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    During pregnancy, mothers are breaktakingly close to the veil, and childbirth is a sacred moment in every mother's life. This tender book celebrates the divine calling of motherhood and prepares mothers for the moment when their child enters the world. Backed by scriptures, quotes from General Authorities, and reputable medical sources, mothers can feel confident in their own personal choices for childbirth and prepared to welcome their baby into this life.

    Author: Marie Bigelow
    Specifications: 176 pages - 6 x 9
    Expected Release: Early May 2016

    Overall Customer Rating of 3 Reviews:
    Idaho

    Education & Facts

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    This book is lovingly written for parents-to-be who desire to know and understand how to have their best birth experience. Read this book well before the end of your pregnancy so you have ample time to decide what you'd like to have happen and so you can include your tribe (spouse, midwife, doctor, etc).



    The book focuses primarily on giving woman the education and facts- and therefore power- to have the best birthing experience possible. It is filled with current evidence based research as well as practical experiences.



    Marie includes worksheets to give you an opportunity to realize and write your thoughts and feelings. It also includes charts to simplify the information, a birth preference quiz and information on postpartum.



    It is obvious Marie has dedicated her time, training, and heart to her clients and her profession. In her book it feels as though you get a glimpse of her passion and love for women, childbirth and the gospel.

    Mebane, NC

    Great book for expecting moms!

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    Back in February, Marie-Ange Bigelow, author of “The Sacred Gift of Childbirth: Making Empowered Choices for You and Your Baby,” contacted me and asked me to review her book.



    I was honored she sought me out and asked me, and readily agreed to do so. I must shamefully admit, though, that when she sent me the description of her book, I wasn’t that excited to read it. It sounded kind of boring, and I was worried about it being pushy in its messages.



    Well, I couldn’t have been more wrong. I could not put the book down! And my first question is, “Where was this book 11 years ago when I was pregnant with my first child?” My second question is, “Why was I never notified of risks verses benefits of medical interventions when pregnant with my first two children?” (I never got a chance to get given that information or choices with my third because I delivered him unexpectedly and very quickly at home).



    I am so grateful that I was able to read this beautiful book. I found out I was pregnant with my fourth child about a month after Marie contacted me, so reading it felt so personal and so relevant.



    There are so many things I loved about this book, let me list them:



    The chapters were organized superbly by subject matter, with footnote references at the end of each chapter, as well as worksheets with reflective questions. Each chapter referenced a corresponding appendix, if applicable. The editing of this book was impeccable, with virtually no spelling or grammar mistakes. Though all this seems small, to me it was a breath of fresh air.

    The author explained everything in a way that even someone with no medical experience (i.e. me), could understand it.

    The book included well-rounded material, including personal accounts, stories from others, medical evidence (all cited), analysis of that evidence, and spiritual insight from prophets and apostles, as well as the author’s own personal testimony. Because all of this was included, and in a loving, respectful, non-preachy manner, I was able to be engaged and work towards my own change of opinion regarding childbirth.

    After the author explained medical evidence, such as risks and benefits of certain medical procedures, she always made easy-to-reference tables, that bullet-pointed everything. So, whether you are a reader who prefers great detail, or someone who wants the simplified version, you would be satisfied.

    Throughout the book, she reminds us of relevant points she made in previous chapters to tie in with current discussion. I found that really helpful. A lot of books I read, I have to go back and frantically search for information, but I didn’t have to with this book at all.

    Even though the author has a clear and strong opinion about natural childbirth, she always made it clear that the decision is up to each mother and father individually. She stressed that doctors and others should not pressure you to do anything. You need to be in control of your own decisions. She also expressed that there is no shame if you must have medical intervention, and that it truly is necessary sometimes. She admitted the cases when natural childbirth didn’t necessarily solve issues, such as post-partum depression. The way she wrote and discussed different part of child birth, keeps the reader at ease in knowing that all points have been covered passionately, yet truthfully and objectively at the same time.

    Her book was written for an LDS audience, and thus discussed the divine, holy attributes of motherhood and childbirth. I felt the Spirit when reading this book, and her testimony shone pure and true. (I think even non-LDS mothers should read this book just for the information alone, though.)

    As I read Bigelow’s book, I found myself having ah-ha moments as I related her experiences and medical references with the births of my own children.



    Because I read this book, my birth stories (the highs and lows), make so much more sense.



    I truly do wish to have a natural childbirth with this child as long as I remain low-risk. I have been advised to be induced a week early to hopefully prevent another scary, unexpected home birth. But now knowing the fetal distress that can happen from having the baby before he is ready to be born, I am not sure I want to do that unless it is medically warranted. We always say to moms, “The baby will come when he is ready,” but how often do we contemplate the opposite – that we shouldn’t make him come if he isn’t?



    I implore any woman reading this who is pregnant, or planning to become pregnant, whether with baby number 1 or 5, to read this book. My eyes were opened, and I feel much more empowered and educated about this most sacred time. Thank you, Marie-Ange Bigelow, for this gift.



    Read my full review at ablisscomplete.com.

    Alberta

    -Given a copy to review this book-

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    Marie did not disappoint. I found myself drawn to the book, and excited to read on. Not only was the read educational and informative on the process of birth, but it caused me to feel uplifted and become a cheerleader for all women.

    As the title suggests, the content is drawn from her experience of being a doula, but also her faith in the LDS church. She outlines the process of labor, delivery, and postpartum recovery in a way that is easy to follow and highly educational. She also explains all types of birth interventions, with handy charts and questionnaires, including positives and negatives associated with each. Her opinion is given, but not in a pushy way; she creates room for acceptance of all birth experiences. Her top priority is the safety, health, and satisfaction of her clients. When it comes down to it, Marie states that her “goal is to educate couples so they can make well-informed evidence-based decisions and also have the calming reassurance of the Holy ghost.” (pg. 4, para 6). Her book is a great tool for learning, and also for determining personal plans and expectations.

    Out of all the books I have read on childbirth, I have to say this is my favourite. Perhaps it is most relatable to LDS women, but I think that anyone with spiritual beliefs, and a desire to make an educated birth decision would benefit from this read.

    ... Read more at bluebirdsnest.org