Friday, January 29, 2010

New Book: Hypnobirthing by Marie Mongan

i promised myself that as soon as i finished reading "the lost symbol" (which embarrassingly took me 4 mo to read since Baby T drained me of my energy and will to live) i would get my act together and start baby/parenting books. so the first book up is "hypnobirthing: the mongan method: a natural approach to a safe, easier, more comfortable birthing" by marie mongan.

from amazon:

Childbirth is not something to be feared; it is a natural expression of life. With HypnoBirthing, your pregnancy and childbirth will become the gentle, life-affirming process it was meant to be.

In this easy-to-understand guide, HypnoBirthing founder Marie Mongan explodes the myth of pain as a natural accompaniment to birth. She proves through sound medical information that it is not our bodies but our culture that has made childbirth a moment of anguish, and that when we release the fear of birth, a fear that is keeping our bodies tense and closed, we will also release the pain.

HypnoBirthing is nature, not manipulation. It relaxes the mind in order to let the body work as it is designed. The HypnoBirthing exercises—positive thinking, relaxation, visualization, breathing and physical preparation—will lead to a happy and comfortable pregnancy, even if you are currently unsure of an intervention-free birth. Your confidence, trust and happy anticipation will in turn lead to the peaceful, fulfilling and bonding birth that is your right as a mother.

More than 10,000 happy couples have had their lives changed for the better by HypnoBirthing. More than 500 news organizations—including Good Morning America, The Today Show, Dateline, The Richard & Judy Show, Time, Newsweek, Parenting and Better Homes & Gardens—have joined the movement for better

Why is HypnoBirthing changing the way the world gives birth? That's simple. Because it works.

i'm really interested to see what it's all about. i've heard good things about the book/method, and figured that i would give it a shot. no harm in trying right? and hopefully it won't take me 4 mo to read this book (considering i don't have 4 mo to spare).


Thinking-Mom said...

Hi there! Thanks for following my blog. :)

I have heard good things about the Mongan method. Doulas tell me about 50% of their clients do have to use alternative coping methods in the transition and pushing phase of labor. I think how well this will work for you depends on your personality type: Are you a high-energy person who gets worked up easily or overstimulated easily? Or are you a very laid back, mild mannered person who rarely raises your voice or gets upset about anything? If you are person B, then you will most likely be successful with Mongan through your whole labor.
If you are like me (Person A) you may want to have some other tricks in your back pocket in case you have a hard time relaxing yourself in transition. (I certainly did!)

I don't know if you are planning on a natural childbirth class, but shop around and find a good one. (Not at a hospital). Bradley classes are the bomb but if you are in the B'ham area I also know of some good ones here as well.

Congrats on your little one and best wishes as you prepare for the most amazing experience of your life!

Tiffany said...

thx so much for following my blog! :)

to answer your question - i'm definitely person a. i tend to be a worrier, and high-stress. my hubby is the exact opposite. but since before getting pg i did some research on pg/birth, i'm alot calmer than i would normally be - lol. it's funny that you mention doing a natural birth class in addition to, because that's exactly what we were planning on doing. i'm still trying to get in contact with a bradley instructor that was recommended to me, but if we can do that there is a local maternity store that hosts natural birthing classes, and we've been put on the list for the next class. :)

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