- 4 years ago
- Wedding: October 2011
Just wanted to share a great book that might not be known about in the US (or other countries), but seems quite popular here in Aus. I’m aiming for a natural birth, but have been looking for something that walks the line between the ideals of a natural drug-free birth and the realities for many women which is that birth doesn’t always go perfectly, and may require intervention. I also noticed that many natural childbirth books (like the awesome Ina Mae’s) have many well-trained, dedicated midwives all looking after the labouring woman, the whole time… and that won’t neccessarily be the case in the hospital I’m delivering at, so I want me and my husband to be well-prepared. This book does that for me.
Juju Sundin is a physiotherapist who runs birth classes in Sydney (if only I lived closer) where her focus is on helping mums-to-be develop skills and strategies to deal with and distract from the pain of labour. She emphasises the differences between the ‘healthy pain’ of labour (or any exercise) and ‘sick pain’ of toothache, kidney stones (or I assume, pushing a watermelon through your nose – a common comparison!!). She encourages women to take control and be active during contractions, rather than being passive lying on a bed. She explains each process physically, so you know why things are happening, and how to help them. And she says that drugs and interventions are OK if you need them (I think she had a c-section, and I know that the co-author had an epidural during her labour). Finally, there are lots of positive birth stories, from all different experiences – totally drug-free through to emergency c-sections.
I’m not due for another 12 weeks, but I’ve heard good things from a friend’s sister, and another friend said she used some of the skills during an attempt to turn her breech baby. It can get repetitive (but she does this deliberately to help you remember) and some people might find it ‘flakey’ (but I don’t). I plan to show parts to my husband seeing as he’ll be my main support, and I want him to be very active too, not just sitting back waiting for it to end (I know he wants this too).
This is from her website:
JuJu Sundin believes that even though birth is enormously challenging there is tremendous reward in even trying for a natural birth. And if you need (or choose) some medical assistance, JuJu works with her clients to look upon this as just another option within a range of all options available.
Birth is NOT about being a natural birth, an epidural birth or a Caesarean birth – all of these are possibilities, yet JuJu has seen women get bogged down with these labels for almost 30 years. Before you go into labour, no-one knows what the birth will be like. JuJu believes the focus should be on LEARNING from reading, attending classes, personal insights, life experience, talking and sharing, preparing physically and mentally – and then, on the day, with you as richly equipped as possible, take each 60 sec contraction one by one – see how you go, and who knows – you may surprise yourself.
If you’d like to have a look, I know the book is available on Amazon – I downloaded it to my kindle to start with, but then a friend lent me a copy and I really like the pictures that demonstrate each skill. The layout makes much more sense in hard copy too. http://www.amazon.com/books/dp/1741750970
Hope this helps someone 🙂