Preparing for Childbirth: Guided Imagery Exercises to Ease Labor & Delivery

Version: Unabridged
Author: Martin L. Rossman
Narrator: Martin L. Rossman
Genres: Women's Health
Publisher: Sounds True
Published In: February 2004
Length: 1 hour, 15 minutes
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Research studies show that women who prepare themselves mentally for childbirth experience shorter labors, less discomfort, and fewer complications. On Preparing for Childbirth, Dr. Martin Rossman – a practitioner of holistic medicine for over 30 years – teaches three guided imagery exercises: learning deep relaxation, rehearsing the process of childbirth, and guided imagery for the week before delivery. A woman's body is perfectly designed to bring a baby into this world, teaches Rossman, and with Preparing for Childbirth, expectant mothers will discover a means for allowing the natural process of labor and delivery to take place while feeling focused, confident, and well-prepared.

Reviews (1)

A Great Way to Take a Nap

Written by Anonymous on March 15th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I think I was expecting something different from this book. The little information about childbirth and delivery that Dr. Rossman shares I had already read about or learned in my childbirth class. But really there's not much information here. The "guided imagery" exercises are really him talking you through relaxing your body piece by piece. For example, "relax your toes and the arches of your feet, feel them release and relax..." His voice sounds to me like Ben Stein on Valium, if you can imagine that. So if you need a hypnosis CD to guide you through becoming totally relaxed - this is it. But if you're looking for breathing techniques, getting a focal point, information on the stages of childbirth or birthing position ideas, etc. keep looking.

Author Details

Author Details

Rossman, Martin L.

"Martin L. Rossman, MD, Dipl. Ac. (NCCA) is a physician and acupuncturist widely known for his pioneering work with guided imagery in the healing arts. He is a Clinical Associate in the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco; Adjunct Faculty at the California School for Professional Psychology, Alameda/Berkeley; and the author of Healing Yourself: A Step-by-Step Program for Better Health Through Imagery. Dr. Rossman is co-founder and former Director of the Collaborative Medicine Center in Mill Valley, California and Co-Director of the Academy for Guided Imagery. "