Birthing from within : an extra-ordinary guide to childbirth preparation

by Pam England

Paper Book, 1998



Local notes

EC Parenting


Albuquerque, New Mexico : Partera Press, 1998.


Here is a holistic approach to childbirth that examines this profound rite-of-passage not as a medical event but as an act of self-discovery. Exercises and activities such as journal writing, meditation, and painting will help mothers analyze their thoughts and face their fears during pregnancy. For use during birth, the book offers proven techniques for coping with labor pain without drugs, a discussion of the doctor or midwife’s role, and a look at the father’s responsibilities. Childbirth education should also include what to expect after the baby is born. Here are baby basics, such as how to bathe a newborn, how to get the little one to sleep, and tips for getting nursing off to a good start. Pregnancy, birth, and postpartum is a process of continuous learning and adjustment; Birthing From Within provides the necessary support and education to make each phase of birthing a rewarding experience.… (more)


Physical description

xix, 309 p.; 26 cm



User reviews

LibraryThing member julierh
this is not a bad book but it's just a little too new-age/metaphysical/"spiritual" for me. if you have a higher tolerance for that, then this book will be wonderful. for me, there was certainly some good content here; i just had to skip the sections on painting what birth means to you or unleashing your birthing tiger. ok, i'm making that up but you know what i mean. i am very passionate about natural birth but i tend to find the practical and biological arguments (it's safer for mom & baby; it makes nursing easier; it helps facilitate the "love" hormones; medical interventions are often risky and not based on good science; it is a more gentle transition for the baby, etc.) more convincing than the spiritual.… (more)
LibraryThing member kneek
As I approached the end of my first pregnancy, I began to become increasingly anxious about the possibility of a cesarean section. The woman teaching my prenatal class gave me her copy, suggesting that I work through the exercises in order to process my fears. The stories told are empowering and encouraging; the exercises were therapeutic.… (more)
LibraryThing member rfewell
Great book about preparing for childbirth
LibraryThing member SweetTawnie
A MUST have, MUST read for any expectant mother who is choosing natural childbirth. At first it may seem "granola" or "hippie-dippy", but the exercises in this book are amazing. Truly a mind, body and spirit support system. This book helped me prepare and birth my daughter naturally and without fear. I cannot recommend this book enough.… (more)


xix; 309


(101 ratings; 4.1)
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