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Natural Birth Book: Birthing Bliss Begins with Overcoming Your Fears

What if you could give birth the way nature intended?

Be empowered to experience the joy of natural birth on your own terms- Fear-Free, Drug- Free and maybe even Pain Free… (Hint: Get off the beds ladies and actively give birth rather than being delivered!)..... and then become a part of the Positive Birth Revolution!!

Meet Katrina, founder of Inspiring Birth Stories, in her recent TV interview where she intimately discusses her positively transforming natural birth experiences and how she was profoundly impacted by her own personal journey into motherhood.  She also introduces a new possibility and paradigm of birth with the release of her new book.

Blissful Birth - I Just Breathed & Believed! 

Fleur shares her blissful birth experience after reading the book "A Modern Woman's Guide to A Natural Empowering Birth" by Katrina Zaslavsky. Live and spontaneous recording at Peninsula Health And Wellness Expo 2013.

"I read Katrina's book in my pregnancy and it is exactly what it says- totally empowering! All of the stories made me believe I could have this wonderful experience and I did. My baby came in 8 hours of blissful labour and was totally spontaneous. I just breathed and I believed. I knew I could do this and my baby knew that as well and we worked together. It was absolutely beautiful and this is the book that made me believe. Thank you so much Katrina!"

Natural Birth - Pain Free!!!

"I finally learnt the real truth about birth - the real monster was not the pain but the FEAR itself. It is the fear that promotes the pain. We are taught to fear birth because we are told it is overwhelmingly painful, but what if this was just a myth we have all bought into? What if it could be a PAIN-FREE or even JOYFUL experience, if only we would think differently about it?" 

~ Author Katrina Zaslavsky from A Modern Woman’s Guide to a Natural Empowering Birth

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Her new inspirational book, A Modern Woman’s Guide to a Natural Empowering Birth, is a collection of inspiring birth stories, expert tips and practical insights to reclaim our birth power and overcome our fears in a modern world with special afterword by Dr Sarah Buckley MD, author of Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering.

As a passionate natural mother and former public health professional, together with a lifelong passion for healthy living, over a decade in the natural health industry, a magazine columnist and most recently a committee member for Natural Parenting Melbourne, her calling is to awaken people to live a more conscious natural lifestyle and especially to empower women around the globe to discover their inner birth goddess!!

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Empower Yourself for a Positive Birth Experience!

Feeling anxious, alone or in the dark as a new mother to be? Where do you go to get your questions answered when you don’t have any mothers as the “wise woman” to turn to, the doctor is too busy to inform you of your options or discuss the pros and cons of various drugs and procedures on the menu, and you read virtually every magazine in the waiting room before he/ she can see you for five minutes at a time?

Meanwhile, random strangers decide it is their maternal duty to share their birth horror stories when they spot the bump and the hospital antenatal classes leave you feeling even more fearful and anxious than you were before you walked in!

Just when you thought you couldn’t bear to hear another horror story, along comes a fresh new book that is the answer to your prayers. Brimming with positivity, A Modern Woman’s Guide to a Natural Empowering Birth offers inspiring birth stories, expert tips, practical tools and insights to reclaim your birth power and overcome your fears.

More than just a random collection of stories, the author Katrina Zaslavsky, takes you on a powerful journey of discovery and gives you the keys to transforming your birth experience.

This complete mind body preparation guide for every woman in bloom has been described as ‘mandatory reading material’, ‘enchanting’, ‘powerful’ and ‘refreshingly real’ and has been embraced by pregnant women, birth workers, natural therapists and many professionals in the industry.

Generously sprinkled with inspirational quotes and topped with a compelling Afterword by Dr Sarah Buckley, internationally renowned author of “Gentle Birth Gentle Mothering”, this is the ultimate mind body preparation guide every woman in bloom has been waiting for!

Now you can connect with a positive community of women without leaving home.

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Meet the Mums (well, 2 of them anyway!)

Rebecca Dettman

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Meet Rebecca Dettman, a passionate mother, intuitive and journalist, as she shares her conscious approach to pregnancy and birthing and her philosophies that led to two beautiful natural joyous births. She discusses how we have become completely out of touch with nature and our bodies in our modern world and are routinely handing over our personal power as women.

