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Shelves: parenting Well, well. What to say about this book. To preface, I should say that I grew up being told by my own mother exactly what this author is saying, namely, that contractions during childbirth don't hurt and that giving birth is just a lot of pressure "down there". My mom described the feeling of contractions to me as a heavy truck hanging from a rope that is attached at your cervix, pulling down into a deep abyss of nothingness, but not painfully. And so, for most of my teenage years I assumed that Well, well. And so, for most of my teenage years I assumed that most other women who gave birth were just a little overly sensitive, imagining pain were in fact there wasn't any.
But it did make the whole experience easier and more peaceful, at least up to a certain degree. A long preface to say: I came into reading this book without prejudice, but excitement to learn more about why I was experiencing pain in my deliveries when my mom didn't, and to find out what I was doing "wrong. As proof for this claim she tells second-hand stories of "simple, uneducated, poor" women who give birth under a bridge, or in a ditch during WW1, or "African" women simply squatting next to a wall and having their babies with great ease, and mammals who calmly give birth, without pain and screaming.
Not only are most, if not all, of these stories offensive, but they are also completely unscientific. First of all, who is to say that mammals don't experience pain during childbirth only because they are quiet during it? I once saw a cow giving birth on TV and it did not seem like that poor animal was comfortable. Secondly, who are these anonymous women whose stories she is telling us as proof, whom we know nothing about, who even the doctor who first told these stories knows nothing about, who were never asked about their experience, who never even told their own stories?
How can some stranger, a random male doctor assigned to oversee their deliveries, tell how these "simple" women experienced childbirth? I was mostly quiet while giving birth, but I was quiet because it was hurting so much, and I felt like I was going to lose it if I let myself talk or scream or interact, in any way, with the outside world.
Only because someone looks calm, doesn't mean they are calm. So, all these little anecdotes are really all beyond bogus and completely unconvincing to me. Also, err, if childbirth doesn't hurt in and of itself, why the need for deeper and deeper relaxation as labor progresses? Why the need for an imaginary "endorphine glove" with the power to numb your abdomen? I'm not saying that pain-free labor doesn't exist, it probably does, sometimes, for some women.
But nothing the author writes in the book proves to me that it is self-hypnosis that makes it so no-one asked those "poor" women, or those "African" women or all the mammals in the world how, or whether, they did it pain-free, after all. And nothing she writes proves that it is fear that causes pain. I kept waiting for her explanation of why women experience after-pains, something that certainly isn't related to fear given that the birth is already over at that point and you have your lovely little baby in your arms Now, I have done years of yoga, and I know that you can stay in control and breathe through pain, to a certain degree.
And as a former dancer I also know that relaxing tired, aching, tight muscles while you are using them can go a looong way in pushing your body beyond its own capacity. And I do believe that there is a body-mind connection that is lost on a lot of non-athletes.
So, in a way, I agree with some of what she is saying. I believe in relaxation. I believe in relaxation. But to claim that pain during labor is a social construct that you can just visualize away It's irresponsible and counter-productive because it causes what it seeks to prevent, namely fear of the system. And it also adds a whole ton of guilt, guilt about feeling pain, guilt about having chosen the wrong practitioner, guilt about not doing things right, guilt about drugging up your baby with an epidural which, she says, is a terrible, terrible thing to do, making you an "unloving" mom before your baby is even born And I feel like we modern moms have quite enough of guilt to deal with already.
We need to do and be so many tings before the baby is even born to qualify us as good mothers, from the choice of diet she, of course, has a whole chapter to say about that, too , to the choice of diaper, to the choice of hospital, to the choice of underwear, that I sometimes wonder if the reason not more women have more babies is simply that they are tired of feeling guilty and useless.
The author talks of giving birth in a nice, trusting, positive environment, where you feel calm and loved and accepted. But she does very little to help you feel that way, making you think hospitals where most of us do give birth are evil, untrustworthy institutions and doctors unknowledgeable fools a problem with most natural-birth advocacy books.
I wish her book was more like that trusting place she describes, a place where women can go to feel hope and good about themselves, no matter how their deliveries go, where they can tap into their own maternal power.
I do believe we need to be knowledgeable about our own bodies, I do believe we need to try to relax and trust our own strength, to have a say in our birth experience, and I can imagine that self-hypnosis might help some women go to that place of calm and peace, but this book, unfortunately, does nothing to create that trusting atmosphere or feeling of self-empowerment.
