Prepare for the birth of your baby with world-renowned educator, author and natural birth pioneer Janet Balaskas.
Janet takes you on a journey through the essential content of her iconic Active Birth Workshop, in a feature length film that will inspire you to approach the birth of your baby with confidence.
This beautiful guide to giving birth is an invaluable practical resource you can return to and work with throughout your pregnancy - the ideal accompaniment to your birth preparation plan.
Feel more confident about giving birth
Discover how your body is perfectly designed for birthing a baby - and your baby knows how to be born - with Janet's expert explanation of the miraculous physiology of birth.
Develop a calm and positive state of mind
In the right environment and with positive expectations, most women can give birth naturally. Janet’s affirmations and suggestions will help you to let go of fears and anxieties, and develop confidence in your body.
Discover why babies are born more easily in upright positions
Janet explains the common sense benefits of giving birth upright, and remaining free to move and change positions during labour. This freedom to move is at the heart of an Active Birth.
Understand how to use your body during labour
Explore 26+ positions for labour and birth, with simple demonstrations by couples attending Janet's workshop. With a little practice, you will develop muscle memory and activate your intuitive ability to find the positions that feel right for your labour and birth.
Practice breathing and relaxation techniques
While working with this film you will practice relaxation and breathing techniques in a variety of positions - including techniques to try with your partner. These techniques will help both of you to create a calm and relaxing environment, as you learn to release more easily into deep relaxation and prepare for the inner journey of labour.
Bond with your newborn baby
The journey continues in the magical first hour after birth, with advice for bonding with your baby, and up-to-date recommendations about the cord and placenta. The film ends by anticipating the joyful and loving welcome of your new baby and the start of your new family.
About Janet Balaskas
Janet Balaskas is the author of 7 books published in over 11 languages. Since founding the Active Birth movement in 1981, she has transformed the way millions of women given birth around the world, by successfully campaigning for the right for women to give birth actively. Along the way, she pioneered the concept of pregnancy yoga, popularised home birth and water birth - and had four children of her own.
When Plans Change
In the event of special circumstances, sometimes a natural birth is not possible. When you purchase this film you will also receive guidance about how the principles of an Active Birth can be combined with medical care to ensure that you are comfortable and safe while still enjoying a positive Active Birth for your baby alongside the expert assistance of your midwife and doctor.
Another meaning of an active birth is to be actively involved in making wise decisions and choices when this needs to happen.
Photo credits: Sarah Stirk, Anthea Sieveking and Xanthe Berkeley