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Seven Beliefs of Women WhoBirth From Within

Pam England, CNM, MA and Rob Horowitz, PhD

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1. Pregnancy and birth is a rite of passage, not a medical event (even when birthing in a hospital).

2. Connecting with other mothers and women for support and guidance is an essential part of preparation for birth and mothering. 3. The power to birth comes from within them; from their strong bodies and their commitment to do whatever it takes to birth their child.

4. Primitive self-expression, including making noise and losing control, are a natural part of birth (and "looking good" isn't).

5. Protecting their birth space so that it is conducive to birth (quiet, dimly lit, warm and private) is critically important to how their birth will unfold.

7. For western women, birthing from within requires preparation and practice during pregnancy.

Pam England, and Rob Horowitz PhD, are the authors of "Birthing From Within" If you are interested in learning more about developing the pain-coping mindset and skills needed to birth through the pain of normal labor, read the 65 page section called "Birthing Through Pain" in our book, BIRTHING FROM WITHIN: An Extra-Ordinary Guide to Childbirth Preparation.

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