Instead of reading this book, I recommend listening to some relaxation or hypnosis videos on youtube. And do search for some that work for you, not everyone responds to images of lying in a rainbow field and turning the color of red or green or purple with feelings of calm. I for one, must giggle. Anyway, I think, listening to a good relaxation video and doing a yoga class will get you in a much more at-ease, confident state than reading this book.
Sorry about this blob of a text, I'm too tired to clean it up. View all 12 comments. Sep 15, Alexandra rated it it was amazing. I combined this with classes from a HypnoBirthing practitioner.
I am not anti-medicine or a hippy I eat cows, wear leather, I rarely exercise let alone think of going near a yoga mat. It worked, because it does. There's nothing weird, anti-science or particularly flaky about mind over matter. Sports scientists, CBT therapists, people on diets all know this.
Hypnosis is something we do all the time - the Mongan Method simply organises it into a programme for birth and adds that there's simply n I combined this with classes from a HypnoBirthing practitioner. Hypnosis is something we do all the time - the Mongan Method simply organises it into a programme for birth and adds that there's simply no point in being scared of birth. Your body knows what it's doing - let it do it, and let someone else worry about the what ifs.
Only it's not as simple as that, because we've been told over and over - by the media, by 'helpful' other mothers, by people who heard this awful story once - that everything about birth is bad, bad, bad. So the Mongan Method adds in simple exercises to help remove that narrative and replace it with a positive one. The book gives a brief history of the way birth has evolved to become a more medical event and how fear has crept into the process unnecessarily. And it's not necessary to subscribe to every last detail to find it useful; while I'm totally on board with the hypnotherapy element, I'm not sold on the science of perineal massage.
There are two misconceptions I notice in a lot of the reviews of this book. The first is the dismissing of the theory about fear, and the second is the relentless focus on pain.
The fact is, we know perfectly well that fear increases pain. The second is that women love to dwell endlessly on the 'reality' of birth, by which they mean all the things that can go wrong, even though that's actually not the reality for thousands of women. And the funny thing is, that you can do sod all about things that go wrong - there is no point in preparing for the worst.
Your doctor and midwife are there to do that. So why not prepare for the best? That's what this book is about. A good outcome does not mean natural birth only. I don't even like the term 'natural'. Let's be grown ups: Admittedly this book stresses it because it's the physiological norm, but there are plenty of stories of C-section mums who appreciate this book. As a result of the amazing impact this book and programme had on my daughter's birth gas and air, not particularly painful , in fact, just today I started a course to teach HB.
And guess what? Right next to me was another mum. She had been induced and had a C-section, but was totally convinced of HB's worth. Also around me were many midwives who'd seen it in action and know it can work extremely well. The worst that can happen if you read this book is that you decide it's not for you. The best that can happen is that you have a better birth because of it. Jul 25, Rebecca rated it did not like it. Are you kidding me??? I feel like I am being insulted at every turn in this book.
Here's the problem, Mongan makes some generalized statements about "simple" women and "African" women that really put me off. She uses these examples as a means of developing her argument about the effectiveness of relaxation as a means of supporting women during delivery. What bothers me most, is that there is PLENTY of evidence that suggests that when a person's cortisol, GH and norepinephrine hormone loads are low, individuals experience less pain.
Africa is an entire continent. Her reference to women leaving a hut, squatting against a tree without pain is overly simplistic, uninformed and reinforces racist images that exist about women from the over 54 countries in Africa.
It didn't help that she used "simple women" as the origins of the idea that birthing doesn't have to be painful. I wanted her to get to the business of explaining the hypnobirthing process without all the bullshit. I felt like her own story of being tied to a bed during delivery was strong and more personal stories like that would have better served her purpose.
Additionally, I appreciate that her goal is to help support pain free delivery. But her emphasis on the total absence of pain left me feeling pressured. I felt like if I experience pain then I must be doing something wrong. Also, where is her evidence that animals don't suffer from pain during delivery. I have watched a few of my domesticated animals give birth and they looked highly stressed and uncomfortable.
I would love to see the science behind her claims. In the end, her message and techniques about relaxation are not bad. I actually like many of them. The way she delivers her message is lacking and detracts from some of her methods and ideas that might support women going into ANY type of delivery.
She should simply deliver her methods without attempting to build an argument for them. She lost me in her overly simplistic, ill informed anecdotes. There exits a preponderance of strong, well informed research to support the effectiveness of relaxation and diminished stress hormones during life altering events.
