Does anyone have any experience with the birthing from within method? Any thoughts or feedback?
I've just registered us for a class at our freestanding birth center. We decided really last minute to do formal natural birth education at all - I would have been interested in hypnobirthing or yoga way to birth, but we couldn't do either of those programs before my EDD!
I'm really hoping for a program which brings SO on board - he is totally supportive of my out of hospital birth, but I think he is even more clueless than average for a first time dad (bless his little heart).
Laszlo Jacob, 11/9/11
I read the book & loved it. I also took a "Preparation for Parenthood" class that incorporated some of the BFW methods along with prenatal yoga & kind of group counseling/sharing, and really loved that, too. I'm not sure how good it is as a labor coping tool, but it's definitely great as a getting-your-mind-in-the-right-place tool.
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I thought the book (well, the first half of it) was pretty goofy. I hope the class is much better for you!
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I'm a pretty woo-woo kind of person, but the book was too artsy for me to get through. I have no idea what a class might be like, but I hope you like it!
Mara & Joel, 2009
Oh dear. I was really hoping for a pretty pragmatic approach to birth in class... We'll see how it goes!
thanks for the feedback, ladies!
Laszlo Jacob, 11/9/11
I'm a research and numbers gal, not a get in touch with my emotions type so I couldn't make it far into the book.
I would bet though a class would be a whole lot better, where there's an actual person walking you through it and not just a lot of vague ideals thrown at you.
Hey Jasmine! Oh yea, this book freaked me out a little lol, there was this one part where they talk about singing to their baby's with a kazoo... you can almost hear me rolling my eyes lol! And how the writer kept saying "we" like they were a cult lol... just not for me! I hope the class is great for you though! Have you read the Hypnobirthing book?
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I enjoyed the Birthing From Within book, but it is very artsy. BFW is really big on individualized psychological preparation for birth, and it can be a little "out there." I have a friend through the local doula group who teaches the classes in a neighboring city and she says that sometimes people are afraid to take her class because they think it is going to be like that, but with her as the instructor, it's not. (This is the facebook note where she wrote about it: http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=488865456313) So I think sometimes it depends a little on the instructor.
I really liked the BFW book for the precise reason that it is a little "out there".
I'm a very pragmatic person (with a background in biology!), and found that despite knowing all the medical details about pregnancy and birth, reading all the research on every topic that came up, etc.. did not actually prepare me for what birth was about. Yes, it is about keeping yourself and baby healthy and all that, but none of it deals with all the other issues that come up - particularly fears: what is it like? what am I worried about? How should I deal with these fears?
Why did I find this most important? well, because feeling comfortable and trusting is the main thing that decreases your chances of having any interventions. So if we could deal with our fears, then a mother should have the best chance at a intervention-free birth.
I really liked the approach of trying to deal with fears from all different angles that I wouldn't normally do. Did I actually do any of them? Not really, but simply thinking about them helped a lot. If there had been a course, I might have even taken it because I think that a bunch of the things would be much easier to do in a group setting (her if everyone is sitting aronud in a circle painting their fears, the idea that "this is stupid" might not be my focus anymore!
So I say - go for it! I think you'll get more out of it than you might expect!
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