Active Birth Revised Edition

This is the book that has revolutionized childbirth, turning birthing mothers from subdued and passive "patients" to active and empowered owners of their childbirth experience.

Author: Janet Balaskas

Publisher: Harvard Common Press

ISBN: 9781558320383

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 272

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It's time to empower yourself and just say no to giving birth passively. This is the book that has revolutionized childbirth, turning birthing mothers from subdued and passive "patients" to active and empowered owners of their childbirth experience. Janet Balaskas started a movement of women who refused to give birth lying down and she has been teaching women about "active birth” ever since. She emphasizes the importance of movement during labor, the wide range of options and positions for delivery itself, and the many natural alternatives to heavy sedation and other medical interventions. Her book is eminently useful whether you are planning to give birth in a hospital, a free-standing birth center, or at home. If such options as water birth or hypno-birthing are appealing to you, this is an essential book; at the same time, it is non-judgmental and encourages you to give birth in whatever manner and position you see fit. It covers: Exercises for pregnancy, to prepare you optimally for childbirth Massage and yoga during labor Labor and birthing positions that maximize your comfort and encourage efficient contractions Essential tips for birth partners, spouses, doulas, and other attendants Relaxation and recovery exercises, for the postpartum period Janet Balaskas shows you how to prepare for and experience a truly natural, joyful, and empowering birth.

The Water Birth Book

In The Water Birth Book, natural childbirth pioneer Janet Balaskas offers straight-forward guidance for both parents and midwives.

Author: Janet Balaskas

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781515213918


Page: 318

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The definitive guide to using water during labour and birth Using a deep pool of warm water in labour can make the experience of giving birth shorter, easier and more comfortable for the mother, providing an alternative route to medical pain relief. When birth happens under water, this can help to make the baby's entry into the world gentler and free from trauma. In The Water Birth Book, natural childbirth pioneer Janet Balaskas offers straight-forward guidance for both parents and midwives. This comprehensive and inspiring guide includes: - The benefits of water in labour and birth - Is a waterbirth is the best option for you? - How water can help throughout your pregnancy - How to prepare for your water birth - The best way to use a birth pool - The experience of waterbirth - personal stories

Evidence based Care for Normal Labour and Birth

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 33(4): 384–385. Balaskas, J. (1995) New Active Birth: A Concise Guide to Natural ...

Author: Denis Walsh

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113411267X

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 200

View: 468

Evidence-based care is a well established principle in contemporary healthcare and a world wide health care movement. However, despite the emphasis on promoting evidence-based or effective care without the unnecessary use of technologies and drugs, intervention rates in childbirth are rising rapidly. Evidence-based Care for Normal Labour and Birth brings to light much of the evidence around what works best for normal birth which has, until now, remained largely hidden and ignored by maternity care professionals. Beginning with the decision about where to have a baby, through all the phases of labour to the immediate post-birth period, it systematically details research and other evidence sources that endorse a low intervention approach. The book: highlights where the evidence is compelling discusses its application where women question its relevance to them and where the practitioner's expertise leads them to challenge it gives background and context before discussing the research to date includes questions for reflection and practice recommendations generated from the evidence. Using research data, Evidence-based Care for Normal Labour and Birth critiques institutionalised, scientifically managed birth and endorses a more humane midwifery-led model. Packed with up-to-date and relevant information, this controversial book will help all students, practising midwives and doulas keep abreast of the evidence surrounding normal birth and ensure their practice takes full advantage of it.

Preparing for a Healthy Birth

She is also the author of many books, including New Active Birth (Harvard Common Press 1994) and Easy Exercises for Pregnancy and Birth (Frances Lincoln ...

Author: Sylvie Donna

Publisher: Fresh Heart Publishing

ISBN: 1906619050

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 564

View: 597

Are you pregnant, or hoping to have a baby soon? This book is a reassuring and thought-provoking 10-step guide for women who want to go through pregnancy and birth with as little intervention and disturbance as possible, with a midwife or consultant in attendance, for the sake of safety. Based on the idea that childbirth is a healthy process and not a sickness of any kind, this book will provide you with the information and inspiration you need in order to get your baby - or babies! - born healthily. (Actually, the book features several mothers of twins or triplets, who also had completely normal births, as well as mothers who were considered 'high risk' for other reasons, such as being over 30.) The 10-step programme is presented in a chatty, easy-read format and includes information not usually easily-available to non-experts, as well as plenty of first-hand accounts or comments from women who've had entirely healthy births. (There are also a few cautionary tales from those who didn't...) Contributions come from Michel Odent (pioneer of water births), Janet Balaskas (the woman who realised we're better off not lying down when we give birth!) and Bill Bryson (the travel writer)... as well as from many other experts and 'ordinary' but extraordinary mothers, who made this book possible. In short, this is a handbook which could make a real difference to your future and also that of your babies and wider family. There is a comprehensive Glossary and Index, which could be very useful to you if you're new to this business of having babies, or if you want to make your experience far better than it was last time. A comment from an antenatal teacher: "What every woman will want to know, put simply and clearly." A comment from a midwife, perinatal researcher and adjunct professor (Betty-Anne Daviss): "Sylvie has created a prescription for healthy birth in a 10-step approach to keep parents focused on what is important in a potentially disastrous birth environment... She has... provided us with a book that encapsulates anything you wanted to know about keeping your birth normal and healthy..." And a comment from a mother: "Had a very late night Friday as I could not put your book down. Wow!"