View all 5 comments. Jan 05, Annette rated it did not like it Recommends it for: People who like to pretend that childbirth is a piece of cake. According to the World Health Organization, childbirth is the leading cause of death of women in developing nations. Is this just a "social construction"? Can we visualize this fact away? I burned this book after giving birth. I didn't want anyone picking it out of the garbage and accidentally reading this. This book is simply very unrealistic for what I'm betting is the majority of women who have waited til their 30s to get preggo.
I would much more recommend a breathing course, and a course in According to the World Health Organization, childbirth is the leading cause of death of women in developing nations. I would much more recommend a breathing course, and a course in ALL birthing techniques.
That way you can be educated in the possibilities of what could and often does happen. This book only deals with the fantastical and rare time where women pop out a baby under an hour all while singing Kum-bay-ya and having multiple orgasms in a kiddie pool. My husband grew up on a farm. On several occasions to save a cow's life, he had to put a chain up a cow's vagina and wrap it around a calf, then put the other side of the chain on a pick-up truck and drive away at about 1 MPH.
So don't give me this BS no pun intended about animals doin' it "naturally. On the flip side, I understand the theory behind this book, that women should not be scared of giving birth. It is one of the most exciting and powerful experiences in the world. My baby was not brought into the world through hypno-birthing, but she is perfect all the same. The authors would like for you to believe otherwise. That my baby would be better off if she came out "naturally.
If you can do natural, more power to you. But if you have to have a C-section or epidural, I really don't think that makes you less of a person, and shouldn't make you feel guilty like the authors imply it should. View all 20 comments. Nov 04, Lindley Walter-smith rated it did not like it. This is a misogynist, woman-blaming text, with bonus racism, classism and heterocentrism. If I could give it zero stars, I would. Its philosophy is simple and based on that other horrendous book, "the Secret": There is very little actual practical help on self-hypnosis as a method of relaxation and pain control in this book.
Instead, we get a lot of birth politics, This is a misogynist, woman-blaming text, with bonus racism, classism and heterocentrism. Instead, we get a lot of birth politics, plus an attitude based right on "the Secret" - remember that one? The one that posits that if you have cancer or were born in a war-torn fourth world country, it's because your thoughts attracted it, while conversely the rich and healthy deserve it because they thought positive?
Three examples of why I only gave this one star: Remember, ladies, any complications are your own fault. If your baby dies, you killed her, always remember that! If a pregnant woman wants and needs to be pampered, "waited upon" and coddled, and downloads into the concept that pregnancy is an abnormal conditional and she is "ill", the attention that she gains during a troublesome pregnancy and a difficult birthing can definitely make it all worthwhile in her mind.
She barely tolerates her pregnancy and constantly proclaims her annoyance at all the aches, pains and other "pregnancy disorders", while she uses body language that demonstrates her plight. Family members often contribute to this scenario by cautioning the woman that she must "give in" to her frailty during this precarious time of her life. As a result, the amount of woman-blaming and hostility towards women inherent in this book is quite incredible.
I also didn't appreciate the relentless heterocentrism, which went beyond using "he" for your partner into constantly telling you that your baby was conceived through perfect lovemaking - no, he wasn't. That doesn't even hold true for all straight women, but she obviously finds the idea of lesbian and otherwise non-heterosexually partnered mothers completely inconceivable.
It's also cringeingly racist. The "happy simple primitives speaking in broken English" she presents as totally real people she's worked with made me die a little inside. It Finally, it speaks only to wealthy women who have completely unrestricted financial choices about birth - she actually says that if you say you can't afford something, then it's your own fault that you're poor, because, you know, the Secret. The actual practical content of this book consists of one short chapter on relaxation methods and one short chapter of visualisations.
But it seems to be about selling her patented courses and CDs more than actually being of any help. View all 4 comments. Jul 08, Laura rated it it was ok Shelves: First of all, there are good things in this book.
The author puts forth an interesting philosophy, which is based on her own considerable experience - both personal and as a birthing 'coach', 'instructor', or whatever terminology you want to use - and the experience and observations of others. Her main point is that most of the natural world gives birth without medical intervention, and that we, as natural beings, should also be able to do this. Theoretically, I agree with this. I also agree tha First of all, there are good things in this book.
I also agree that it makes no sense for childbirth to work as 'badly' as it does in our society today - there is no excuse for the high number of cesarean births, epidurals, epesiotomies, and other standard interventions.
