Stop listening to the horror stories. Be reassured, excited and inspired. Find out how beautiful and powerful birth can be. Discover the keys to planning your own positive birth - the best beginning to motherhood.
Birth Journeys is a diverse collection of 29 encouraging and inspiring birth stories by real women (and men). It includes a wide range of birth experiences and choices: hospital, birth centre, homebirth, unassisted birth, water birth, IVF, caesarean, VBAC and twins. Some stories are warm and lighthearted, some are serene and peaceful, while others are a wild whirlwind experience. Each story is positive, uplifting and empowering.
Birth Journeys also contains contributions from health care professionals, academics, birth educators and authors including Dr Sarah J Buckley, GP and author of Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering; Hannah Dahlen, Associate Professor of Midwifery at the University of Western Sydney; Renee Adair, founder and principal educator of the Australian Doula College; Jane Hardwicke Collings, founder of the School of Shamanic Midwifery; and David Vernon, editor of Men at Birth.
"It is in our own minds that adjustments need to be made. It is our thoughts that influence our state of mind. If we reason correctly and have a good outlook, a good philosophy of life, we can take charge of our own happiness. In circumstances in which others become irritated, tormenting themselves and poisoning the life of those around them, you can do the exact opposite. You can strengthen and enrich yourself. Gradually, thanks to your experiences, you will be in a position to advise or help others simply by your attitude and your radiant presence, by the power, light, and peace which emanate from you.
Be very clear about this: you must not wait passively for happiness to come to you from without. On the contrary; it is up to you to be active and to apply the methods that will enable you to change your sorrows into joy and your failures into success."