Rebecca firmly believes we need a whole paradigm shift when it comes to birthing and explains why in this video. She also shares the importance of honouring our gut feelings or intuition and trusting in the natural process to experience a positive birth without the need for medical intervention. She had two natural and beautiful home births on her own terms with her children and shares her inspiring birth story in the book.

Katia Leonaite

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Meet Katia Leonaite, an inspiring mother and go-getting/ driven career woman who shares her empowering birth experience in a hospital environment. She reveals how she prepared, discusses the importance of the birth support team, some tips and tricks for going drug-free, vital birth lessons and knowing what you want prior to going into labour. You can read her full story in the book

Meet the Experts who Contributed to the Book

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10 Ways To Spot That You Are RIPE and READY For This Book

1. For Every Woman in Bloom: 

You detect a growing bump, are convinced your jeans are getting too tight and it’s not just too much for lunch

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2. Be Inspired

All you ever hear is horror stories, symptoms & complaints around the topics of pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding.....and would like to hear something more positive and inspiring for a change

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3. Embrace Your Pregnancy

You are pregnant & wondering how you are going to get through the next 9 months, instead of embracing it as an incredibly beautiful life changing experience

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4. Overcome Your Fears

When you imagine getting the baby out, it creates feelings of intense fear or panic

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5. Find Out The Truth, Fully Informed Choices

You are wondering why the caesarean rates are so high and are thinking something is not quite right

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6. Preparing for a Positive Experience - Your Birthright

You are curious why is it that some women have such positive inspiring experiences while others are left traumatised from birth and would like to understand the difference

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7. Go Natural

You would really love to go natural if possible and maybe even drug free (you instinctively don’t like the idea of all those drugs & needles or medical interventions) if you knew how and was shown the road was totally possible and achievable

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Meet Donna who had an amazing drug free birth after 2 Caesarians!!!

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8. Empower Yourself

You are ready to be empowered for life and reclaim your birth power as a woman and birthing goddess!              

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9. No More Horror Stories , Bring Back the Magic Miracle & Beauty

No one has shared with you the beauty, magic or miracle of giving birth.

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10. Reclaim Your Birth Power

You are ready to take the natural process of pregnancy and birth back into your own hands and create a magical birth story of your own!

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Discover the 21 Key Insights in the Book

  • 1ST INSIGHT: WE NEED A REALITY CHECK
  • 2ND INSIGHT: MAKE A COMMITMENT
  • 3RD INSIGHT: KNOWLEDGE IS BIRTH POWER
  • 4TH INSIGHT: GET IN THE ZONE
  • 5TH INSIGHT: GIVE UP CONTROL
  • 6TH INSIGHT: CONSCIOUSLY PREPARE MIND & BODY
  • 7TH INSIGHT: EXPECT ONLY A POSITIVE OUTCOME
  • 8TH INSIGHT: WORDS HAVE POWER
  • 9TH INSIGHT: CREATE A SUPPORT TEAM
  • 10TH INSIGHT: YOUR BIRTH YOUR BODY
  • 11TH INSIGHT: DOCTORS AND DRUGS ARE OPTIONAL
  • 12TH INSIGHT: A WHOLE WORLD OF TIPS AND TRICKS
  • 13TH INSIGHT: DEAL WITH YOUR MONSTERS
  • 14TH INSIGHT: PAIN IS GOOD OR NOTHING AT ALL
  • 15TH INSIGHT: HARNESS YOUR HORMONES
  • 16TH INSIGHT: THE EASY WAY IS NOT SO EASY
  • 17TH INSIGHT: BIRTH IS BEAUTIFUL
  • 18TH INSIGHT: TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS
  • 19TH INSIGHT: GET YOUR BABY ON BOARD
  • 20TH INSIGHT: TRUST IN NATURE’S PERFECT DESIGN
  • 21ST INSIGHT: THE FIRST MAGICAL MOMENTS

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Enjoy a Special Afterword by Dr Sarah Buckley MD, Author of Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering

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Dr Sarah J Buckley is trained as a general practitioner (GP) with qualifications in GP obstetrics and family planning. Currently Sarah is fully occupied as an internationally acclaimed author and speaker on pregnancy, birth and parenting. She is best known for her bestselling book, Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering: A Doctor’s Guide to Natural Childbirth and Gentle Early Parenting Choices. She is also the mother of four home born children. Dr Buckley’s work critiques current practices in pregnancy, birth, and parenting from scientific, anthropological, cross-cultural, psychological, and personal perspectives. Her writing has been published internationally, incorporated into numerous parenting books and translated into eight languages.

