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Hypnobirthing: Practical Ways to Make Your Birth Better

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I can't say much about the hypnobirthing techniques because I haven't got a chance to practice them yet, but I think it's worth trying since it sounds so logical and science-based. In summary, if you have very little knowledge or experience about what to expect and your birth options, the book may be for you.

I gave birth to my first baby on 21st April and used loads of the hypnobirthing techniques but also wanted a hospital birth and pain relief. As this is my first pregnancy I had really high hopes for this book to educate me and reassure me of the empowering experience of labour. Ladies trust that your body is designed for birthing and move away from the medicalised birth scenes we see on tv.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. In this book, Siobhan debunks common myths about hypnobirthing and explains why she believes it can make every type of birth a better experience—from a water birth at home to an unplanned caesarean in theatre. After reading this book I was actually really looking forward to giving birth and felt almost excited and not nervous at all at the prospect.

The keys seem to be, first, to replace the TV vision of birth in your head with "positive birth stories", of which there are many. Reading the title, I thought this would be about hypnosis, but it's actually about breaking a cycle of fear and trying to create an environment where the mum-to-be can relax and allow her body to work its natural magic. We use Google Analytics to see what pages are most visited, and where in the world visitors are visiting from. There were a couple of sections that detailed the science behind contractions and labour that I found useful. 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.The science and breathing techniques are useful, the 'I know better than you' attitude in parts seem less so.

I did find the more practical elements around breathing techniques and packing my hospital bag helpful, but it was not worth purchasing this book for as it's all information that can be easily sourced elsewhere.I'm due in 3 weeks and already feeling confident, happy and informed so I'm simply not the target audience for this. HYPNOBIRTHING will change your mindset towards birth, so that you'll be able navigate your birth - and any twists and turns - with confidence, armed with practical tools that ensure you feel calm and in control throughout. I highly highly recommend this book as one of the top books to read to prepare for birth for any soon to be mom! Even just understanding what your body is actually doing, and what your options really are makes all of the difference.

I preferred the digital course as I find the book put a strong emphasis on the advantages of home birth, which I find awesome for some but you start feeling bad if it's just not for you. So I came across this book and it has really helped her, a great gift for your pregnant friend for sure.In this book, Siobhan debunks common myths about hypnobirthing and explains why she believes it can make every type of birth a better experience - from a water birth at home to an unplanned caesarean in theatre. I found the breathing techniques helpful and applied them which turned out to be very successful during pushing. 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. 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. 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.

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