Mindful Motherhood: Practical Tools for Staying Sane During Pregnancy and Your Child's First Year

Mindful Motherhood: Practical Tools for Staying Sane During Pregnancy and Your Child's First Year : Practical Tools for Staying Sane During Pregnancy and Your Child's First Year

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From hormones to stretch marks, labor pains to diaper changes, motherhood is an adventure like none other. The rapid changes in your body, your lifestyle, and your very identity call for a certain mental and emotional agility. Mindfulness can help you meet the challenge and approach every experience with your new baby with open eyes and an open heart. Based on research conducted at California Pacific Medical Center, and with a foreword by beloved meditation teacher Sylvia Boorstein, Mindful Motherhood: Practical Tools for Staying Sane During Pregnancy and Your Child's First Year (New Harbinger/Noetic Books, May 2009, $16.95) by psychologist and mom Cassandra Vieten, has been acclaimed by women's health experts, mindfulness teachers, and psychologists alike.

Mindful Motherhood provides pregnant women and new moms with a brief, low-cost, easy to implement set of tools to deal with stress, difficult moments, depressed or anxious moods, and negative thought patterns during pregnancy and early motherhood. Based on the principles of mindfulness, this book also provides information, exercises, and ideas to enhance the positive emotions that are part of the experience of motherhood and improve the quality of mother-infant interactions, bringing more attention and awareness to the deep joy and satisfaction that motherhood can bring.

Mindful Motherhood provides pregnant women and early moms with:

1) accessible information based on science and sound clinical theory,
2) practical tools for practicing mindfulness in everyday life,
3) stories and examples to inspire interest and clarify points, and
4) experiential exercises that will help readers integrate the information
and experiences they have.

Mindful Motherhood also offers current insights into the positive psychology of motherhood and mother-infant attachment, translating science and theory into jargon-free language and immediately applicable tools. This book is aimed specifically toward pregnant women and mothers with infants, who would like to deal more effectively with stress and mood during pregnancy and postpartum, who are interested in being the best parent they can be, and who want to cultivate a deeper connection to themselves and their children.

The goal is to help women become the kind of present, authentic, connected, emotionally competent, psychologically-balanced, and loving mothers they want to be not to mention enjoying the extraordinary experience of motherhood to its fullest extent.

Why it is Important

A large body of evidence in both animal and human studies indicates that stress and mood disturbance experienced during pregnancy increases the risk for preterm birth, low birth weight, and other pregnancy-related complications, and may adversely affect the developing fetus. Postnatal mood disturbance can interfere with attachment, healthy parenting behaviors, and child development. While a wealth of evidence supports all these facts, surprisingly little information is available to women and clinicians for reducing stress and improving mood in pregnancy and postpartum.

Mindful Motherhood is the only book oriented toward teaching research-based mindfulness principles to reduce stress and improve mood in pregnant women and new moms. It is an easy but informative read that gives new moms the psychology, science and health facts behind how mindfulness can enhance mother-infant attachment, and be used in childbirth.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 200 pages
  • 154 x 202 x 12mm | 254g
  • Oakland, CA, United States
  • English
  • black & white line drawings
  • 1572246294
  • 9781572246294
  • 62,570

Review quote

"Vieten writes with love and tenderness about the mindful mother and the importance of staying in the present. Regardless of the age of your child, you will never go wrong by acting as a teacher of love and patience."
--Jerry Jampolsky, MD, coauthor of A Mini Course for Life "In Mindful Motherhood, you'll experience the wisdom of a mother, clinician, and researcher who outlines the accessible, practical steps to take to turn challenge into triumph during pregnancy and the parenting of young children. Read this book, give it as a baby shower present, carry it with you into the pediatrician's office--but most of all, take it in and savor its secrets for a richer life for yourself and your child."
--Daniel J. Siegel, MD, author of Parenting from the Inside Out and The Mindful Brain "With wisdom, depth, and humility, Mindful Motherhood guides us through the miraculous and challenging path of becoming a mother. It weaves together scholarship, personal experience, and practical tools, helping us become the most loving, present and joyful parents we can be. As a scholar and mother, I found this book immensely valuable."
--Shauna Shapiro, coauthor, with Linda Carlson, of The Art and Science of Mindfulness "Mindfulness, when extended from mother to child, weaves a blanket of grounded attunement sufficient for two. Cassandra Vieten's down-to-earth suggestions will help all newly enlarged families navigate this wonderful, but often disruptive milestone."
--Zindel V. Segal, Ph.D., C.Psych., Morgan Firestone Chair in Psychotherapy at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, ON, Canada "This is a welcome and needed book. These practical meditations for women may be a great help with prenatal and postnatal challenges. These essential psychological practices come from a woman who has earned the right to teach a classical path of human development through motherhood."
--Robert Bruce Newman, author of Calm Birth and Calm Healing "This is a beautiful book--deeply moving, intensely practical, and filled with wisdom."
--Ruth A. Baer, Ph.D., professor of psychology at University of Kentucky "The connection between mother and baby is one of the most spiritual relationships we have."
--Baba Ram Dass, also known as Richard Alpert, author of Remember, Be Here Now "This book will inspire, guide, and reassure mothers in pregnancy and after childbirth. Nothing could be more important to our families, our children, and the future of the world. Dads will benefit, also."
--Paul Ekman, Ph.D., coauthor, with the Dalai Lama, of Emotional Awareness "Wise, soothing, and helpful--this is really good stuff for new mothers."
--Jack Kornfield, author of The Wise Heart "Mindful Motherhood contains what so many other parenting books omit: the consoling information that each mother has the ability to know, deep within, how to care for her child. Mindful Motherhood is a gem."
--Christiane Northrup, MD, author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom
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About Cassandra Vieten

Cassandra Vieten, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist, director of research at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, codirector of the Mind Body Medicine Research Group at California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute in San Francisco, CA, and copresident of the Institute for Spirituality and Psychology. Her research has focused on mindfulness-based approaches to cultivating emotional balance, the involvement of biology, psychology, and emotion in addiction and recovery, the role of compassionate intent and belief in healing, and the factors, experiences, and practices involved in psychospiritual transformation. She has published several academic articles and chapters, has conducted numerous presentations at international scientific conferences, and is coauthor of Living Deeply.

Sylvia Boorstein is a founding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center and a psychotherapist, wife, mother, and grandmother who is particularly interested in seeing daily life as practice. She is the author of several books including/; It's Easier Than You Think: The Buddhist Way to Happiness; Don't Just Do Something, Sit There: A Mindfulness Retreat; That's Funny, You Don't Look Buddhist: On Being a Faithful Jew and a Passionate Buddhist; Pay Attention for Goodness' Sake: The Buddhist Path of Kindness; and Happiness Is an Inside Job.
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