Active Birth - Revised Edition (Google eBook)

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Mar 16, 1992 - Health & Fitness - 272 pages
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Janet Balaskas led a movement of women who refused to give birth lying down.  She has been teaching women about “active birth” ever since.  In this updated and Americanized guide, Balaskas explains how to prepare for and experience a truly natural birth.  She leads the pregnant woman through yoga-based stretching exercises and massage practice, and describes the stages of labor and comfortable positions for each, at home or in a hospital.  Balaskas has also included a chapter on water birth as well as postpartum exercises.
  

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Contents

1 What Is an Active Birth?
1
2 Your Body in Pregnancy
23
3 Yogabased Exercises for Pregnancy
37
4 Breathing
93
5 Massage
98
6 Labor and Birth
106
7 Active Birth at Home or in the Hospital
161
8 Water Birth
204
10 Postpartum Exercises
225
For the Partner
232
References
235
Recommended Reading
239
Resources
242
Index
249
Back Cover
255
Spine
256

9 After the Birth
217

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About the author (1992)

Janet Balaskas organized the first Active Birth Conference in London. A mother of four, she has written many books on pregnancy and childbirth. She runs a childbirth education clinic.   For more information, please visit Balaskas’ website, ActiveBirthCentre.com.

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