Natural Hospital Birth

Active Birth: The New Approach to Giving Birth Naturally. Revised edition. Boston: Harvard Common Press. Dick-Read, Grantly. 2004. Childbirth without Fear: ...

Author: Cynthia Gabriel


ISBN: 1558328815

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 272

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These days, many mothers-to-be find themselves torn between the desire for a natural childbirth with minimal medical intervention and the peace of mind offered by instant access to life-saving technology that only a hospital can provide. In Natural Hospital Birth, doula Cynthia Gabriel asserts that there is no good reason that women in North America should not be able to have both. She shows expectant mothers what they can do to avoid unnecessary medical interventions and how to take initiative and consciously prepare for the kind of birth they want to have. Also included are inspiring stories from other women who know firsthand that natural birth in the hospital is possible. With this book, mothers-to-be will be equipped with the knowledge they need to ensure a satisfying hospital birth that they will look back on with peace and joy.

Joy at Birth

New Active Birth; A Concise Guide to Natural Childbirth. London: Unwin. Begay, R.C. (2009). Navajo birth: A bridge between the past and the future.

Author: Susan Crowther

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0429754116

Category: Medical

Page: 170

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To be at the birth of a baby is special, yet there is an increasing secularisation and reliance on technology in contemporary maternity care, particularly in the western context. Through exploration of experiences at birth this book explores joy at birth, which is often ignored and overlooked beyond the activities that help to ensure survival. This book draws on a collection of stories of birth from mothers, birth partners, obstetricians and midwives, that demonstrate joy at birth across professional groups and in different types of births and locations with or without technological interventions. Each chapter introduces stories of joy that highlight embodied, spatial and relational meanings. Employing the Heideggerian notion of a human being, it sketches out an ontological focus that draws our gaze to the everyday taken-for-granted ways of being at birth. Based on phenomenological experiential data and rigorous interpretive analysis underpinned by seminal philosophical writings, this book calls for readers to attend to the wholeness of birth in all situations and at all births in ways not attempted before. It will be of great interest to midwives, and those working in and studying maternity, obstetrics and neonatology, as well as social and medical anthropology, sociology, cultural, organisational and clinical psychology and spirituality.

Active Birth

The author is a childbirth educator and the founder of the International Active Birth Movement. This practical and compassionate handbook is designed to help women prepare for active childbirth.

Author: Janet Balaskas



Category: Natural childbirth


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The author is a childbirth educator and the founder of the International Active Birth Movement. This practical and compassionate handbook is designed to help women prepare for active childbirth.

Mindful Pregnancy Birth

... Birth links birth positions: New Active Birth, Janet Balaskas acupressure: Debra Betts – acupressure in childbirth, ...

Author: Riga Forbes

Publisher: Leaping Hare Press

ISBN: 1782406336

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 144

View: 371

Focusing on the entire journey; from pregnancy through to early parenthood, this guide to living mindfully for expectant mothers helps prepare you for birth and improve your wellbeing with the ancient practice of mindfulness. When we talk about making something, it usually refers to creating, manipulating, or forming a material. In pregnancy, our bodies are wrapped up in doing all of these things at once, and on a grand scale. But in the act of making space in ourselves through mindfulness, none of these things apply. In Mindful Pregnancy & Birth we engage in an act of "not doing". Of not changing, but of simply "being" in the experience of ourselves. Pregnancy is a phase in which to reconcile what has been, with what will become. It is a process, a time of change, and even more so for a first-time mother. It is a recognition of our dreams for the future being in transit, in gestation, in the making.

Optimal Birth What why and how

Quay Books, 2005 Balaskas J. New Active Birth: A Concise Guide to Natural Childbirth. Unwin, 1995 Lavin J, McGregor J. Native American childbirth ...

