Active Birth - Revised Edition: The New Approach to Giving Birth Naturally

Active Birth - Revised Edition: The New Approach to Giving Birth Naturally

by Janet Balaskas

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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.

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ISBN-13: 9781558324978
Publisher: Harvard Common Press, The
Publication date: 03/16/1992
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 646,698
File size: 28 MB
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About the Author

Janet Balaskas organized the first Active Birth Conference in London. A mother of four, she has written many books on pregnancy and childbirth. She runs a childbirth education clinic. For more information, please visit Balaskas’ website,

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Active Birth - Revised Edition: The New Approach to Giving Birth Naturally 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book does not come out well in the Nook format, it is nearly impossible to see the pictures and there are many. They are extremely poor quality and get cut off.
Guest More than 1 year ago
First time mother, I read this book in my eighth month and found it to be excellent and most importantly useful. I followed the advice as per the book and I labored for 4.5 hours and delivered my baby without drugs or any unneccesary medical interventions!!!! My labor, to my surprise, went fast and I felt in control. I attribute this success to this book. A must read for anyone considering a natural and drug free birth.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wish I had found this book with my first pregnancy, But I didn't until my fifth. What I learned from Active Birth dramatically shortened my labor and reduced my stress and pain. This information is something that I will always be greatful for.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You NEED to read this book...I had to have a pitocin-induced labor and I had no trouble getting through contractions and delivery (pain-med free) because I used the positions and techniques in this book. My husband later told me that the nurse called in a few other nurses to watch me labor through transition because they were amazed at how well I handled it. I was so engrossed in laboring I had no idea anybody other than my husband was in the room. Absolutely amazing resource
Guest More than 1 year ago
Active Birth is awesome! Birth really is meant to be an active experience. It helped me through 3 unmedicated VBACs, one of them a posterior baby. Balaskas' suggestions are logical & easy to practice. Why don't more doctors use these suggestions?
Holistic-Mama More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book. Such a wonderful read for pregnancy. I recommend this book to all of my friends and family who are having children. Whether you have a home or hospital birth, if you care about how you give birth, this book is for you. Having a baby is such a phenomenal journey. Women need to empower their self in relation to their body and realize that they are full of strength, wisdom and intuition. Trust that. Labor and birthing can be a special, sacred experience. It does not have to be filled with pain and horror, like our society has lead us to believe. Women, trust your body and your intuition, and just ride it like a wave. You and your body will know what to do! I also highly recommend watching the documentary, "Orgasmic Birth"! You can rent it on Netflix. I hope you enjoy this book as much as my spouse and I did!
SquirrelTao on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the most helpful writing on childbirth that I have ever read. There is detailed information about various positions for laboring and what their advantages are.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It helpted
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