There are also things in this book that make me cringe. It's a good thing that this is based on her own experience and not on any research, because real research is clearly not a priority here. Her chapter on the 'history' of childbirth pain was more painful, I think, than giving birth could ever be. I was literally yelling at the book and went off on a first class rant to my husband about why I would fail this if I got it as an essay. I might actually assign that chapter to my students as an exercise of finding everything wrong with it that they can.
That in itself makes me doubt the validity of any of the science, as Mongan clearly is not interested in researching her topic before committing it to press. But putting that aside aside - does the technique work? For me, no. Further, I find it a bit offensive that the premise of this book is that if you feel pain in childbirth, it is either because you fear the pain I didn't, honestly or because somehow you secretly WANTED the pain so that everyone would give you attention.
I can only speak for my own experience, but I didn't fear the pain, I didn't want the pain, I really thought that the whole thing would hurt a lot less than it did, and yet, giving birth was the most painful experience I've ever had.
And I almost lost a foot in a car wreck, and have broken more bones than is really normal, so I'm pretty familiar with pain. Visualization helped get me through labor a little, but not a whole lot - the breathing exercises I learned elsewhere were MUCH more helpful. Perhaps if I had paid for a special hypno-birthing class, I would have been proficient enough at the technique to avoid my epidural - but if a class is required to learn the technique, then the book shouldn't really be sold on its own.
May 02, Heather rated it it was amazing Shelves: This another book that I feel every pregnant woman should read, even if she isn't planning on using hypnosis or even having a natural birth. The author talks a lot about overcoming fears, especially the fear of birth. There is way too much fear surrounding birth, especially for new moms, and she gives strategies for being prepared physically, emotionally and spiritually for birth.
Why is it that no one would ever run a marathon if they hadn't been training both mentally and physically but we t This another book that I feel every pregnant woman should read, even if she isn't planning on using hypnosis or even having a natural birth.
Why is it that no one would ever run a marathon if they hadn't been training both mentally and physically but we think it is okay to go into birth completely unprepared? Sep 24, Lauren rated it it was ok. There are some concepts in this book I wholeheartedly agree with, and others I that I think are misguided.
I haven't yet given birth myself still two months away but I have read at least 10 books on birthing by now and, based on that knowledge, can see that some of the information in this book can be helpful, and some misleading. I also think that her reforming of birth language is an idea that may help women to visualize a more positive birth experience such as using "baby" instead of "fetus," and "surge" instead of "contraction".
I also agree that staying as calm and relaxed as possible is the key to having a less painful birth. Tense muscles, stress, and fear can work against the body's natural processes; we must strive to trust our body and the birth process, and learn to let our body "do its thing" while in labor.
Some techniques in this book, such as soft music, massage, yogic breathing, and warm baths have been mentioned in several books I've read and I believe that they can be effective if reducing tension in many women and therefore creating an easier birth.
Some of the visualization techniques suggested seem kind of hokie to me like imagining yourself floating on a "strawberry cloud," or that your uterine muscles are flowing "blue satin ribbons" , but I'm sure that kind of visualizations work for some people. The fact that no other book I have read supports such an outlandish claim makes me skeptical of the idea.
I do think that pain can be greatly reduced by using some of Mongan's methods, but whether or not they will completely eliminate pain depends on the woman and her body. She claims in her book that the "urge to push" is a completely conditioned response and does not actually exist. That seems like complete crap to me since the urge to push during the pushing stage is discussed at length in every other book I've read without doubt or discredit save a mention that some women feel more of an urge than others.
The rest of Mongan's book encourages you to listen to your body's signals telling you what to do; why should your urge to push be any different?
If you feel like pushing, then for goodness sakes push! So, while I'm definitely glad I read this book, I would be concerned for those who do not read any other books, since in my mind they are getting a skewed and somewhat incorrect version of the birthing process. Jul 06, Annalisa rated it liked it Shelves: I feel like this book sets women up to fail. It claims childbirth doesn't hurt, at all, and if it hurts you, well that's just because you've been conditioned for birth to hurt.
So you go into childbirth expecting all this new wave awesomeness and your body tenses up, a lot, and you start to stress because it kind of hurts and that's your fault and you must be doing something wrong. If you hurt, that's not natural but Western indoctrination. If you have the urge to push, that's not natural but We I feel like this book sets women up to fail.
If you have the urge to push, that's not natural but Western indoctrination.
