The ebook edition of Janet Balaskas classic, bestselling guide to active pregnancy and childbirth. Brings back the common sense that is overlooked by modern obstetrics. When this book was first published it was totally groundbreaking. In a decade, Janet Balaskas has gained the respect of midwives and challenged hospital general practice to change to better suit pregnant women. Throughout time and the world over, women in labour have chosen to move about freely and actively – to find the most comfortable position for child birth. Only recently have women have been told to lie on their backs – in a position that defies the laws of nature and gravity. Active Birth helps parents to prepare for and to experience a more liberated, more natural and therefore more comfortable childbirth. Active Birth wisdom applies throughout the pregnancy. This book shows how to develop the body’s natural resources and to deal instinctively with the experience of childbirth.