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Ancient Map for Modern Birth

Preparation, Passage, and Personal Growth during Your Childbearing Year

The new ground-breaking book from Birthing From Within Founder Pam England is here!

The integrative model of childbirth preparation and recovery described in this book will provide birthing people with the information needed to prepare for birth, how to think and feel about labor, and how to tell their story. During their childbearing year, they traverse two paths at once: an inner path of psychological and spiritual awareness and an outer path of practical approaches to birth in modern-day culture. The book combines scientific research with meditation, ceremony, art, and mythic stories, which not only prepares childbearing people to go beyond their edge into uncharted territory, but also to find their way home again. The underlying message throughout is not to strive for a perfect birth but instead to be mindful of the mythic journey, of all those who have come before—an awareness that leads not only to the birth of a child but to the birth of a new self.

“The layering of the book into four parts—the Call, the Tasks of Preparation, the Gates of Laborland, and the Warrior’s Return— provides a solid organization, and even a sense of heroic journey. The many exercises make the presentation quite experiential and very useful for both practitioners and pregnant families.” —Lewis Mehl-Madrona, author of Coyote Medicine

Ancient Map for Modern Birth is a soulful, authoritative, and exquisitely written guide for the heroine’s journey we call childbirth. I highly recommend this beautiful gift of insight and knowledge.” —Christine Northrup, MD, author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom