Redeeming Childbirth Review
Many of you may not know that prior to having kids and working as a stay-at-home-mom, I worked in the labor and delivery field. I was a licensed massage therapist specializing in pregnancy massage. I quickly developed a love for Childbirth and the Childbirth Education field. I received my license as a Doula, taught Child Birth Education classes, and gave lactation counseling to both the new moms and the veteran moms. I loved what I did and loved seeing the beauty and miracles of God – babies in his own image being born.
Prior to opening my business as a Doula, I wanted Childbirth books from a Christian perspective to have on hand in my office. I looked high and low. I searched everywhere from the major book retailers, to the nickel and dime book stores and even garage sales. These books were few and far between! I finally found a couple! Unfortunately, they were not what I was looking for.
(This little one was my very first birth. Picture used with permission by her family)
Recently, Angie Tolpin, the author of Redeeming Childbirth, asked me to review her book. I was excited to review it! When the book finally arrived, I stared at the title of her new book. Then I began a lengthy process known as procrastination. I have 3 children, but they were all C-Sections. I had helped so many other Mommas with their natural childbirths. My children are all blessings, but I didn’t have that beautiful birth story to pass along. The closest I came was laboring with my oldest. I had a lot of momma guilt over not having natural deliveries. As I continued to stare at the Angie’s book, that guilt I felt so long ago was rearing its ugly head again. I thought to myself, “Do I really want to relive those feelings again?” Well the truth of it is, sometimes reliving feelings is healing. When I went through this book, I was literally blown away. This book is for everyone! This book is healing dear mommas who have had those C-Sections who never experienced the joy of a natural childbirth. This book is for the mommas who have experienced those joys. I cannot say enough about Redeeming Childbirth. I am forever thankful to have been asked to do this review.
This book is easy to read and is packed FULL of information! Click HERE to see the table of contents. One of my favorite chapters was “Redeeming The Division.” There is a HUGE division in childbirth and this section explains the division, but also how to bridge the gap. There are several chapters that I loved!!! Preparing Your Heart, Soul, Mind, and Body for Birth is simply amazing. I wish every mother who is expecting could read this. Most childbirth books talk about the usual stuff – preparing your birth bag, having a birth plan, mentally preparing yourself for birth, what to expect before, during and after childbirth, and the list goes on. In this book, Angie does tell you practical advice of things you need to do and plan for, like studying up on childbirth and how God designed our bodies. However, she brings everything back to Christ. We cannot fully prepare mentally for childbirth if we have not prepared spiritually.
(a few more blessings of childbirth-the one on the right is when my niece was born:))
I love this quote found on page 47:
We need to trust what we know is true about God and strive to honor and respect Him for who we know Him to be, even in birth. Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand, Isaiah 41:10 NLT
I love how when she talks about meditating, that she is talking about praying and reflecting in the Lord!
Here is what amazon says about the book:
Childbirth is more than an event that makes a woman a mother. This journey was designed to be a spiritual milestone that draws every woman’s heart back to the only Deliverer. “Angie Tolpin has honored all of us by giving the world a book that guides, inspires, explores and reconsiders that there is a Grand Design in childbirth. Redeeming Childbirth honors God’s Word and speaks truth that families can and should remember His presence in the birth room.” ~Barbara Harper, RN, CLD, CCE, Founder of Waterbirth International and author of Gentle Birth Choices “Angie casts a beautiful vision for making Christ the center of your pregnancy and childbirth. Shedding light on areas of frequent idolatry in our own birth plans, Angie calls out the disunity amongst Christian sisters over birth methods. Through her own birth stories and those of others, Angie shows how God can be glorified in hospital rooms and birthing centers as well as home-births. ~Gretchen Louise, editor at Young Ladies Christian Fellowship “Redeeming Childbirth is a much-needed blessing for families and churches. I long for the day when I can buy a stack of this book, ready to bless each new expectant mother with what she really needs: encouragement from a sweet friend, spiritual wisdom, and guidance to trust in God.“ ~Ann Dunagan, Co-founder of Harvest Ministry, Director of Daring Daughters, Author of The Mission Minded Family and The Mission Minded Child
Another favorite part of mine in the book are the birth stories. They are amazing! If you work in the childbirth field in anyway, or if you’re expecting a baby or plan to have more, you NEED this book. It is not often that a childbirth book impresses me nowadays. I have read ALOT of them, but this one is simply wonderful!
There are many bonuses this book has that others do not. I loved the section in the back where Angie’s husband, Isaac, wrote to the readers. This is so special and I personally have not ever read something like that, even in Christian childbirth books before. She also has a section on Titus 2 mentoring, which sadly is a dying art; Christian friends, we can bring it back! Another rare find in her book is the section on preparing daughters. Personally, I only have sons, but I know many women who would love to have this resource to use along with their daughters. Redeeming Childbirth would make an excellent wedding gift and gift for the newly expectant mother!
Another thing this book has that I love, is the workbook you can get to go with it.
I absolutely loved this book. I truly wish I could have had this book during any of my pregnancies. I can not say enough about it, other than it is a rare find. I highly recommend this book for everyone.
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If you want to visit Angie at her website click HERE.
*** I received the book Redeeming Childbirth and it’s companion workbook from the author. I was asked for a fair and honest review***