MIND OVER LABOR: Using the Mind's Power to Reduce the Pain of Childbirth by Carl Jones

MIND OVER LABOR: Using the Mind's Power to Reduce the Pain of Childbirth

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A clear, concise guide, using mental imagery, to making labor and childbirth what it is--a natural process. The author shows expectant mothers how to reduce the fear and pain of labor and how to have a safe and happy birth for herself and her child. There are eight steps described, which flow from the core of understanding the inner event of labor. Some of the steps include developing a positive image of birth, relaxing the mind by visualizing beautiful scenes, such as a babbling brook, the use of music, a peaceful labor room, and imaging the mother's self in the womb looking at her unborn baby. Jones suggests creating the best possible birthing environment--at home, at a birthing center, or at a hospital, in that descending order. It is important, he says, to make one's needs known to the medical staff, for example, one's wish to hold the baby right after birth, to have the father present, no bright lights, etc. A lovely resource book for expectant Couples.

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 1987
Publisher: Viking