Choosing Waterbirth: Reclaiming the Sacred Power of Birth

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Hampton Roads Publishing, Sep 1, 2000 - Family & Relationships - 176 pages
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Waterbirth is an all-natural, gentle, pain-reducing, fulfilling, and empowering birthing method, in which mother and infant start their new life together in a relaxing and deeply familiar environment: warm water. But is it safe? How does water reduce the pain? And is it really more beneficial to your baby?

In this complete guide to waterbirth, a yoga instructor and mother of five "water babies" relates her own experiences in the tub while providing the important information that every parent needs to understand, prepare for, and undertake waterbirthing:
The basics of natural birthHow water immersion promotes the feeling of well-being while reducing painHow to locate birthing facilities, practitioners, and tubsExercises designed to relax and strengthen the motherHow to create the ideal birthing environmentPractical advise for breast-feeding, baby massage, and more

In addition, Choosing Waterbirth contains a complete prenatal yoga program with exercises and breathing and relaxation techniques designed to prepare the mother for an easier labor and delivery. More than 80 photos, including some of the author giving birth in water, bring the experience vividly to life.

If you are interested in creating a loving, positive, empowering, and fulfilling birth experience, Choosing Waterbirth will provide you with all the information, practical guidance, and insight you'll ever need.


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This book is written by a midwife who also had four waterbirths. She not only gives information about waterbirth and preparing for it. She also tells the story of each of her births. Read full review

Choosing Waterbirth: Reclaiming the Sacred Power of Birth

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Bertram, a mother of five and a yoga instructor, recounts each of her labor and delivery experiences using the gentle and natural method of water birth. Intended as an illustrated manual from ... Read full review


Natures Lesson Chapter 3 A Challenging Reality
Why Water?
The Great Appeal
First Impressions
Waterbirth Explained Chapter 8 Making It Happen
Birth Basics
Part IIThe Preparation
Yoga for Pregnancy
Free Movement Dance
The Perfect Place
Part IIIThe Practice
Birth Stories
My First Water Baby
Birth of an Englishman
Thanksgiving Surprise
A Hospital Stay and Then a Home Birth

How to Begin
Prenatal Yoga Class
Deep Relaxation
Breathing Techniques
Following Your Instincts
Birth Center Waterbirth
Congratulations and Welcome
Massage Message

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About the author (2000)

Lakshmi Bertram resides in Yogaville, VA with her husband and six children, all of whom were born in water. She is a Certified Prenatal Yoga Teacher and Personal Trainer and acted as the model for the Integral Yoga for Pregnancy DVD.

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