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I discovered with both of my pregnancies there is a mental process to getting ready for childbirth. If you asked me a few weeks ago (I am currently 36 weeks with number 2) about giving birth I would have said "this baby is coming out of me but I cannot imagine how". Now that I am closer my mind and body are getting in sync. I firmly believe in letting the mind go where it needs to go in order to prepare a woman for this amazing experience. I wonder if closer to your friend's birth if she will have experienced a shift in her perspective.
Birthing from Within is a very good suggestion. I also liked "Active Birth" (cannot remember the authot) and "The Thinking Woman's Guide" by Henci Goer. Michel Odent is another good author for natural childbirth.
I think it is also hard because her mom had medication-free and mostly intervention free births and is really pressuring her to try it without any medication, giving her tons of literature about how she is harming her baby, etc. etc. Unfortunately I don't think this is helping the situation.
She must get past the fear of pain & fear of labor, or chances are high she will inhibit her body from ever going into labor, generating the "overdue-induction-pit-epi-failure to progress/fetal distress-c-section" scenario, thus reinforcing all of her fears, and guaranteeing several unnecessary surgeries in her future.
My heart goes out to her. There is so much fear and drama about birth perpetuated by our culture, it is really sad.
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