Book Recommendation: Active Birth

by Crystal Bowden

Active Birth: The New Approach to Giving Birth Naturally

By Janet Balaskas

This book uses an approach of preparation using Hatha yoga to ready your body for childbirth. Active birth is the process of having a normal labor and birth by following the instincts of your body. Included are very in depth descriptions of the exercises along with pictures, which make them easy to do even for someone who has no prior experience with yoga. There are also great explanations of why each exercise is beneficial and guidelines for times when they should not be attempted.

This book makes great use of its pictures, showing many different positions for labor and birth. They are really beautiful photographs, portraying women without fear that have complete faith in their bodies. There is much emphasis put on the use of the squatting position for the second stage of labor, along with many different ideas on ways squatting can easily be accomplished. There is also a nice little section on homeopathic remedies to use during labor and a great recipe for an herbal bath for after birth.

Active Birth was a great book to read with the added benefit of not being too time consuming because of the amount of pictures used throughout. I definitely think that it is a book every doula or childbirth educator should read and especially every expectant mama!

Crystal is a doula and a childbirth educator for Baby Steps.  She lives in Douglasville with her husband, son, and daughter.

Baby Steps offers natural and prepared childbirth classes in the metro Atlanta area.  Current locations include East Point, Douglasville, Marietta, Kennesaw, Buckhead, Sandy Springs, Lawrenceville, and Decatur.  If these locations are not convenient for you we also offer private, in-home classes on your schedule.  Contact us for more information.  babysteps@babystepsonline.net