An Easier Childbirth
A Mother's Guide to Birthing Normally
By Gayle Peterson, Ph.D.
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Childbirth should be one of the most joyful experiences
in a woman's life. All too frequently it is one of the most fearful.
In An Easier Childbirth, Gayle Peterson, a nationally recognized
leader in the field of perinatal psychology, prepares the mother-to-be
for the most positive experience possible utilizing a childbirth preparation
method based on medical research that shows emotional factors to be
important in a healthy pregnancy and delivery.
An Easier Childbirth begins with a personal
"birth preparation inventory." It then addresses the mother's
fears and concerns through exercises aimed at decreasing her anxiety
and increasing her confidence and sense of well-being. Guided imagery,
visualization, and journal writing help the mother-to-be learn ways
of yielding comfortably and safely into the entire childbirth process.
All women, whether first-time mothers or women who have given birth
before, whether they desire a natural or a medicated delivery, will
benefit from this proven program.
From the Introduction: Becoming a Mother
Making the Most of the Prenatal Journey
Postpartum Blues and Support
Your Partner's Role During Labor
Siblings at Birth
"This program starts where traditional education
ends. Here is a truly personal preparation for childbirth, reaching emotional
and unconscious depths."
David Chamberlain, Ph.D., President of the Pre- and Perinatal Psychology
Association of North America and author of Babies Remember Birth
"An Easier Childbirth should be read by every
expectant parent. Peterson's workbook focuses on the personal reality
of the pregnant couple, offering valuable approaches to explore and resolve
emotional issues prior to birth. This extremely important process, which
is overlooked in most childbirth books, is the essence of preparation."
Elizabeth Noble, author of Childbirth with Insight and Exercises
for the Childbearing Year.
Review by Peggy
O'Mara, editor and publisher of Mothering magazine.
Peterson, MSSW, LCSW, PhD is a family therapist
specializing in prenatal and family development. She
trains professionals in her prenatal counseling model
and is the author of An
Easier Childbirth, Birthing
Normally and her latest book, Making
Healthy Families. Her articles on family relationships
appear in professional journals and she is an oft-quoted
expert in popular magazines such as Woman's Day,
Mothering and Parenting. . She also serves on the advisory board for Fit
Gayle Peterson has written family columns for ParentsPlace.com,
and the Bay Area's Parents Press newspaper.
She has also hosted a live radio show, "Ask Dr.
Gayle" on www.ivillage.com/music/,
answering questions on family relationships and parenting.
Dr. Peterson has appeared on numerous radio and television
interviews including Canadian broadcast as a family
and communications expert in the twelve part documentary
"Baby's Best Chance". She is former clinical
director of the Holistic Health Program at John F. Kennedy
University in Orinda, California and adjunct faculty
at the California Institute for Integral Studies in
San Francisco. A national public speaker on women's
issues and family development, Gayle Peterson practices
psychotherapy in Berkeley, California and is a wife,
mother of two adult children and a proud grandmother.
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