But you have to read Mongan's book and a take Hypno Birthing class to learn the relaxation techniques for that easy, no-pain delivery that's supposed to come naturally. The theory in there that if you relax and let your body work for you the experience will be much smoother is solid, but Mongan doesn't use a lot of technical information. She doesn't want to bog mothers down with terminology that will freak them out. So instead of prepping mothers with a lot of the science of childbirth, she glosses over a lot of the facts in favor of reminding you, often, that it isn't supposed to hurt.
That may work for some women, to go into the experience with an ultra optimistic, happy thoughts mindset, but personally I'd rather know what I'm getting into. A bit or a lot outdated, but it'll give you the nitty gritty facts about childbirth that Mongan glosses. I feel much better prepared about what to expect having read both.
Despite my turn offs with the tone, the relaxation techniques are helpful, although I can't stand the counting aspect to the breathing. I have major breathing anxiety stemming from lung complications from needing to be induced with my first child so the counting could just be me. I find it a lot more helpful to focus on deep long breaths than the actual length of those breaths. I found the CD with relaxation techniques particularly helpful in relieving any anxiety I feel about the whole experience.
A good resource for natural childbirth, but go into the thing with open eyes, not rose-colored glasses.
View 2 comments. Jun 12, Kimberly rated it liked it Shelves: I must confess, I didn't read this book in its entirety. I don't subscribe to "hypnobirthing" completely; there are certain aspects of it that I really liked, but I wouldn't and didn't go as far as to attempt to hypnotize myself out of feeling pain.
I skipped all those parts. I do believe that this book helped me prepare for childbirth though. It helped me learn how to relax thro I must confess, I didn't read this book in its entirety. It helped me learn how to relax through the pain and work with the contractions, rather than tensing up with the pain and fighting them. It also gave me confidence in a woman's body to birth naturally. I gave this book 3 stars because it truly helped me cope with and actually enjoy my childbirth, but I don't agree with many aspects of the book.
I think hypnotizing yourself during labor is just silly, and I DON'T believe that most women can erase the pain of labor completely. There are some really good things in the book that helped me though. So there ya go. Jan 29, Julie rated it really liked it. A little weird at the beginning but you gotta just let that go I was able to completely relax my body so that I wouldn't fight against labor pains making it almost painless to go through labor and delivery.
I lost sight of my goal dur Awesome!! I lost sight of my goal during transition phase of labor when I was dialating from a in about 15 minutes I was able to deliver a 7 lb 14 oz baby in a foreign country without any meds. I thought it was pretty cool I've just finished reading this booking in preparation to support my friend who is using hypno-birthing for the birth of her baby in the Summer; we are also attending hypnobirth clases. To reflect on what others have said, while the book is a great aid in itself, it really comes into it own alongside the classes.
It has also been helpful to mine information out of the internet too. There are very many videos of Mum's have wonderfully peaceful, pain-free labours and deliveries using the method. Se I've just finished reading this booking in preparation to support my friend who is using hypno-birthing for the birth of her baby in the Summer; we are also attending hypnobirth clases. Seeing is very much believing and I can honestly say I'm blown away everything I've read and seen so far surrounding this approach to positive childbirth.
I've had three children myself, two of those VBAC's, back when one had to fight to get them. In spite of a very traumatic first pregnancy, and two subsequent labours that were far from ideal, but relatively complication free, I've always had a very positive attitude to labour and birth which included a strong belief that the pain of labour was a necessary part of a life process to deliver a miracle; naturally I felt infinitely empowered when I had two VBAC's against medical advice that for women like me it was always a case of 'once a caesarean, always a caesarean'.
Yet to an extent I came away from both births somewhat dissatisfied. Almost like I knew there was another way, but didn't know what it was. I wish I'd had access to this information years ago and I feel elated that women do have access to it now; that they can take and use this information to transform beyond all recognition the birth experience they share with their babies as they arrive 'earth' side: As I touched on earlier, I really believed very positively in fact that pain was a normal natural part of labour, a good and fair price to pay.
I no longer believe that to be true. There is another way - I believe that way is hypno-birthing and I feel quite sad that I won't ever get the chance to put it to the personal test myself, though I wait with excitement to see how it works for my friend in a few weeks time.
No doubt I shall edit this review in good time after the big event! View all 7 comments. Jun 30, Jill Miskin rated it liked it Shelves: I waited to review this until after I had given birth-I figure beforehand would have just been speculation.
