Fear Free Childbirth

Fear Free Childbirth

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This 146-page e-book will help you to take the fear out of birth and includes contributions from best-selling birth and pregnancy authors as well as world-class birthing and wellbeing experts. It is the ideal accompaniment to the Fear Free Childbirth podcast and includes access to the extensive free resources that are provided to the regular podcast listeners.

Alexia launched the Fear Free Childbirth Podcast because she wanted to create a source of information about pregnancy and birth that she wished she'd had when she was pregnant. She had no idea that it would grow to become as popular as it is today. Since its launch the podcast has been nominated in the UK Podcasting Awards and it has been downloaded over 110,000 times and is listened to in over 120 countries.

When Alexia was pregnant she was terrified of giving birth, so much so that she was sure she'd opt for a c-section; just to avoid the pain of giving birth. Fortunately her pregnancy coincided with her training in a new therapeutic technique that could clear fears quickly and effectively. It was also where someone told her about hypnobirthing and the possibility of a pain-free birth. Once she learned that fears are directly responsible for the pain we experience in childbirth she knew what she had to do; clear her fears! Alexia spent her second trimester clearing her fears and had experienced such a transformation that by her third trimester she opted for a natural birth at home. When she was pregnant for the second time, she had lots of new fears and she dealt with those in the same way and went on to have her second beautiful home birth.

But one thing stood out for her; the lack of readily available information for pregnant women to help them navigate their pregnancy journey so that they can approach birth without fear. For women to feel confident and calm about their births, two things are required. Firstly, they need to feel empowered and this means being well-informed about childbirth. The second aspect is that they need to be able to move past their fears, and this isn't always easy, especially if you don't know how.

Through her podcast, Alexia helps her listeners with both of these. She is regularly joined by world-class birthing professionals and experts who share their wisdom about birth and the choices women face. Alexia also talks to mothers who share their positive birth stories to inspire women that birth really can be a beautiful and positive experience. And finally, she shares the method that she used for clearing her fears and that she credits with helping her to ditch her plan for a c-section and choose a natural home birth.

A whole range of topics are covered including hypnobirthing, coping with a miscarriage, conscious birthing, tokophobia (fear of pregnancy and birth), micro biome, overcoming fear, particularly the fear of pain and the fear of losing control, how dads can prepare for birth, how to avoid inductions and much more.

The ebook includes contributions from Jacqui Blue (director of the Beautiful Films documentary), Sophie Fletcher (best-selling author of "Mindful Hypnobirthing", doula and founder of Mindful Mamma), Mark Harris (best-selling author of "Men, Love and Birth", midwife, founder of Birthing4Blokes), Lisa-Jane Merridue (conscious birthing doula), Susie Gower (holistic fertility, pregnancy and birth support expert), Catherine Holland (Rebirthing breath worker, author, breastfeeding counsellor) and Charan Surdhar (author, epigeneticist), as well as many more through interviews.

To easily access the podcast episodes that are featured in this book, you can use the Podcasts app (Apple) or Stitcher app (Android). Just search for Fear Free Childbirth.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940156753369
Publisher: Alexia Leachman
Publication date: 09/19/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 150,159
File size: 426 KB

About the Author

Alexia Leachman is a therapeutic coach, speaker, podcaster and author who lives in Nottingham with her partner and her two daughters.
Alexia is the host of two award-nominated podcasts that are listened to in over 120 countries and that have achieved in excess of 200,000 downloads. The Fear Free Childbirth Podcast helps parents-to-be prepare for a positive fear-free birth experience, and The Head Trash Show is for anyone who would like a calmer mind and have less stress in their life.
Alexia’s Head Trash business helps people to clear their minds of negative thoughts, feelings and emotions through its events, products, online courses and one-to-one sessions. At the heart of the business is a powerful new therapeutic technique that Alexia has simplified so that busy people from all walks of life can manage their mindset and clear their head trash.
Alexia experienced an unusually high level of fear during her first pregnancy and decided to apply this technique to help her prepare for her birth. She was thrilled when in her last trimester she felt able to change her birth plan from c-section to home birth as a result of being able to clear her fears and was rewarded with beautiful home birth. By the time her second pregnancy came around, she had a whole new load of fears that were similarly dealt with resulting in a second magical home birth. It was when she started getting bombarded with emails asking how she did it that she realised that this was a big deal. Eventually she felt that it would be quicker to write a book that answer all the emails. The Fearless Birthing book is due for release in the autumn of 2016.
Impatient to share information that she felt parents need to know in preparing for birth, she launched the Fear Free Childbirth Podcast, which is a collection of positive, inspiring episodes for parents to immerse themselves in during pregnancy. It includes interviews with birthing experts sharing their wisdom, real-life positive birth stories and some practical tools and techniques for clearing pregnancy stresses and childbirth fears. Many of the key principles of Fearless Birthing are discussed on the podcast.
Alexia was surprised by the overwhelming response to her Fear Free Childbirth Podcast, and what started as simply a vehicle to share what she felt was important information for parents, has become a business in its own right and now offers products and programmes to help parents claim their positive birth experiences

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