Author: Sylvie Donna

Publisher: Fresh Heart Publishing

ISBN: 1906619220

Category: Medical

Page: 684

View: 847

A book to help midwives and other health care professionals think through the practicalities of optimising pregnancies and births. After explaining precisely how 'optimal' is defined, nine reasons are presented to justify why this kind of birth is best. Finally, key practical issues are considered and reflective questions provided, so as to give caregivers a clear basis for clinical practice, wherever their place of work. This easy-read, accessible book, which is fully referenced, is equally useful for students of midwifery (or obstetrics, or medicine generally), practising midwives, doulas, and maternity care assistants. This third edition includes changes based on feedback and some additional material.

The Calm Birth Method

... and supporting women in creating positive birth experiences . Further reading Janet Balaskas , New Active Birth ( Thorsons ...

Author: Suzy Ashworth

Publisher: Hay House UK Limited

ISBN: 1781808465


Page: 240

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"Birth is a natural and normal event and, while it can be unpredictable, this book 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."--Back cover.

Birth and Death in British Culture

New Active Birth. London: Thorsons. Blott, Maggie, ed. 2009. The Day-by-Day Pregnancy Book. London: Dorling Kindersley. Cooke, Kaz. 2010.

Author: Anette Pankratz

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 1443839337

Category: Social Science

Page: 250

View: 970

Why discuss birth and death when they lie outside discourse? And why look at them together when they are so much unlike each other, one the moment of fresh beginnings, joys, and the relative certainties of existence, the other the moment of life’s end, grief, and the relative uncertainties of non-existence? Because it turns out that both events, while virtually unrepresentable, have spawned a host of representations, narratives, rites, and attempts at making sense of them; and because they may have more similarities than appears at first sight. The 13 interdisciplinary articles collected in this volume prove that looking at the two phenomena in tandem throws into sharp relief the distinct patterns and functions of each, while also highlighting some of the fundamental historical developments, cultural functions, and socio-political issues shared by both. The contributions take stock of the discourses of birth and death prevalent in British (and Western) culture, probing into the way the two phenomena have been subjected to strategies of medialisation, commodification, and bio-politics.

New Birth

from suffering, humiliation, and abandonment to a new beginning, fulfillment, ... Activities prompted and inspired by active faith can spring surprises and ...

Author: Pius Ojara

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1606086472

Category: Religion

Page: 196

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new birth uses the metaphor of Church as Family of God as a countervailing and transforming imagery in its various considerations. Inspired by the sense of life's itinerary-together with its triumphs and startling reversals and its unexpected twists and turns-new birth sees hope, amidst social darkness and an ethos of selfishness, as interior to God's purposes for human wellbeing. Within this perspective, new birth further recognizes that the risks always remain, that believers can distort true hope in this world and fail to love according to the spirit of the Gospel. Admittedly, when we as Christians love one another, we can be together and encourage each other. And as we support each other, we strengthen one another. Furthermore, when we protect love from aberration, we protect the best in ourselves and build up a future for humanity. In light of this understanding, it then becomes very important for us to see and identify Christian discipleship as a way of making us become effective agents of love in this world. This also means, however, that in the Church we have the imperative to hold each person tenderly, trustingly, and deeply. Moreover, this consciousness demands the strength of continual and active faith which holds assurances and wellsprings of significance and growth in courage, human vibrancy, and interpersonal goodness. Accordingly, the community called Church as the family of God constantly needs the powerful and positive force of continual renewalùwhich conversion bringsùas an increasingly sublime value. And the dynamic impulse of such renewal introduces and enlarges the wellspring of hope in our world. It further provides a good starting point to challenge Christian believers to invest huge importance and prestige in playing constructive roles in giving shape to their positive relations and destiny. "new birth is a brilliant and a clear-sighted work. Written with intellectual vigor, this work is a powerful and practical way of bringing faith into day-to-day life of the people and into the culture at large. It invites, challenges, and inspires. I find the handling of some of the biblical passages very insightful! And people growing in their relationships have much to attach importance to. Once again, Pius Ojara has demonstrated himself to be a first-class intellectual and an outstanding thinker."ùchristopher a. brooks, Professor of Anthropology. School of World Studies Virginia Commonwealth University "I like the way, Pius Ojara writes about family and culture and Church in this book. I can't Wait to read his next book."ùfr. uwem akpan, sj, Author of Say that You're One of There

Gentle Birth Choices

New Natural Pregnancy: Practical Wellbeing from Conception to Birth. Sussex, U.K.: Gaia Books, 2004. ———. Active Birth:The New Approach to Giving Birth ...

