Active Birth - Revised Edition: The New Approach to Giving Birth Naturally

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Harvard Common Press, 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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Review: Active Birth : The New Approach to Giving Birth Naturally

User Review  - Jessi - Goodreads

So this is the last natural birthing book I'm reading, because everything in it except maybe 2 sentences was a repeat of other books. It's not this book's fault; it's just time I stop reading these ... Read full review

Review: Active Birth : The New Approach to Giving Birth Naturally

User Review  - Goodreads

I would have to say I learned the most from Ina May Gaskin's book and this one. They're both written based on the type of birth I want, with great detail for things that I'm actually interested in ... Read full review

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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,

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