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Childbirth can be an empowering and positive experience that you treasure for the rest of your life. KG Hypnobirthing teaches simple and gentle techniques that have a profound effect on you and on your baby.KG Hypnobirthing can reduce the need for pain relief and shorten labor, and you are more likely to experience a natural, calm, comfortable birth. It actively involves the father or partner; you will both learn skills to instill confidence about the birth and your role as parents.

The Hypnobirthing Book and audio relaxations are a complete antenatal preparation which guides you to achieve the birth you want -- for you and for your baby.

©2012, 2014 Katharine Graves (P)2017 Katharine Graves

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Helpful and encouraging

My midwife recommended I read this book to help prepare for the arrival of my first child but with little time on my hands, I was stoked to find an audio version I could dive into on the go, or before I went to sleep.
I found the content of this book very helpful as it closely aligned with my antenatal classes. There were parts that I didn't totally agree with and most of the meditations were not really for me but I found them interesting to think about and listen to nonetheless. I have given three stars for the performance and overall sections because I found it odd the book, written from the perspective of a woman, was being read by a man, and the chapters of the book didn't line up with the chapter sections of the audio app - this made it a bit tricky to go back and relisten to chapters and skip ahead easily to the meditation sections at the end.

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Enjoyed listening to this excellent book

This book is a gold mine for a gentle natural birth looking forward to my upcoming birth.

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  • vik jf
  • 26-11-2018

A man is narrating, such a female needed voice!

Who is the geuniess that give a man this job??? it's so distracting when a man is explaining how to give birth and prepare your body for it!

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  • GL
  • 09-09-2018

Why would you have a man narrate a birthing book?

Seriously, why? The last thing I want to hear is another old man telling me how to have a baby. It’s superficial, but it changes the experience of the book.

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  • BubblySwirl
  • 24-11-2018

Jarring Narration

I dont know why the publishers thought it would be a good idea to have a man narrate this book. I found his voice to be jarring and abrupt. I think a soft, peaceful female voice would have been far more palatable. I also think the book took to long to get to the point. Too much fluff.

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  • Amber
  • 08-08-2018

Read differently

I would've preferred a woman reading the audio. The way I see it there's absolutely no way a man can comprehend what we women go through. However I did enjoy the book

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  • HappyGardener
  • 02-01-2020

Some helpful info

Narrated by a man- uh what?! Redundant. You’re better off reading Ina May Gaskin’s Guide to Childbirth.

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  • Siarhei Semashka
  • 16-08-2019

Didn’t hear much information about actual hypnobirthing

There was information about birthing process, a lot about KG course and its benefits, many mediations. Why give mediations inside the book, if I cannot download them and listen later when I need it.
Quite disappointed. I expected to learn breathing techniques and more about state of mind. But, as for me, there was very little info about that.

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  • Michael Lutes
  • 20-12-2020

Empowering and information.

I’m pregnant with my first child. My Mother had 9 and has commented that most of the information in here she didn’t learn till she was on her seventh child.
Thankfully the world has changed since she had children and all this information is readily available to us.
I highly recommend any woman to listen to this book, I loved learning more about my child and myself as well as ways to empower my body for childbirth.

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  • Heather C
  • 29-01-2018

Extremely useful and full of information

This book is so fantastic! It gave me so much information that I wasn’t aware of and I know it will help with my delivery. Thanks for writing this!

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  • Stephanie Zang
  • 03-01-2021

Couldn’t get past narration

The content is probably helpful but I could not get past a male narrator for a birth book.

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  • Shana Smith
  • 29-09-2020

Best book on the market for Hypnobirthing!

I absolutely loved this book. yes... the one down side is the males voice, it's the reason I chose this book last. However it's the only book that really explains to you what you need to know about your body and even has exercises and meditations for you to practice. I'll definitely be listening to this again before birth.

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  • Stephen
  • 06-12-2017

A must for all pregnant people and their support person

I loved this book. Started listening to it at 34 weeks and really think it will be beneficial to my birth
So many good tips
I just wish the hypno recordings were labelled and listed seperately / easily accessible

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-01-2019

Female voice to pitchy and anoying

The content of the book is good but I could not relax to the female voice. The way the voice goes up and down with pitchy high sounds is so un-natural to me. The way she talks makes me think more about where she puts the effort in each word rather than the context of what each sentence means. The man has a much more pleasant reading voice.

This has nothing to do with gender, I have been listening to another hypnobirthing book with a female narrator and she has a very comfortable and calming voice.

I would reccommend recording the book again with a different narrator for the female voice.

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  • Miss Bentley
  • 27-07-2020

Narrated by a man - really?!

I can not believe this book which is written by a woman, for women, about female bodies is narrated by a man. I found this so jarring, listening to him explaining women's Birth experiences. Who made that decision!? (a man I'm guessing)

Factually, the book is good and is recommended by nhs midwifes. I hope they rerecord this with a new narrater.

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  • Francesca Dabinett
  • 22-08-2019

Awful

Not only are the narrators voices really off putting on this one the general quality of the audio is not good. I was constantly having to adjust the volume. Having a male narrating all about birth really wasn't for me I'm afraid!

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  • jenn
  • 05-01-2019

Needs to be re-recorded.

The content of this book is great but it really really really needs to be recorded again the sound is awful. His voice his deep and harsh on the speakers and her voice is high and scratchy! Very hard to do the relaxation techniques because of it.

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  • RahRah
  • 06-07-2018

Not the right book for me

I find Katherines' voice haunting, I'm glad most of it is narrated by someone else. It's a good start to hypnobirthing, and gives you plenty to think about and discuss with your midwife and partner but parts like how to say "no" in various ways is patronising, I don't know anybody who is that much of a pushover or any medical professional who's that forceful. I'm going to listen to a different book now until I find the one that speaks to me, we're all different so just give it a go, like I said you'll get something from the book/hypnobirthing just wasn't for me this author

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  • Jennifer
  • 13-04-2020

I should have just got to book to read

Worst audio I've experienced. Not sure who's idea it was to have a male voice read it but this male in particular has a harsh voice and I can't retain the info because of it, I'm on my 3rd attempt at listening to chapter 4 as it's just not going in. it's a shame because I've seen a lot of women recommend this book recently. I don't think I'm going to continue as apparently the authors voice is even worse.

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  • Clare
  • 29-05-2021

why. does. a. man. read this.

I'm sure the book is good but it needs to be re recorded. the man's voice reading about intimate female experiences from a female perspective makes no sense and makes it very difficult to connect with what is being said. it's farcical really. the music behind the audio relaxination tracks is quite unsettling and a bit disturbing. Basically does nothing to help you relax. The buts read by Katherine needed to be sound engineered cause her voice is not soothing as it cracks a bit so a bad recording is even more jarring to listen to. buy the book, do not buy the audio book

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  • Sarah
  • 21-05-2021

Weird voice

The guy voice is good I do not find it weird to have a guy narrating at all. What’s so strange is the women voice! So annoying and I cannot relax to her voice. She goes up and down in a funny way and I cannot meditate listening to her voice! Content is good and I quite enjoy it.

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  • Morango
  • 11-04-2021

4 hours in labour

This book explains what hypnobirthing is and how to practice it. I had an incredible 4 hours labour experience (first baby). I was able to breathe and relax during contractions. I highly recommend this book to anyone.

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