She has also contributed to many professional texts. Dr Buckley has presented at conferences internationally and has been interviewed on issues related to birth and mothering for TV, radio, newspapers and magazines, and for educational and birth-related DVDs.

A discussion of topics including:

  • Best advice for new mothers to overcome their fears
  • The possibility of an ecstatic birth and the vital role of birth hormones
  • Risks associated with common modern birth procedures
  • Medical birth vs natural birth
  • Biggest challenges in obstetrics and midwifery today
  • How much influence do we really have over our birth outcomes
  • Most effective tools and techniques for a more positive birth experience
  • The importance of connecting with our babies even before they are born
  • Why is it so important to follow mother nature’s design
  • The importance of proper rest and recovery for new mothers after giving birth
  • Why so many modern women suffer from post natal depression

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Plus Receive 4 Bonus Gifts!!!

Empowering Daily Affirmations Chart

Handpicked gems for you to re-program your mind daily with positive thoughts, discover your magnificence and overcome your fears for good!

Eat Right Birth Right Nutritional Chart

Nutritional tips to nourish you and your precious baby

Empowering Sample Birth Plan & Explanations Sheet

  • What you must know to put together your birth plan and discuss with your birth support team prior to birth eg cutting of the cord, when to do it, who to do it and why it is important
  • Get vital inside tips that your doc won’t tell you - For your eyes only!!
  • Be empowered with information to make the right decisions for you and your baby

Empowering Birth Resources

Must read books, must see DVDs, website links to explore (as voted by our many mothers and birth professionals who contributed to the book) to empower yourself for a positive birth experience

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In the Press!

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Even pre-release, the book created a storm of interest and now the media is starting to take notice with national parenting and health magazines featuring her book in their glossy pages and the leader newspapers writing her story “A Mother’s Inspiration” to celebrate motherhood in honour of Mother’s Day.

Katrina was recently interviewed on 5AA Radio in Adelaide whilst on tour. She was also a guest speaker on international radio program in Melbourne, Enlighten-Up with Tess and Bess on “discovering the inner birth goddess” and the release of her new book. Feedback from this one hour interview aired live in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and USA, was very positive and a called a “great interview.”

Most notably, Rachana Shivam, Principal of the International College of Spiritual Midwifery and pioneer of conscious birthing practices since the 1970s with a teaching career spanning 40 years, commented, “I loved the depth that developed during this interview” and added, “this book adds to the ever expanding and much needed literature about natural childbirth and will bless the mothers and babies of the future.”

A Modern Woman’s Guide to a Natural Empowering Birth has since been featured at major conferences and events including  the recent Trust Birth Conference in Nashville USA, Australian Breastfeeding Association Conference 2012 and numerous Face of Birth movie screenings around Australia. Face of Birth is a powerful new documentary about pregnancy, childbirth and the power of choice. Starring Sheila Kitzinger, Michel Odent, Wendy Savage, Richard Porter, Lesley Page, Sally Tracey, Rhea Dempsey, Andrew Bisits, Hannah Dahlen, Euan Wallace, Justine Caines OAM, Patrice Hickey, Ina May Gaskin, Robbie Davis-Floyd.

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Voted Favourite Product - Finalist in AusMumpreneur Awards 2012

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Featured As “Best Books in Wellness” by Living Wellness Magazine

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Featured in True Natural Health Review: Magazine of the Natural Health Society of Australia

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The Inside Story Behind the Book

Katrina Zaslavsky - Author

Why inspiring birth stories, you may ask?

Good question!

Like most modern women, I was filled with fear and anxiety, as well as positive anticipation as a first-time mother-to-be. Yet I was committed to going natural all the way and consciously worked through my fears during my nine months in waiting and transformed my experience from being terrified of the birth process to feeling at peace, having complete trust in birth and my body and actually looking forward to the big event!

The result?

