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Book Review of Birth Journeys – by Kylie Sheffield, published in Birth Matters, Journal of Maternity Coalition

“When I was pregnant with my first child, my lovely wise mum told me to be careful what I read and loaned me her treasured copy of Frederick Leboyer’s Birth Without Violence. Three babies (and four years on Birth Matters) later, the list of books I loan and recommend to pregnant friends and loved ones is extremely short. Leonie MacDonald’s Birth Journeys has just joined it.” ~ Kylie Sheffield, previous editor of Birth Matters.

Maternity Coalition Review of Birth Journeys
Maternity Coalition is a National, Not-for-profit organisation working towards better choices, care practices and access to Maternity Care in Australia, as well as education and advocacy for consumers. Find out more or join a group near you when you visit the Maternity Coalition website.

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Creative Parenting for Fun – ebook giveaway

From My Bookshelf

I’m very excited that my friend Amber Greene has just published her ebook, Creative Parenting for Fun: simple secrets for transforming your family life, one idea at a time. I am reading Amber’s book at the moment and I am loving all the crafty inspiration! From songs, to toys, to simple ways to make each day special and flow a little more easily, Amber’s book is full of ideas, strategies and knowledge. Amber has worked with young children for over 20 years as a teacher and playgroup leader and she is the mother of an 18 year old, a 5 year old and a newborn.

Visit Amber’s blog Parenting Fun Everyday to see how Amber supports parents to live a creative life with their children. Amber sees creativity as a means to enjoying the journey and create win-win situations in the home to reduce frustrations, stress, and behavioural challenges too. Sign up to her monthly newsletter and receive a free downloadable Weekly Meal Planner printable.

Buy a copy of Amber’s book by May 30th and you will go into the draw to win one of 19 fabulous prizes donated by Amber’s sponsors! Creative Parenting for Fun is available as a downloadable ebook for $30 or as a special duo pack of ebook and paperback for $60.

Creative Parenting for Fun BookGiveaway

Amber is hosting a giveaway of her ebook for one lucky Birth Journeys friend.

To enter, follow both of these steps.

  1. Sign up to Positive Birth News
  2. Leave a comment below sharing a time when you used a creative or imaginative solution to make an everyday problem with your child easier and happier (eg bath time, getting dressed, sitting in the car seat).

Giveaway closes on May 20, 2013. My favourite comment will win a free copy of the ebook Creative Parenting for Fun.


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Give Joy and Peace

25 Ways to Joy and Inner Peace is the second beautiful book and meditation CD from Danette Watson and Stephanie Corkhill-Hyles (artist and Birth Journeys contributor).

This is a beautiful collection of inspiring and joyful images and an affirmation CD for new mothers offering a powerful way to recharge, relax, feel centred, nurtured and filled with love for themselves and their new baby. What a wonderful way to feel!

After benefiting from meditation, relaxations and hypnobirthing in preparation for birth, I found a void in my life once my babies were out in the world and in my arms. Although I was over the moon in love with my babies, I missed the wonderful energising, grounding and calming effects of meditation in my life. This book and CD set helped me to slow down and give back to myself as well as my new babies.

With meditations like these (following), 25 Ways to Joy and Inner Peace for Mothers has positive and reassuring messages for every new mother.

“Trust.
Breathing in… I trust that I am the perfect Mother for my baby.
Breathing out… I am exactly where I am meant to be and I have everything I need within me to handle all that Life and Motherhood brings.”

“Surround yourself with love and support.
Breathing in… I choose to gather nurturing, supportive people around me who extend love and caring.
Breathing out… I feel love and support flowing easily to my baby and me.”

“Be patient and forgiving with yourself.
Breathing in… I know there is no one right way to mother and no one mothers quite like me. I am special.
Breathing out… I am patient and gentle with myself…I allow myself to make mistakes as I learn and grow.”

I really recommend this as a special gift for new mothers or for women who are mothers to a baby growing within.

25 Ways to Joy and Inner Peace for Mothers is available from the Birth Journeys website for $29.95 We have only TWO copies!

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Must Read Birth Books From My Bookshelf – Hypnobirthing: The Mongan Method

Hypnobirthing: The Mongan Method by Marie F. Mongan is an exciting book that opened my eyes to the possibility that birth could be amazing! This book explains how your muscles will work in labour and how fear impacts on this process. It illustrates how being calm and relaxed will give you a smoother, easier and even pain-free birth.

Hypnobirthing offers advice on selecting and communicating with your care providers, ways to help you bond and fall in love with your baby in the womb, relaxation exercises, positive birth affirmations, ideas for partners to support you, suggestions for positions, relaxations and breathing that will be helpful during labour, and much more.

Regularly listening to the hypnobirthing relaxations will help you to become deeply relaxed and enter into an altered state of consciousness. If you able to reach this state during labour it is possible that you will experience birth as pain-free (I did!). Feeling calm and relaxed will help you to have a more positive birthing experience, however your labour unfolds.

Hypnobirthing offers the knowledge and techniques that will help you to become less fearful, less anxious, more comfortable, more confident and accepting of birth.