Active Birth : The New Approach to Giving Birth Naturally

In an “active birth,” a mother moves about freely, finds comfortable positions for labor and delivery, and seldom needs drugs or obstetrical interventions. In Active Birth, Janet Balaskas teaches mothers to develop all of their bodily resources for giving birth, to follow their own instincts, and to take full control of the childbirth experience. Active Birth includes:Fully-illustrated exercises for a comfortable, energetic pregnancy
Massage for pregnancy and labor
Ways to create the ideal setting for an active birth in the hospital or at home
Positions for labor and birth, for maximum comfort and efficient contractions
The latest information about water birth, and how to plan one
Exercises for recovery and relaxation after the birth
Helpful tips for partners and birth attendants

Balaskas, Janet
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Harvard Common Press