Two incredibly life changing, fear-free, drug- free and virtually pain- free births to my beautiful girls!!! It also gave me a sense of inner strength, courage and confidence like I could take on the world. Giving birth as nature intended is one of my greatest achievements by far and I will carry this feeling with me for the rest of my life.

My personal journey into motherhood and the birth lessons I have gained along the way, have had such a profound impact on me, that it has led me on a whole new pathway: to become an advocate of natural and conscious parenting, committed to supporting women in bloom to give birth naturally without drugs or interventions (if that is what they choose) and to overcome their fears about birthing in a world that has become so medicalised and fearful of something so perfectly natural.

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What inspired you to write this book?

When I was pregnant for the first time, I remember being insatiably hungry for knowledge. I wanted to know everything there was to know on pregnancy and birth and was ready to devour every book on the subject I could get my hands on. This was an important step on the road to self empowerment, yet I found most books were either too clinical, boring or uninspiring and was left rather dissatisfied.

Like many first time mothers, I was also very fearful of the birth process even though I believed (and still do) that natural is best. That was my approach to life in general so it just made sense. That meant a big bridge to cross from intense fear and anxiety at even the mere thought of labour to feeling completely at peace. Having faced and worked through this fear, resulting in two natural drug free births with my beautiful girls and then coaching others in bloom, I felt compelled to help empower other women to walk the same path.  

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How is your book different from the others on pregnancy and birth?

I wanted to bring back the magic, the miracle and beauty of birth – this is what I felt was missing from many books I had read and what it was really all about. I also felt there was a strong need to un-medicalise or normalise birth in our society. So in essence, my book is the opposite of the ones I had read as a first time mother. Many women have shared how easy it is to read, how they “couldn’t put it down,” that it was “refreshingly real,” “a must read” and one reader even called it “the most inspiring book” she had ever read on the subject!” WOW! To me that is the best compliment and the most heart warming “thank you” an author could ever receive!

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Why are modern women so fearful of giving birth?

In the book, A Modern Woman’s Guide to a Natural Empowering Birth, I discuss the lack of sisterhood when it comes to birth. Women tend to share horror stories when they spot the bump, instead of anything remotely helpful or inspiring for a new impressionable expectant mother. How often do you hear, “Oh I had the most AMAZING BLISSFUL ORGASMIC birth experience, let me tell you all about it...” Didn’t think so! Lol

Those that have a negative or traumatic experience tend to spread it far and wide and unload on poor unsuspecting pregnant ladies. (often a form of therapy at others’ expense) Those that have a positive experience tend to keep it to themselves since they feel content and complete in themselves or don’t want to appear as if they are bragging.

 If all we ever hear is the negatives, then we may get the impression that birth is something to fear, endure and that it must involve drugs or medical procedures. As you will discover in the book, A Modern Woman’s Guide to a Natural Empowering Birth, this does not need to be the case!! In fact, birth can even be a calm and joyous experience!!

If you follow the media as your only frame of reference, then you have every reason to be afraid! Birth is currently a hot topic in the media, yet again all we ever hear are the horror stories or what goes 'wrong.' (it seems negative stories are the only ones that make newsworthy headlines so that’s all we hear about) This only feeds the fear and keeps us trapped in the birth fear epidemic that is so prevalent in our modern society.

Meanwhile, Hollywood movies paint the picture of birth as a frantic emergency rather than something that can happen calmly. Such movies only depict birth as a routinely medical event instead of the greatest natural miracle we can participate in and something we are perfectly designed to do as women without outside ‘help’ or minimal if any interference.

I really feel that women now, more than ever, need to hear positive stories to remedy this, to normalise and un-medicalise birth in their own minds (our thoughts create our reality!) and bring back the beauty, magic and miracle of this natural process that it truly is at it's essence.... and restore our faith in mother nature and our own bodies to do what we are designed to do!

Remember this is nothing new, this is what women have been doing since the beginning of time. The truth is, women are gloriously capable of giving birth and just need to take good care of their wellbeing, to stay in their power, trust themselves and own their magnificence!

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You refer to yourself as a “mum on a mission.” What drives you to share the message of empowering birth so actively?

