Giving birth can be a scary thing. Our society portrays it as a hard battle that needs to be fought laying down in a hospital hooked up to machines with lots and lots of drugs. This looks scary. It feels scary. If this is all you have seen of childbirth, and if you think this is your only option, you may, rightfully, be scared. I am here to let you know, you do have more options. The Sacred Gift of Childbirth is a wonderful book that will help you see those options and figure out which is best for you. If you want to have a hospital birth with drugs, drugs and more drugs, that is your choice. I do not (or try not to) judge anyone for the choices they make. My goal is to provide and spread the information you need to make the right choice for YOU. Information is power. You choose what is best for you and your baby. Having all the information is the first step to making an informed choice, whatever that choice may be.
The Sacred Gift of Childbirth is a wonderful book that really delves deep into how birth effects a woman, a couple and a family emotionally, mentally and spiritually. The Sacred Gift Of Childbirth has facts and statistics about medical procedures that can help you make the right choice for your family. The Sacred Gift Of Childbirth does focus on having a natural (medicine and intervention free) birth and gives information on how medicine and interventions effect the entire birth process. Even if you are 100% positive you want an epidural and all the interventions available, I suggest you read this book if only to understand what the medicine and interventions do. Knowledge is power. The Sacred Gift of Childbirth has thoughts and questions at the end of each chapter that will help you make the right decisions for you and your family.
The Sacred Gift of Childbirth does focus on the spiritual aspect of pregnancy and childbirth. The author is LDS (Latter Day Saint) and the book has scriptures and quotes from prophets and other general authorities. If you are LDS as well, The Sacred Gift Of Childbirth is an amazing book for you. If you are not LDS you will still gain great knowledge and comfort in the childbirth process from this book.
If I had to suggest one book for anyone to read about the birthing process I would suggest The Sacred Gift of Childbirth. Giving birth is such an intimate, personal, incredible experience. I want every single woman to look back at her birth with love, joy and fondness. Your birth experience is in your hands. Know what you want, know your rights and responsibilities. Arm yourself with the knowledge and power to have the birth experience YOU want.
You can purchase The Sacred Gift of Childbirth: Making Empowered Choices for You and Your Baby online for $12.99 (paperback) or $5.99 (kindle edition). This would make a lovely baby shower present! I intent to keep this book and lend it to my pregnant friends and pass it on to my children.
About The Author
Marie Ange Bigelow, MT, CD(DONA) graduated magna cum laude from Utah State University with a degree in Music Therapy. After becoming a board-certified music therapist, Marie spent two years specializing in Music Therapy Assisted Childbirth. She has been a certified birth-doula and childbirth educator since 2004, and has supported hundreds of births in hospitals, birth centers, and homes. Marie learned early on that she had a passion and gift for public speaking when she was named Idaho’s Junior Miss in 1999, and spent a year traveling the state giving motivational presentations. She continues to enjoy the opportunity to educate others while connecting with them on a personal level through her Music Birth childbirth education classes, and consistently receives positive reviews and high praise from her students. As a pioneer in her field in Boise, Idaho, Marie founded Treasure Valley Doulas where she served as director of the group for seven years. Along with her own child-birth centered blog, Marie’s work has been featured in International Doula and popular websites such as SheKnows.com. To learn more about Marie and her unique services, visit her Facebook page and her Website.
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