The second time around and I still really enjoyed this book. The story is captivating and moving, though I found the ending to be mostly unsatisfactor...moreThe second time around and I still really enjoyed this book. The story is captivating and moving, though I found the ending to be mostly unsatisfactory, and the morality to be contrary to my beliefs while still remaining somewhat in my comfort zone. This was a thought-provoking combo, and really, although a novel, this book does offer some food for thought.
Also, the anti-semitism is interesting, as is an anecdote that might be meant to make up for it. I wonder what others say about this, and wish it had been assigned in high school so more people would be engaged in a discussion about it in my social circle.
After a third read, I find this book just as fascinating as ever. The story is well written and believable, the characters seem so real that this read...moreAfter a third read, I find this book just as fascinating as ever. The story is well written and believable, the characters seem so real that this reads (at least to me) like non-fiction, and most of all, the author makes mental illness seem so logical to the ill that the reader is forced to see the ill person as somewhat reasonable and sane, thereby bringing out their humanity that might not otherwise be so easily seen.
Hypnobirthing was the trendy new 'thing' being discussed among pregnant women but it sounded too fluffy for me - I tend to be wary of trends and thing...moreHypnobirthing was the trendy new 'thing' being discussed among pregnant women but it sounded too fluffy for me - I tend to be wary of trends and things that are popular amongst mainstream culture. However, this book was in the lending-library of the teacher of my birthing class. So I borrowed it and read up.
The book was extremely helpful in changing my attitudes towards childbirth on a gut level to make it less daunting and intimidating (terrifying?!). The anecdote in the book of the African student's husband in one of the author's birthing class in particular helped to shape my gut reaction, and inspired me to wear sunglasses during childbirth, which actually turned out to be a VERY good idea. (long story, but I do recommend it, especially for anyone having a hospital birth.) The terminology that the book uses also does a lot to help the reader with positive reframing.
However (and I was forewarned prior to even THINKING about reading this book) the book does not seem to be enough to prepare for hypnobirthing during actual labor and delivery. There are principles that are helpful, and I would recommend it to someone who wasn't considering having a hypnobirth, as there is lots of helpful information and it is certainly also interesting to read about the author's own birthing experiences. But without taking a course, it really is impossible, if not nearly impossible, to DO hypnobirthing just from reading the book. A course really is necessary. But reading this book is a great precursor to a course, and definitely inspires the reader to take one.
I had a very positive birthing experience, but next time around, I'm going to study hypnobirthing in a course.(less)
I read this book while taking her childbirth course in person. The book was NOT required reading and basically covered the same info that the author t...moreI read this book while taking her childbirth course in person. The book was NOT required reading and basically covered the same info that the author taught in the course. The book did focus a bit more on the religious aspect than the course, I felt.
This book was a bit 'fafrumpt' for me. The ideas were great, but the tone wasn't my particular style. That having been said, I think the book was extremely thorough and surprisingly effective as preparation for having a positive birth experience. It provides the reader with the information and resources to have an intervention-free childbirth, assuming a healthy baby. I highly recommend this book for all pregnant women AND THEIR SPOUSES.(less)
This book totally delivers on its promises! Childbirth is challenging and a situation of extreme vulnerability, and it's so important to go in informe...moreThis book totally delivers on its promises! Childbirth is challenging and a situation of extreme vulnerability, and it's so important to go in informed and prepared to maximize one's chances of a positive experience. The book is informative, thorough, and realistic, and really equips the reader to grab her childbirth experience by the reigns and steer, as well as to know when to let go and let others drive.
Being an advocate for yourself in childbirth, and having a good support system with a similar philosophy of birthing is the key to a positive experience. To be a successful advocate, you must be well informed, and this book does it.
As an aside, I think it's valuable to know the philosophy of other attitudes towards childbirth than your own - only by considering alternatives can you really own your choices, attitudes and opinions.(less)
This was one of my favorites as a child. I loved it for its silliness and its great illustrations. What's there not to love about a potentially imagin...moreThis was one of my favorites as a child. I loved it for its silliness and its great illustrations. What's there not to love about a potentially imaginary dragon that grows to the size of a house?
After re-reading this as an adult, the profundity of the ending also speaks to me.
SPOILER ALERT!!! --- --- ---
The dragon as a metaphor for a child who innocently creates a lot of trouble for everyone just to get noticed is validating from a childlike point of view, and my inner child appreciates the hat-tip. On the other hand, as an adult, I'd hope there would be an educational factor involved to teach the dragon/child that they are worthy of attention WITHOUT creating problems, and a method suggested for gaining attention through positive (rather than negative) means.