etc… I’d like my surgeon to see what he/she is doing thank you very much! Through her teaching she seeks to educate and empower parents - and their birth partners - so that they can enjoy amazing and positive birth experiences, however they choose to bring their babies into the world.

There were some really good takeaways from this book, and I particularly liked the science behind the labour. However, it was a bit too ‘zen’ for my liking, and not portraying a good light on all medical staff that have years of experience and know what they’re doing.

I seen a video of this girl that did a home birth and she recommended this book for all new time moms or just anyone wanting to have a bit and slight ease of information during pregnancies.

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