Active Birth : The New Approach to Giving Birth Naturally PDF Book by Janet Balaskas PDF ePub

Active Birth : The New Approach to Giving Birth Naturally

by Janet Balaskas
4.14 • 1,383 votes • 125 reviews
Published 16 Mar 1992
Active Birth : The New Approach to Giving Birth Naturally.pdf
Format Paperback
Pages272
Edition15
Publisher Harvard Common Press
ISBN 1558320385
ISBN139781558320383
Languageeng



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Janet Balaskas led a movement of women who refused to give birth lying down. She has been teaching women about "active birth" ever since. In this updated and Americanized guide, Balaskas explains how to prepare for and experience a truly natural birth. She leads the pregnant woman through yoga-based stretching exercises and massage practice, and describes the stages of labor and comfortable positions for each, at home or in a hospital. Balaskas has also included a chapter on water birth as well as postpartum exercises.

Active Birth : The New Approach to Giving Birth Naturally Reviews

Mercury1122
4
Sat, 17 Mar 2012

Before giving my review, it seems relevant to mention that I'm not a particularly "granola" type of person. I prefer hotels to camping, lipstick to chapstick, and even after reading the book, I still feel more secure delivering in a hospital than attempting a home birth or using a midwife. I mention this because "the-one-with-nature" type of person is clearly the author's intended audience. That being said, I am very glad to have read this book. Based on the information provided, photographs, diagrams, and general open-mindedness, I feel very informed in the variety of ways that a woman can deliver a baby as well as empowered to have more of a hand in participating in the direction of the coming birth of my own child - even in a hospital. In many chapters I was actually left with more questions than answers which normally is not a plus, but in this circumstance, by exposing her audience to the variety of options available without necessarily over-detailing each option the author gave me the space I needed to think about things on my own terms. I think reading this book along with other books on similar topics or paired with a local birthing class is the best approach to understanding all of the concepts discussed. If you can make it past the occasional "kum-ba-ya" rhetoric, then this really is an informative and accessible read for expecting moms and dads.

Amina
3
Tue, 20 Oct 2015

a good addition to pregnant women interested In natural childbirth, has good tips and information.however it is simplified and it doesn't, cover all the topics related to childbirth

Laura
4
Wed, 16 Dec 2009

I am so glad I read this book. I already knew that lying on your back to give birth can close the birth canal by a third, but I learned several other reasons why it is actually one of the least practical ways to give birth and can even be harmful. In the semireclining position, you can be hooked up to the technological monitoring equipment, but lying in that position may cause the very fetal distress that would necessitate a monitor to measure. While this commonly used position may be very convenient for attendants, it gives the mother a much less powerful role, lengthens her labor, and makes her contractions more painful and less effective. It is less than ideal for the baby as well.
While this book is certainly repetitive, the valuable knowledge within bears repeating. From the start, Balaskas explains convincingly and practically why using upright positions for the birth process is so much more intuitive and common sense. During the course of reading this, I learned that my prenatal yoga instructor actually trained with Balaskas in England, and realized how well some of the movement principles and positions we were practicing in class fit with those in the book.
So invested did I become with the principles in this book that I even had a dream about them. In the dream, I asked my doctor if she'll allow me to give birth in a squatting or kneeling position, she flat out said no, and I faced the task of finding a new doctor. In reality, I do certainly hope that my doctor and the hospital staff will give me the freedom to use this great knowledge as I wish, as I firmly believe it will make the birth experience so much better for me. I also have to hope that I remember enough of the guidelines to use them in my labor by the time is comes around. Balaskas often reassures readers, however, that most of these actions are instinctive, and if a woman is left to herself to do what comes natural, she'll have an active birth. This includes using upright positions like various standing, sitting, kneeling, and squatting postures as well as moving around and changing positions freely.
After reading Active Birth, I feel much more empowered and motivated going into the birth of my first baby. I'm actually really looking forward to applying the techniques and hope I get to witness their success and realistic advantages firsthand.

Audrephilia
- The United States
5
Fri, 27 Nov 2015

I would have to say I learned the most from Ina May Gaskin's book and this one. They're both written based on the type of birth I want, with great detail for things that I'm actually interested in. Like, this one covered how to delay the premature pushing urge. I may not have that this time but I had it last time and was given no tips for how to delay it. An obstetrician went in and pushed down the anterior lip of the cervix and I kept pushing. It was excruciating! How helpful it would've been to be able to move at all, seeing as hands and knees or knees to chest can slow down powerful contractions and the pushing urge. Along with panting (instead of those long grunts one does when pushing.) It seems like hands and knees is the cure for many birth issues! This book reaffirmed my decision not to have my water broken artificially (at least until transition, only if it would help things along.) I love the drawings and photos in the book. They helped a lot with the "anterior"/"posterior" and other words I can't immediately visualize. I love that this book also has a chapter on nursing. I love that it has step by step instructions for the accidental at home birth! I learned the MANY benefits of delivering in a vertical position. It was big on moving around and being active during labor--hence the title. The book had good numbers on women who were left to move around and try positions and different techniques to stay comfortable and keep things progressing versus women who were confined to a bed and forced to deliver in the lithotomy position. This and Ina May's books will get a strong re-read closer to my due date.

Abby
- The United States
5
Mon, 01 Apr 2019

Fantastic, clear, empowering, and motivational. Even though the book was published in 1983, Janet Balaskas draws clearly from movement history and tradition around childbirth to write a book that seems, even now in 2019, ahead of the curve in natural childbirth trends. Glad I found it at a book sale and glad to have read it with about a month left in this pregnancy.

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