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Birthing From Within

birthing-from-within-175wWhat is Birthing from Within?

BIRTHING FROM WITHIN® is a birth program developed by Pam England, MA, CNM, a home birth midwife and mother who, inspired by her own birth experiences, developed this holistic approach to childbirth and postpartum preparation. Pregnant for the first time 1982, Pam had done everything possible to be fully prepared mentally, nutritionally, educationally for her home birth. After a long labor at home, trying every alternative know to midwifery, she was transferred to the hospital for the cesarean birth she most feared.

Before her cesarean, Pam believed strongly that cesarean birth could be avoided with proper education and a birth plan. Her experience softened her heart toward mothers who've had cesarean births and gave her a new resolve to find answers to what women should know to experience a spiritual birth in our medicalized birth culture.

What is Unique about Pam's Approach to Childbirth?

Pam’s program has the approach to childbirth that it is a “profound rite-of-passage not as a medical event but as an act of self-discovery.” She includes in her program activities such as journal writing, visualization and meditation in preparation for birth. Her program focuses on teaching awareness of what the mother is feeling physically and emotionally each day, rather than acting on conditioning. The program encourages a mom to listen to the messages her body is sending, and not to spend an extreme amount of time gathering information so that she will be able to "pass the test".

BIRTHING FROM WITHIN® offers more than just information for the actual birth, they provide information for what to expect after the baby is born and the postpartum process of learning and adjustment. They also discuss the role of the father and how important his job is in the life of a child. They strive to provide “the support and education to make each phase of birthing a rewarding experience”.

Where can I Find More Information on Birthing From Within?

If you would enjoy more information on Pam’s method we suggest reading BIRTHING FROM WITHIN: An Extra-Ordinary Guide to Childbirth Preparation by Pam England, CNM, MA & Rob Horowitz, PhD (1 July 1998).