Active Birth: The History and Philosophy of a Revolution (Paperback)

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Pioneering birth educator and author Janet Balaskas founded the Active Birth Movement in the 1980s.

Her ideas - based on the core principle that women should take ownership of their bodies during birth and be free to assume upright positions in labour - have transformed birth for women and their birth companions across the world.
In this inspiring memoir, illustrated with beautiful birth images taken by photographer Anthea Sieveking over two decades, Janet explains the essential philosophy of her approach and how the Active Birth Movement has grown and helped generations of mothers to prepare for birth, by honouring the importance of the beginning of life and empowering them to confidently trust and follow their instincts.

About the Author

Janet Balaskas is the founder of Active Birth. Her innovative ideas have inspired parents and birth professionals worldwide. Obstetricians and midwives have a high regard for her work, and many have adopted her methods. She began her work as a pioneering birth educator and author in the late 1970s and founded the Active Birth Movement in the 1980s. To this day Janet is a leading voice in the global campaign to transform birthing practices. The core work she does with parents and professionals, is now available online through live streaming. Janet's has written many ground-breaking books and has recently published a new film - ACTIVE BIRTH: YOUR GUIDE TO NATURE'S PLAN. She is the mother of four grown up children and one stepdaughter and has six grandchildren. You can read more about Janet's personal journey, her published books and films, her campaign for women to become active birth givers and her professional trainings on
Product Details
ISBN: 9781780667904
ISBN-10: 1780667906
Publisher: Pinter & Martin Ltd
Publication Date: May 14th, 2024
Pages: 90
Language: English