You can't control everything about your birth. Mine was really positive overall, I laboured in the bath at the Royal Women's for around 8 hours, but had to get out onto the bed because I'd been pushing a bit too long and baby's heartrate was dropping - she was in an odd position in the birth canal and they needed to use a ventouse to help her out and gave me an episiotomy. That was the last 20 minutes and although not ideal, the prior 8 hours I managed just with the bath and gas and air.
The reason I'm giving this context is because I do think that reading this book made me bold enough to stick to gas and air only, rather than any further pain management. The book is quite repetitive but part of this is helpful because it really drums in that although labour is painful, it's healthy pain (in the way that exercising can cause healthy discomfort and sometimes pain of sorts), and it drums in the importance of deep breathing and visualisation. I didn't try to make the specific vocalisations suggested in this book but rather I just let myself make the noises I felt I needed to, but the deep breathing was incredibly helpful and I also kept my eyes shut for much of my labour which allowed me to 'lose myself' a bit.
- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Arena; 1 edition (1 April 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1741750970
- ISBN-13: 978-1741750973
- Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 2 x 20.3 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 816 g
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)