As more couples look for choice, birthing pools are now a standard feature in UK hospitals. Recent research says that mothers who use one suffer less pain and stress (Daily Mail, Jan 04). Janet Balaskas is the expert on this subject. In a survey of 100 first-time mothers making slow progress in labour, half were given the chance to use a birthing pool. Only 47 per cent of those who had a water birth needed an epidural, compared to 66 per cent of those receiving standard care. Water birth mothers also needed less drugs, had lower pain scores and felt more freedom of movement. Janet has a great profile. She is well-known by the media due to her involvement in the Active Birth Movement and her work at the International Active Birth Centre, both of which she founded, as well as her international lecture tours. The book is full of inspiring birth stories and interviews which is what expectant mums really want to read. Janet's books, both with Thorsons and other publishers, have a great sales track: Thorsons has sold over 70,000 copies of New Active Birth, co-written with renowned obstetrician Yehudi Gordon (Author of Birth and Beyond). Preparing for Birth with Yoga is another classic - the most respected book of its kind. Janet's overseas sales are equally strong. She is extremely well-known in the USA and Australia, among others. She will be the keynote speaker at the International Waterbirth conference in Chicago April 04.
Janet Balaskas is a pioneer and innovator in the field of childbirth and maternity care. She is the founder of the well-known and influential Active Birth Movement and is the preeminent pregnancy and childbirth writer and expert of our time; Janet is internationally recognised by mothers and midwives alike as THE name in yoga for pregnancy and natural, self-empowering approaches to the birth experience. Janet now runs the International Active Birth Centre in London, lectures internationally and is a well-known campaigner for women's rights in childbirth. She is the author of several books, including New Active Birth, Natural Pregnancy and The Encyclopedia of Pregnancy and Birth.
'Informative, interesting and stimulating...it should be a necessary part of every midwife's reading.' ARMS QUARTERLY JOURNAL