Birth With Confidence
Birth With Confidence
Birth With Confidence

Birth With Confidence

If you're interested in normal physiological birth, this book is for you.

Birth with confidence: savvy choices for normal birth gives a clear account of the challenges faced by contemporary birthing women, whilst also mapping out a path to powerful birthing experiences.

In this accessible, straightforward book, Rhea Dempsey draws on nearly four decades experience to show how a woman’s choice of caregivers, support team and birthplace, as well as her life experience and personal attitudes to pain, will affect her birthing experience.

Featuring birth stories, current birth statistics and opportunities for guided personal reflection, Birth with Confidence provides the knowledge and practical advice that women need for the best chance of normal birth in today’s birth culture.

Important topics covered in Birth With Confidence

  • benefits of normal physiological birth for mother and baby
  • navigating the birth culture
  • savvy choices for normal birth
  • ‘circles of influence’ – support or sabotage?
  • identify your ‘pain type’
  • raising pain tolerance
  • predictable ‘crises of confidence’ in labour
  • designing a ‘facilitating environment’ for achievement

This book is for birthing women, their partners, midwives, doulas, birth workers—anybody interested in normal birth.

Written by Rhea Dempsey, a birth educator and experienced birth attendant, recognized as an insightful commentator on birth issues, particularly pain in childbirth, Birth with Confidence explains why normal birth is almost impossible in our current birth culture—and what women can do to beat the odds.

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Rhea Dempsey is a childbirth educator, speaker, counsellor and birth attendant (doula) with experience at over one thousand births. With adult daughters and grandchildren of her own, Rhea’s understanding of birth has been gained over almost four decades of working with pregnant women, their partners, support people, midwives and medical practitioners, in home and hospital settings.

Rhea is a highly sought after speaker and presenter at conferences, seminars and workshops on birth and counselling issues. She regularly addresses pregnant women, their partners and support people; complementary health practitioners; midwives and medical practitioners. She is recognized as an insightful commentator on the difficulties faced by women who have a yearning for normal physiological birth in navigating the present birth culture. She is also respected as one of Australia’s foremost thinkers on the topic of working with pain in childbirth and its connection to normal physiological birth.

Independent Childbirth Educator, Trainer, Birth Attendant and Counsellor.
T.P.T.C. (Trained Primary Teacher’s Certificate)
Dip. C.B.E. (Child Birth Education)
N.A.C.E. Trainer (National Association of Childbirth Educators)
Grad. Dip. Counselling & Human Services (La Trobe University)
Certificate of Gestalt Therapy

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