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With Mindful Birthing, Nancy Bardacke, nurse-midwife and mindfulness teacher, lays out her innovative program for pregnancy, childbirth, and beyond. Drawing on groundbreaking research in neuroscience, mindfulness meditation, and mind/body medicine, Bardacke offers practices that will help you find calm and ease during this life-changing time, providing lifelong skills for healthy living and wise parenting.

Some of the benefits of mindful birthing:

  • Increases confidence and decreases fear of childbirth
  • Taps in to deep inner resources for working with pain
  • Improves couple communication, connection, and cooperation
  • Provides stress-reducing skills for greater joy and well-being

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2012 Nancy Bardacke (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Beks
  • 18-12-2017

Slow but Good information

Would you listen to Mindful Birthing again? Why?

I found this really helpful with information and techniques to prepare me for natural birthing.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

It is a book about being calm, listening versus reading, sometimes I'd find myself zoning out and having to rewind. This is something you need to read without being distracted.

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

Breathing and focusing on what is. Nothing more nothing less.

Any additional comments?

I'd definitely recommend this to expectant mothers. :-)

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  • Angel4eva3
  • 17-10-2017

best books ever read for self improvement & birth!

Highly recommend! Learned so much! Great for relaxation techniques and a whole different take on birth and life!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-12-2018

Narration became unbearable to finish book.

struggled to finish for two reasons: the author seems not so humble about her mindfulness course she teaches and the narration was terrible. the idea of the book is great, however. I think the first half of the book's information is very helpful!!

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  • Taylor Anderson
  • 11-03-2020

Get the actual book

The narrating sounds part robot and is extremely hard to pay attention to, the chapters are not listed and are mislabeled. Not worth the audiobook at all

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  • k
  • 26-07-2019

Amazing Content & Dubious Delivery

The content of this book is truly amazing. It takes mindfulness and tailors it directly to the experience of those preparing for birth. It gives an entire workshop, essentially, with activities for us to try at home to really improve our mindfulness. All of that part is beyond brilliant and truly important for us to learn in life. The stumbling block of this book, in my opinion, is the delivery. I don't mean the narrator, her voice is fine. It's the tone of the entire book. While I know the content is amazing, I wish the author could be a bit more humble. Instead of getting sucked into the awesomeness of the material, it is easy to get distracted by the ego of the author. Too often the book reads like a marketing pitch of how ground-breaking the content is. Being a marketer I know there's a fine line between over cheerleading your material and letting it speak for itself, and this author jumps the line too much. I listened to it for my first baby and was able to focus on the depth of what she was saying, and this time around for the second little guy I'm struggling to get past all the gloat. I'm just trying to extract the meat of what I need to focus on and move on. Perhaps this book would work best in print so you could just highlight the bits you want to know about and skip the boasting? Food for thought. Again, the depth of what she is saying IS profound and I think crucial to know, just be prepared to handle the emphasis on how important the material is, too.

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  • Efsamli
  • 02-05-2019

unbearable to listen to, I couldn't finish it.

I found the narrator unbearable to listen to. I tried several times over a period of months but just couldn't get past the first couple chapters.

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  • dilajt
  • 02-11-2020

Nothing new under the sun...

It might have been revolutional in times she started her work. But now? I feel like it's a book for someone who never heard about meditation. I was recommended this book by someone, but I cannot enjoy it much. 12h of hearing stuff you heard 100 times before is annoying. I returned it.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 23-10-2020

Amazing and life changing

It has helped me learn to live in the present moment. I am sure it will help with labor, but what surprised me is it helps with my relationships with family and my inner peace.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-08-2020

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  • jessica harder
  • 19-04-2020

A powerful tool for birth

I loved the information and practice providing in this book. It was very helpful with management of pregnancy and birth. I was very happy to have the writer discuss the pain and difficulty of pregnancy. My pregnancies are extremely painful and most books don’t address that. It helped with the management of my mental blocks that I had created dure to past pregnancy experience. My only critique of the book is that the first about 3/4ths of the book was very powerful and strong providing wonderful tools and techniques and the last fourth ended with not quite as powerful of a message. I would have liked the actress reading the book to be a bit more ferm and powerful in her reading. She spoke in a softer and compassionate manner. Which may resonate with some listeners but I feel a topic such as birth should be spoken of with strength and power. As giving birth is literally the most powerful thing any human is capable of doing.

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  • Rose
  • 21-06-2017

Incredibly helpful and practical

I love this audio book as it's a practical look at how to prepare for birth - it feels easily achieveable and really improves confidence

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