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Mindful Birthing

Training the Mind, Body, and Heart for Childbirth and Beyond
Written by: Nancy Bardacke
Length: 15 hrs and 39 mins
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Publisher's Summary

With Mindful Birthing, Nancy Bardacke, nurse-midwife and mindfulness teacher, lays out her innovative program for pregnancy, childbirth, and beyond. Drawing on groundbreaking research in neuroscience, mindfulness meditation, and mind/body medicine, Bardacke offers practices that will help you find calm and ease during this life-changing time, providing lifelong skills for healthy living and wise parenting.

Some of the benefits of mindful birthing:

  • Increases confidence and decreases fear of childbirth
  • Taps in to deep inner resources for working with pain
  • Improves couple communication, connection, and cooperation
  • Provides stress-reducing skills for greater joy and well-being

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2012 Nancy Bardacke (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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Excellent listen very informative

This book was very insightful and well put structured, easy to follow along with the point the author is trying to express. Creative content as far as her personal stories as well!!
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  • Beks
  • 2017-12-18

Slow but Good information

Would you listen to Mindful Birthing again? Why?

I found this really helpful with information and techniques to prepare me for natural birthing.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

It is a book about being calm, listening versus reading, sometimes I'd find myself zoning out and having to rewind. This is something you need to read without being distracted.

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

Breathing and focusing on what is. Nothing more nothing less.

Any additional comments?

I'd definitely recommend this to expectant mothers. :-)

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  • Angel4eva3
  • 2017-10-17

best books ever read for self improvement & birth!

Highly recommend! Learned so much! Great for relaxation techniques and a whole different take on birth and life!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-12-27

Narration became unbearable to finish book.

struggled to finish for two reasons: the author seems not so humble about her mindfulness course she teaches and the narration was terrible. the idea of the book is great, however. I think the first half of the book's information is very helpful!!

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  • k
  • 2019-07-26

Amazing Content & Dubious Delivery

The content of this book is truly amazing. It takes mindfulness and tailors it directly to the experience of those preparing for birth. It gives an entire workshop, essentially, with activities for us to try at home to really improve our mindfulness. All of that part is beyond brilliant and truly important for us to learn in life.

The stumbling block of this book, in my opinion, is the delivery. I don't mean the narrator, her voice is fine. It's the tone of the entire book. While I know the content is amazing, I wish the author could be a bit more humble. Instead of getting sucked into the awesomeness of the material, it is easy to get distracted by the ego of the author. Too often the book reads like a marketing pitch of how ground-breaking the content is. Being a marketer I know there's a fine line between over cheerleading your material and letting it speak for itself, and this author jumps the line too much.

I listened to it for my first baby and was able to focus on the depth of what she was saying, and this time around for the second little guy I'm struggling to get past all the gloat. I'm just trying to extract the meat of what I need to focus on and move on. Perhaps this book would work best in print so you could just highlight the bits you want to know about and skip the boasting? Food for thought.

Again, the depth of what she is saying IS profound and I think crucial to know, just be prepared to handle the emphasis on how important the material is, too.

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  • Efsamli
  • 2019-05-02

unbearable to listen to, I couldn't finish it.

I found the narrator unbearable to listen to. I tried several times over a period of months but just couldn't get past the first couple chapters.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-03-11

Get the actual book

The narrating sounds part robot and is extremely hard to pay attention to, the chapters are not listed and are mislabeled. Not worth the audiobook at all

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  • Kati Zetzman
  • 2020-02-19

Enjoyed this book. Took a lot from it.

Took a lot from this book. It provides real advice that can be used in every day life. Not to far out there

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  • Olivia
  • 2020-01-13

One of the most helpful things I did to prepare

Out of alll of the resources I accessed in preparation for my labor and birth, this was by far one of the most helpful things. I continued to use things I learned in this book even after my baby was born. I swear I was able to get through my unmedicated labor and birth because of the principles learned in this book. I was able to cope and remain mindful throughout. Will read again if I have another baby. I recommend this to any people I know who are pregnant.

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  • Jacquelin
  • 2019-07-04

Balanced approach to child birth

As a pediatrician and someone who has participated in the births of many other people; now that I am pregnant, I was looking for a book that would give me important skills for dealing with child birth and pain, but not make me feel like a terrible person for wanting an epidural. This book does just that. It is presented in a very open minded, non-judge-mental way and talks about many of the unknowns of pregnancy and delivery. I learned some great meditation techniques that I’m sure will be very helpful in the coming months and years. Would highly recommend!

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  • Jessica
  • 2018-10-25

Gem of a guide to birth and life

An absolutely wonderful book full of practical guidance to managing pregnancy, some of the best mindfulness practices and instruction I’ve seen and just so much shared experience of other couples. Highest recommendations to anyone looking for tools to bring calm, perspective and joy to pregnancy, birth and child rearing.