Author: Barbara Harper

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1594778639

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 320

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Birth as every woman would like it to be • Recommended by Lamaze International as one of the top ten books for pregnant women and their families • Includes a 45-minute DVD of six live gentle births • More than 32,000 copies sold of the original edition New parents are faced with a myriad of choices about pregnancy, labor, and birth. In Gentle Birth Choices Barbara Harper, renowned childbirth advocate, nurse, former midwife, and mother of three, helps to clarify these choices and shows how to plan a meaningful, family-centered birth experience. She dispels medical myths and reimagines birth without fear, pain, or violence. Harper explains the numerous gentle birth choices available, including giving birth in an independent birth center, at home, or in a hospital birthing room; finding a primary caregiver who shares your philosophy of birth; and deciding how to best use current technologies. She also provides practical advice for couples wishing to explore the option of using a doula or water during labor and birth to avoid the unwanted effects of drugs and epidurals. The Gentle Birth Choices DVD blends interviews with midwives and physicians and six actual births that illustrate the options of water birth, home birth, and vaginal birth after a prior Cesarean section. The DVD clearly reveals the strength of women during childbirth and the healthy and happy outcome of women exercising gentle birth choices. It is a powerful instructional tool, not only for expectant parents, but also for midwives, hospitals, birth centers, and doctors.

New Pregnancy and Birth

You will also find comfort in talking to other parents about looking after young babies. Labour and birth The Active Birth Centre 25 Bickerton Road.

Author: Miriam Stoppard

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Ltd

ISBN: 140533956X

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 256

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Updated, trusted advice for parents-to-be from expert Dr Miriam Stoppard From Britain's most trusted pregnancy and babycare expert Dr Miriam Stoppard, a guide to every magical stage of your pregnancy, from pre-conception planning to the first days of life. Packed with reassuring, fully updated advice on fertility treatment, antenatal care, nutrition, exercise and your choices in childbirth and special sections on working mothers and expectant fathers - keep it close so there's always somewhere to turn if you have a question. A month-by-month pregnancy calendar showing your baby's development in the womb means you'll know what's happening when. Perfect for knowing what you will go through at every stage.

A Good Birth A Safe Birth

Active Birth, Boston, MA: Harvard Common Press, 1992 Berman, Salee, C.N.M., and Victor Berman, M.D. "Preparation of the Perineum," The Birth Center, New ...

Author: Diana Korte

Publisher: Harvard Common Press

ISBN: 1558326375

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 368

View: 695

Based on a survey of two thousand women and responses from readers of the first and second editions, this complete and accurate guide enables women and their partners to take control of the childbirth experience. Diana Korte and Roberta M. Scaer, both long-time La Leche leaders, analyze today's childbirth options and help readers to choose among them – to find "Dr. Right” (or a midwife), and perhaps a labor assistant, too, and to pick a hospital, birthing center, or home birth. They describe the pros and cons of medications, fetal monitoring, induction of labor, and other medical interventions during birth, and they tell readers how to avoid an unnecessary cesarean section and ensure that all their wishes are followed. In chapters such as "If You Don't Know Your Options, You Don't Have Any,” "The Obstetricians Black Bag of Interventions,” and "How to Have a Normal Vaginal Birth (and Avoid an Unnecessary Cesarean)”, Korte and Scaer are refreshingly frank but never dogmatic; they want their readers to decide for themselves what's best for them.

The Hands on Guide to Midwifery Placements

BalaskasJ (1994) New Active Birth: The New Approach to Giving Birth Naturally. Harvard Common Press. Gaskin IM (2002) Spiritual Midwifery, 4th edition.

Author: Luisa Cescutti-Butler

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 111871251X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 240

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The perfect companion for student midwives in clinical settings, packed full of useful and practical information to help guide and enable you to get the best out of your midwifery placements. This compact, portable text includes what to expect on each type of placement whether it be working in a low or high risk environment from how to prepare for practice, what you can anticipate whilst you re there, the key essential skills to acquire, what pitfalls and problems to be aware of, and how to deal with them if they do arise. Each chapter contains Top Tips from current or recently qualified midwifery students, as well as real life student experiences and suggestions for further readings.

Water Birth

A well - known campaigner for women's rights in Childbirth , she is the author of several books including New Active Birth , and co - author with Yehudi ...

Author: Janet Balaskas

Publisher: Unwin Hyman


Category: Medical

Page: 192

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A guide for expectant parents discusses the benefits of using birth pools during labor and childbirth and the use of water for meditation, relaxation, and exercise during pregnancy and after the baby's birth

Birth as an American Rite of Passage

Second Edition, With a New Preface Robbie E. Davis-Floyd ... Balaskas, Janet, and Arthur Balaskas 1983 Active Birth. New York and London: McGraw-Hill.

Author: Robbie E. Davis-Floyd

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520927214

Category: Social Science

Page: 424

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Why do so many American women allow themselves to become enmeshed in the standardized routines of technocratic childbirth--routines that can be insensitive, unnecessary, and even unhealthy? Anthropologist Robbie Davis-Floyd first addressed these questions in the 1992 edition. Her new preface to this 2003 edition of a book that has been read, applauded, and loved by women all over the world, makes it clear that the issues surrounding childbirth remain as controversial as ever.