The Gift of Giving Life is an LDS perspective of birth. But more than that, it is a book for women. No matter what your religious beliefs are, your birth practices are, or what stage of motherhood you are in, this book is written for you.
Women are encouraged to delve further into their immortal, and mortal, lineage. A powerful source of encouragement and strength, women are also encouraged to apply it to their pregnancy, birthing, and parenting.
There are stories, stories of other women, their birthing times, their short comings, their plans, and their journeys. Theirs are stories of hope and determination, acceptance and love.
And, my favorite part, there is a wealth of information, tangible practices and research, to help women learn about their options for pregnancy, birth, and parenting, and how to navigate these options with eyes open and intentional pursuit.
As I read through "Patience", a friend came to mind, one who was waiting to become pregnant. And then a client was brought to mind, she was 'overdue' and waiting for her little one's birthing day.
As I read through "Preparation", my heart was called to another woman whom I knew was struggling with choices within her circumstances, her planned place of birth, and her own beliefs.
"Fear", "Faith", "Pain", "The Fourth Trimester", each and every section brought more women to mind, women who could use the truth and collective wealth of wisdom and experience within the covers of this book.
This book is for all women; women of faith, whether it is faith in her body, her God, or her experience. I am excited to have "The Gift of Giving Life" on my shelf - as it truly is a gift, a gift to be connected with the Divine and the Eternal. And my hope is that others will come to this truth as well!
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