There are some things that really appeal to me about the Birthing from Within mentor training. I love the self-exploration aspect mentors go through. I think that's really neat.
Originally Posted by momileigh
I would never (and when I say "I" I don't think I'm alone) say "yes!" to pain, and it seems that's what the book expects.
That was a turn-off for me as well when I read it during my second pregnancy. I loved the journaling and birth art stuff. That was awesome. I hated the unending messages of embracing pain. I actually chucked the book across the room when I got to the part where the midwife said she blows out candles and tells women to get to work if she shows up at a birth with candles and a woman relaxing peacefully.
I think Pam's own experience of being blindsided by a much more painful birth than she was expecting factors in to why she talks so much about embracing pain. It may be that most women reading the book need to hear that message, so perhaps it's best as it is. It was definitely not
needed at the time.
I ended up having a peaceful, relaxed, painless home water birth, which is exactly the type of birth I wanted and I don't think I would have had it if my midwife had adopted the same attitude as the midwife in the book.
I didn't find what I needed to achieve that within the pages of Birthing from Within
so I looked elsewhere (hypnosis).
Anyway, I think the book could be better. I know two BFW mentors who are really awesome people and I'm sure their classes are fantastic. I teach Hypnobabies classes, which is what works for me and the majority of my students. I'm not sure I could get over my own hang-ups regarding embracing pain and being a birth warrior even though teaching a BFW style class appeals to me on many levels.