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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!
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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.
Suzy is very enjoyable to listen to and I am delighted I got the audiobook of this rather than hardcopy as I usually would.
Focus is on being Calm ( not anti drugs or didactic),
Accessible ( not too big or long)
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.
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.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful