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How to Heal a Bad Birth : Making Sense, Making Peace and Moving on - Melissa J Bruijn

How to Heal a Bad Birth

Making Sense, Making Peace and Moving on

By: Melissa J Bruijn, Debby a Gould

Paperback | 17 June 2016

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How to Heal a Bad Birth is a straightforward guide for women who have experienced a difficult, disappointing or traumatic birth, and want to gain understanding and clarity about 'what happened' and why they feel so bad...and move on.

Written by the founders of Birthtalk (TM), this book works double-time as an indispensable resource for partners, family and health professionals, enabling them to offer meaningful support for a woman in this situation.

Do people keep saying 'you should be grateful'?

Often women are told to 'just get over it', or 'healthy mother, healthy baby... that's all that matters.' We know it's not that simple, and that your emotional health matters too.

This book offers ideas and tools to:

  • explore & process the emotional impact of your birth
  • strengthen your relationship with your partner
  • reconnect with your child
  • deal with feelings such as failure, guilt, sadness, or anger
  • begin to plan for a better birth next time
Join the hundreds of women who have used these tools to make sense, make peace, and move on from a bad birth.
Industry Reviews
"Thank you Melissa and Debby for pouring your vast knowledge and skills into such a simple and readable book. Your love, support, and guidance are an enormous contribution to mothers babies, fathers and families everywhere who have experienced a bad birth. This book brings profound hope and healing." Dr Sarah Buckley, author, Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering "When the Birthtalk founders, Melissa and Deb, approached me to help them edit their book, I had no idea what an incredible piece of work I was about to receive. As I edited and studied the work that these two amazing women had produced, I found myself torn between being a professional writer and editor, and being a mother who had also struggled with some difficult personal birth scenarios. With every word I read, I felt understood, I felt cared for and I felt the weight of my own negative memories of giving birth lift from my shoulders. Every woman who's had a baby should have access to this book, as should every father. The support within from personal experiences of the authors and the many mothers and health professionals who have contributed are invaluable, but more particularly, the wealth of practical knowledge and true empathy is unsurpassed. I wish I'd read it many years earlier, and I would highly recommend it to health professionals in the maternity field and parents who want to heal after a difficult birth. It was truly a gift and blessing for me to work on this book." Caylie Jeffery, Author, Bedtime Stories for Busy Mothers "Have just finished reading your book. Wow! It's great. Love the conversational and supportive tone, and the question-answer layout of a number of sections. The Birthtalk Breakdown system is fantastic! So simple, yet so effective. That in itself is a tool that will provide clarity and empowerment. Overall, loved reading the book. It's wonderful and genuine and very easy to read." Jennie Elston, Counsellor

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