ok so now that we are actually closer to the big moment I wanted to see if I was the only one that hasn't read the book :) No really I read for a little while, had a hard time making time to do the meditations and started putting it off. So Now I'm going to take it on vacation with me this weekend and hope to get through it so I can start practicing.
Mindful Birthing book -- anyone else working with it? - Page 2
I finished the book, but it did take me a while to get through. I think overall it did help and I appreciated the open mindedness of the book (as opposed to saying that one way is better than another, etc). I hope you get a chance to read it. I also read birthing from within, and I would have to say I preferred Mindful Birthing.
I refer back to the sections about labor and fear/pain quite often. I think they are the best I've ever read, and I admit I'm a kind of birth junkie. I already practice mindfulness as part of my personal path, but I felt this book and he practices offered a lot in terms of pregnancy/birth specific practices as well as body awareness stuff. My husband couldn't get into, though, so we didn't do it together. In the end, I decided to lean very heavily on hypnobabies, which I used last birth to great success, and to also give myself permission to not use hypnobabies if I didn't want to, and to just be as awake and mindful of my experience as possible. Yet I'm enjoying my hypnobabies practice so much, and I really look forward to having so many excellent tools for birthing. I feel it's going to be a great experience with a healthy and joyful outcome no matter what "techniques" I employ. So, we'll see what happens!