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HYPNOBIRTHING by Marie F. Mongan
I was given this book from a midwife friend who followed the Hypnobirthing philosophy during her pregnancy and labour. She loved it and had a wonderful birthing experience.
My friend also said that this book changed the way she treated the pregnant women she saw in hospitals. She even said it changed the way she spoke about labor and the words she used when speaking about birth.
So yes, it came highly recommended.
What put me off was the name of the book, Hypnobirthing. It didn’t sound like something I would be interested in. I don’t want to eat my placenta, have my belly painted in henna or sing to my baby in the moonlight.
But when my friend gave me this book and told me to give it a try, I opened my mind.
The intro is broad and brave. It’s nice. It’s an empowering read, at a time when everyone around you inadvertently undermines your abilities. At the time, Marie lets you know, she has got your back.
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I particularly liked the Pre-birth parenting Ideas. As we are going through a high-risk pregnancy, I know I am a little distant from the baby. We have lost a couple of babies before and to defend myself against disappointment I have been quite detached from the little baby growing inside me.
Apparently this is quite common for woman with High-Risk pregnancies or women who have already lost a child.
It feels like I am not preparing myself for motherhood like I should. The Prebirthing Parenting ideas were great for me to get closer and closer to the little man growing inside of me. We are adapting to being and acting like a family and it feels like he is already here now. We are kind of getting to know him before he is even born, thanks to this book.
HYPNOBIRTHING has drawn my attention to the dialogue around birth and how negative it all is. I can actually hear the way people speak about it like it’s fucking torture. People with the worst stories are the ones that speak the loudest about them. milar too - or the reader may also enjoy.
If a woman has a really great birth, then she is sort of told to keep quite for risk of sounding smug, or simply lucky. Successful pregnancies are not given the credit they deserve.
It seems like a bad labor is all you can hope for and good labor is just chance. Well, this book says something very differently to that!
Definalty read it. Particularly is you are nervous, unsure or starting to doubt yourself.