I was the same as many other women, I have been there myself so I can relate. The birth process has always been mysterious and one of my greatest fears, yet I could never have imagined that one day it would become my greatest achievement and source of new courage and confidence not only as a mother but as a woman.

Now that I have walked the path from being absolutely terrified to feeling completely at peace and on the other side, been positively transformed through birth, I would love every woman to experience the same thing.

So now it’s become my new purpose in life to empower women around the globe to reclaim their birth power and discover their inner birth goddess. To remember what we are made for. Underneath all the fear, negativity and misconceptions there is a beautiful birth goddess just waiting to emerge!

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How would you describe the process of writing this book?

An amazing adventure! I became so obsessed and immersed in the process of writing that it was all I could think about day and night for many months. Now I understand why writers remove themselves from their daily lives and go off into a forest somewhere! I didn’t have that luxury with two young kids at home. However, I did become more intuitive and spiritually aware throughout this process and really stepped into the role to get back in touch with my own experiences and how I was feeling at the time. I even remember having a vivid dream that I was pregnant myself!

Also I have always been a very private person and I surprised myself that I was able to abandon myself to the project and bared my soul to my readers. Not only did empowered mothers and birth professionals share their stories, insights and tips throughout but there is a personally commentary from my own experiences and the birth lessons I gained along the way.

It is an intimate topic that we don’t normally speak about so openly and in such detail (a bit like sharing your love life!), yet I felt that this topic was so much bigger than me and if it would change lives of women around the world then it would be worth it. One reader confirmed this when she described the book as “raw and real.” That is exactly what I had envisaged.

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What kind of benefits can a new mother to be, expect from reading the book?

It is designed to be a complete mind body preparation guide for every woman in bloom - for some this will be everything they need to know in the one book. And will save their precious time looking around for helpful, positive books on the subject or researching like mad, like I had to do the first time to find answers! For others it may send them off on a whole new journey of discovery. For instance, they may like to explore water births or finding a doula which is something perhaps they didn’t know about or hadn’t considered before. It has been so exciting to read all the amazingly positive reviews that have been coming in daily.

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Why do we need to read inspiring birth stories?

In many cultures we have traditionally learnt important life lessons through sharing stories eg fables. So I thought it would be a great way to not only inspire women but also share valuable birth lessons. The things that we wish someone had told us before we had given birth!

Dr Sarah Buckley who wrote a special afterword in the book, says “one of the best ways to prepare for birth is to saturate ourselves in positive birth stories” and that is exactly what we have here. A great antidote to the negativity that we are surrounded by in the ‘real world.’

Hopefully this will help many women to overcome their fears and reclaim their birth power. To choose what’s right for them and to become an active and conscious participant in the process rather than having things done to them or without their knowledge or consent. There is no right and wrong when it comes to birth, only choices. Informed choices are the only real choices and this will give mothers what they need to know to make informed choices for themselves and their babies. This is why the book is both inspiring and empowering.

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How do you believe this book will help create a positive birth revolution?

In life there are some things we plan and others life plans for us! This book was a result of the latter, a labour of love, very inspired and something I felt needed to be done, even with two beautiful kids at my feet.

Writing this book was not something that I had planned in my head as a ‘good idea’ Although I had always wanted to write a book one day, nothing moved me enough until motherhood. It is something that simply struck me one day and felt right. The project has completely taken over from that day onward and has grown a life all of its own. My new beautiful “baby” so to speak!

This is so much more than a book to me, it is my calling in life right now to bring more awareness, empowerment and consciousness to women and I am very inspired to share this message of empowering birth with the world.

I really feel that if we can put this book into the hands of first time mothers to be, then we could prevent many cases of unnecessary birth trauma and the resulting post natal depression that follows from such an experience. This is why I am so possessed to spread the word and be part of the change in creating a positive birth revolution across Australia and beyond!

As a passionate natural mother, formerly a public health professional, founder of Inspiring Birth Stories, magazine columnist and Natural Parenting Melbourne committee member, together with a lifelong passion for healthy living, my calling is to awaken people around the world to live a more natural, conscious lifestyle. I am so inspired to walk this path personally and professionally.

Looking forward to playing a part in your empowered natural birth journey and hope you enjoy this labour of love.

Much love and Birth Blessings

Katrina Zaslavsky

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