Anyway, when I read this I thought some of the ideas were quite unrealistic. I was then surprised when some of the techniques worked really well. My delivery nurse is a hypnobirthing instructor and I was pleasantly surprised how well I could keep under control with the breathing techniques and how relaxed and calm she kept me.
So even though I read the book and knew the techniques, having I waited to review this until after I had given birth-I figure beforehand would have just been speculation.
So even though I read the book and knew the techniques, having a well versed nurse who reminded me of what I needed to do was really essential. I listened to the cd that came along with the book and really had a hard time relaxing to it while practicing, but during labor it worked surprisingly well. The part I was most skeptical about was during the pushing stage of labor, the book says you can breath your baby down rather than spending a lot of time and effort pushing.
My doc was at another delivery and I spent about twenty minutes with controlled breathing the baby down. Then only pushed a little at the last minute. It was a very strange feeling, but it worked a lot better than I thought it would.
So three stars because the techniques work but for me only with a qualified nurse that knew what to do and what to remind me of, I don't think I would have remained as relaxed as I did without the human element. Jan 27, Headle10 rated it it was amazing.
One of the greatest lessons I took away from this book is the concept of breathing through difficult moments, in parenting and in life. This definitely applies to childbirth which was the primary focus but I have found it very helpful in my day to day parenting. The idea that we can manage stress, anxiety and fear through educating ourselves, relaxation and conscious living seems intuitive enough, but putting it into practice really changes the way I SEE challenges.
These relaxation techniques One of the greatest lessons I took away from this book is the concept of breathing through difficult moments, in parenting and in life. These relaxation techniques have helped me approach moments where I would of otherwise lost patience or felt discouraged, instead feel calm, creative and even find humor. After practicing the breathing techniques very diligently during my pregnancy, I had a harder time implementing them during labor than I thought I would.
I think having a doula or midwife who is well trained in this method along side of me would of helped tremendously, or having prepared with my husband by taking a class together also could of helped. I made it a lot further along naturally because of my hypnobirthing preparation though than I ever would have otherwise.
I read and re-read this book several times! Great book! Jan 07, Lara Lee rated it liked it. I'm a little disappointed in this book even though it was recommended all over the internet for those who want to have a natural birth. I do congratulate the author on giving woman other options than medication to deal while the pain of labor.
The problem is her biased narrative. Specifically, the chapter on the history of childbearing is bogus. There is no time is recorded human history that people did not know intercourse led to pregnancy. Women were not in general worshipped as goddesses who s I'm a little disappointed in this book even though it was recommended all over the internet for those who want to have a natural birth. Women were not in general worshipped as goddesses who spontaneously gave birth to children.
Some of the cultures who had fertility goddesses were the cultures most cruel to women. Also, throughout European history, there was not a conspiracy from the medical world to keep women in pain. Many men then and today get into medicine because of deep compassion.
The reason why women dominated the field of childbearing as midwives is because then as today, women are more comfortable with women looking at them bare during childbirth. It is well-known that many women prefer female obgyns to male ones even today. Then there is the logic problems throughout the book. If women should instinctively know how to bear children without pain, then why criticize the men in history for NOT giving them painkillers.
Then when they did give them painkillers, don't criticize them for hospitalizing when those painkillers had risks. Also, death in childbirth did not go up because of hospitals, they went down. Just look at the statistics of both child and maternal mortality in developing nations. It's huge!
Then the hyperbolic language drove me nuts! Even animals have discomfort when bearing their young. To say that it should be naturally painless is dishonest. If hypnobirthing is painless, hypnotism is not an instinctually learned skill. It may be natural in the fact that we do self-hypnotized when we zone out while doing a routine, but instinctually moving that to childbearing in not the same thing as natural.
We have many ancient stories of female character giving birth with pain. It is also dishonest to try to redefine pain to not include discomfort.
Everyone has different levels of pain tolerance, but you can't generalize the experience of those who have a high pain tolerance and avoided back labor.
The statement that natural human functions are all painless is also a lie. The menstrual cycle is not painless though many women tolerate it well.
Various ways the body deals with stomach problems, bacteria, and growth spirts cause pain. Pain is a normal function of the human body. I am reviewing this book very harshly, but I just can't believe that so many people accept these ideas. The chapters on self-hypnosis worth good and worth reading. She does continually say that one needs to practice this to use it well. This does contradict her assertion that it is instinctual.
The stages of labor and the ideal way it should proceed was interesting as well. It does give a pretty and relaxing image of birth to contradict the terror-ridden blogs covering the internet. I think this book would have been much better if it had been half its size.