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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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  • L. C. Woods
  • 11-07-2018

even helped for c-section

I read this book to prepare for a beautiful natural birth. I got a c-section, it was hard and scary, but what I learned from this book helped me navigate it more mindfully. It's very worthwhile.

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  • Caramelslice
  • 09-07-2018

Too good to put down

I must say this book is too good to put down. I had insomnia before I got pregnant due to my stress at work and problems. my marriage. After pregnancy I could barely sleep. The calming voice of this book put me at ease during many sleepless nights. Now my sleep cannot be better. Tip - try listening to the the body scan section of the book while going for a walk in the quiet park or the in forrest. All problems in life solved, at once.

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  • CS
  • 16-01-2018

Highly Recommend

I found this book very helpful as I prepared for labor and birth. It provided a lot of different techniques and ways to stay present during the experience. I especially found the chapter in fear and specifically fear of pain to be especially useful. I have studied Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and the author skillfully transferred concepts nicely to apply them to the birth experience.

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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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