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Dreambirth : transforming the journey of childbirth through imagery
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  Library Journal Review

This title is based on Shainberg's seven years of working with health-care professionals in developing imagery exercises that can be used by women during all stages of pregnancy. Comprised of four sections, the book moves from preconception to welcoming the new baby into the family. The imagery exercises within each chapter are usually introduced with explanations of corresponding situations. They are mostly less than a page in length, focusing the reader through imagery and breathing. Some of the exercises are for both parents or just the father. The epilog includes stories about situations in which the imagery exercises worked. Appendixes contain imagery exercises for dealing with certain circumstances such as surgical procedures, medical tests, and premature contractions and a list of all the exercises by chapter. While most of the book provides reassurance to the mother and encourages connection with the baby, the author acknowledges that the exercises' effectiveness is based more on circumstantial evidence than formal clinical trials. VERDICT This title is relevant to women who are interested in applying alternative methods of connecting with their babies. Libraries with consumer health connections should consider this title, especially if there is patron interest in complementary and alternative medicine.]-Rebecca Raszewski, Univ. of Illinois Lib., Chicago (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

The creative imagery expertise and medical background of School of Images founder Shainberg (Kabbalah and the Power of Dreaming) joins with the wisdom of seven compassionate birth professionals in this practical, comprehensive guidebook that offers 161 targeted visualizations to address almost every situation likely to arise during pregnancy and childbirth. Gentle exercises, designed to use the body-mind connection to focus intention, dissipate fear, explore possibilities, connect with the growing child, and manage pain, are chronologically arranged to take heavy planners all the way from conception to postpartum healing. Individual exercises stand well enough alone that a doula or partner could begin using them for the first time at the hospital, or to address problems, such as relieving fetal distress, rotating a mispositioned baby, or preparing the body for a Caesarean. Shainberg comes across as a caring and trustworthy guide, offering the reins to the mother to consciously direct her experience during labor and delivery. Exercises focused on communicating with the unborn child, for both parents, will help families feel bonded well before the birth. The affirming metaphysical framework contains a surprising amount of accurate medical information about each stage of pregnancy and its associated diagnostics and procedures, without the anxious tone common to many baby books. Shainberg gives the birthing woman comfort and control as she accesses her own wisdom. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
<p>Bringing a new life into the world is the most profound act of creativity in the human experience. "By communicating with your body through the language of dreams and imagery," teaches Dr. Catherine Shainberg, "you can experience the journey of childbirth we were meant to have--exhilarating, natural, and overflowing with love." With DreamBirth®, this leading imagery expert offers practical exercises and guidance becoming an active participant in all four phases of childbirth--conception, pregnancy, labor, and post-partum care. Created as an essential resource for parents, midwives, fertility experts, and any birth care professional, DreamBirth includes:</p> <p>Instruction in using imagery and conscious dreaming to activate the creative power of your mind and the deep wisdom of your body<br> * Pre-conception and conception--practices for preparing to conceive and calling to the spirit of your child<br> * In-depth guidance for navigating each trimester of pregnancy, the two stages of labor, and essential early bonding<br> * Effective imagery for dissolving anxiety around childbirth<br> * Techniques for fathers and partners, and much more<br> "Focusing our intention lets us consciously begin the process of dreaming forth a new life," teaches Dr. Shainberg. With DreamBirth, this innovative teacher shows you how you can use creativity and imagery to carry you through an aware conception, a conscious pregnancy, a natural and joyous birth, and the loving reception of your child into your family.</p>
Table of Contents
Prefacep. ix
Introduction: The Power of Dreamingp. xvii
Part 1The Journey of Conception
Chapter 1Pre-conception: Clearing the Wayp. 3
Chapter 2Conception: Calling Forth a Soulp. 35
Part 2Milestones of Pregnancy
Chapter 3First Trimester: Exciting Newsp. 57
Chapter 4Second Trimester: Basking in the Glowp. 81
Chapter 5Pregnancy: The Rush to Preparep. 115
Part 3Welcoming Your Baby
Chapter 6Labor: The Flower Opensp. 153
Chapter 7Postpartum and Bonding: First Smilesp. 189
Part 4Embracing the Larger Family
Chapter 8Fathers and Partnersp. 237
Epilogue: When Your Child Dreams Youp. 271
Excerpts of DreamBirth Stories    Claudia Rosenhouse-Raikenp. 277
Acknowledgmentsp. 285
Appendix 1For Surgical Procedures and Medical Testsp. 287
Appendix 2To Stop Premature Contractions and Repair Placenta Previap. 293
Appendix 3List of Exercisesp. 297
Notesp. 303
Indexp. 305
About the Authorp. 321
Doulasp. 323
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