Pregnancy and childbirth are not to be feared; they are divinely appointed processes that can be joyful, spiritual, and bring families closer to God. The Gift of Giving Life: Rediscovering the Divine Nature of Pregnancy and Birth offers something that no other pregnancy book has before–a spiritual look at pregnancy and birth by and for LDS women and other women of faith. Through moving stories women in the scriptures, women from early Latter-day Saint history, and dozens of modern mothers, The Gift of Giving Life assures readers that God cares deeply about the entire procreative process.
The Gift of Giving Life does not advocate for any one type of birth or approach to prenatal care, rather it intends to unify our families and communities in regard to the sacredness of birth. We also aim to provide you with resources, information, and inspiration that you may not have had access to all in one place before.Topics covered include: constant nourishment, meditation, fear, pain, healing from loss, the physical and spiritual ties between the Atonement and childbirth, the role of the Relief Society in postpartum recovery and more. Birthing women, birth attendants, childbirth educators, and interested readers of all faiths are invited to rediscover within these pages the divinity and gift of giving life.
This is probably the best birth book I have ever read! I love the spiritual connections drawn. Every story and essay I found myself thinking, "Yes! THIS!!!" Many of the ideas shared were ones I had already begun to have in my own heart, and as I read along, the scripture came to mind "Out of the mouths of two or three witnesses shall my truth be established" (not sure the exact wording or reference). I felt a confirming witness from the Holy Spirit that this book contains truth. I am passionate about pregnancy and childbirth, particularly natural birth, but I love how this book really gets at the heart of the matter, regardless of the circumstances in which babies are born (vaginal vs. c-section, epidural vs. drug-free, home vs. hospital), and unites all women everywhere by focusing on the universal truth that we are daughters of Heavenly Parents with divine purpose. I LOVE the emphasis on personal responsibility and accountability to choice given to women when it comes to pregnancy and birth- we are not simpy bystanders at our births- we need to take an active role! This book is very sensitively and thoughtfully written. If you have a soft and open heart, you too will feel the Spirit confirm truth to you as you read. I just can't believe I waited so long to buy and read this book (for budget$$ reasons...). A definite must-read!
It is hard to find the earthly words to describe what this book means to me. As I read I felt the spirit strongly bear witness of the truths contained therein. I also felt something deep within my soul stir- a part of me that is much older than my earthly body. It truly did help me discover my divine nature as a daughter of God. I will forever view the life-giving powers God has given us in a new light. I only wish I had read it before we started our family, but I did thoroughly enjoy reading it while pregnant with my fifth child. A must-read for all women!
There are so many birth preparation resources and books out there that focus on the physical aspects but it is less common to find a book about the spiritual preparation for birth...which is just as or more important! This was my go to book during my pregnancy when I just needed to get off my feet and relax. I am so grateful for the insights and perspective I gained from it. Birth is beautiful!
When it comes to "likening the scriptures unto ourselves" this book does it best for the childbearing stage of life! I love this book! It is full of tender,miraculous, exciting, and intriguing birth stories and well researched essays that speak truth and light about pregnancy and birth. It is the perfect book for anyone preparing for motherhood or interested in birth. While a mom at any stage would benefit from reading this, I am a birth savvy mother of 9 and read it throughout my last pregnancy. It was just what I needed and even though I have read many awesome books on birth, I learned some new things and gained some really awesome insights. I also felt a lot of comfort throughout the book that I really needed. I could feel the spirit testify to me of truths I once learned and ones I was just being introduced to! I have many favorite parts that are now dog-eared throughout the book, and quotes waiting to make it to my wall! I love that it touches on the 4th trimester - postpartum. That is a topic that I feel is often wrongly ignored. They have some good research and personal insights on the postpartum stage that I enjoyed reading.
The pictures are all very family friendly. This book is tactful, respectful, and as spiritual as birth books get!
When I read this book, the most impressive aspect I thought was that it was written by LDS women and written for LDS women. All too often birthing books view giving birth as a technical approach and not as a spiritual journey with unique aspects that occur with each woman. I loved that it presented a divine nature of woman as creators of life.
Everyone should read this unique book!
I read this entire book in the two months prior to giving birth to my first child. I am an incredibly anxious person and as we went through the scare of possible pre-term birth, and then the preparations for a natural birth, I was able to find peace through reading these stories. It helped me to move forward with faith rather than fear. It also helped me to focus on the sacredness and beauty of what I was about to experience rather than dwelling on the discomfort. I have already loaned it out once, purchased a copy as a gift for another friend, and will recommend this book to many women for years to come.
I read this book before I was even married, and the peace that I felt as I read was incredible. I love the authors, and their willingness to share personal stories, and to sacrifice so much to give women all of this wonderful information. Having a book like this on topics that seem to be taboo not only in general society, but in Latter-day Saint culture is a true blessing - so very inspiring. Every single woman, wife, and mother should read this book. I was so happy to see it on Deseret Book shelves in Utah County! It is one that I will be reading more than twice, and it is definitely worth the price.
I read this book just before giving birth to my fifth child. It reaffirmed the Sacredness that pregnancy and birth has. I was also pleasantly surprised and humbled at how much more there was to this book. I read it from cover to cover in a short period of time and learned so much, not only about birth, but marriage, motherhood, being close to our Heavenly Father and more. It is amazing and I continue to share it with Mothers-to-be, whether it's their first birth or their 10th. I do wish I had had this book before I became a Mother because like most women in our culture, even in the LDS church, I was very nervous and scared of birth. I knew it had value and a purpose and I've discoverd that on my journey as a Mother. Thank you for expanding on how so many of us feel and adding more than I could have imagined!!!!!!!!