books, videos, and podcasts Discover birthing from within

The Birthing From Within programs all have their roots in the original book written by Pam England in 1998. Pam's philosophy and approach to childbirth preparation and support has inspired more books written by Pam England and other Birthing From Within authors that document her dynamic and ever-expanding perspective.

Here is a holistic approach to childbirth that examines this profound rite-of-passage not as a medical event but as an act of self-discovery. Exercises and activities such as journal writing, meditation, and painting will help parents analyze their thoughts and face their fears during pregnancy.

Pregnancy, birth, and postpartum is a process of continuous learning and adjustment; Birthing From Within provides the necessary support and education to make each phase of birthing a rewarding experience.

The integrative model of childbirth described in this book will provide expectant parents with the information needed to prepare for birth, how to think and feel about labor, and how to tell their story. During their childbearing years, birthing people traverse two paths at once: an inner path of psychological and spiritual awareness and an outer path of practical approaches to birth in modern culture.

The underlying message throughout is not to strive for a perfect birth but to be mindful of the mythic journey and of all the parents 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 timeless and powerful symbol of the labyrinth forms the core of this collection of 12 simple meditations and ceremonies designed to transform the experience of childbirth.

This handbook presents a variety of labyrinths, including four childbirth-related labyrinths from the Hopi and Papago cultures in the American Southwest and two others from India. Instructions for drawing a classic labyrinth, ideas for personalizing the design, and labyrinth "seeds"—start-up patterns for six variations of labyrinths—are also included.

Regardless of where or how you’re hoping to give birth, this book will take you beyond the external noise, advice, stories, and dogma around childbirth to holistically prepare your mind, body, and heart to be initiated through birth. Within the pages of this journal you will build a pain coping mindset, identify limiting beliefs, cultivate self-love, connect with your partner and community, engage in ritual and ceremony, find your voice, foster resilience, develop psychological flexibility, gain clarity on your internal and external resources, and access inner wisdom to prepare for birth as a rite of passage.

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“Pam England offers numerous original, creative, and enjoyable ways for birthing women and their partners to become more aware of their strengths and needs for birth and afterwards. Her wisdom, experience, and love for child-birthing women permeate this book.”

- Penny Simkin, PT, author The Birth Partner and Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn

LABYRINTH OF BIRTH

"Offers warmth and wisdom, as well as deep compassion, and invites us into the awe-inspiring emotional and spiritual terrain that lies at the heart of childbearing."

Sarah Buckley, author, Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering

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"Birthing From Within is an unusually thoughtful and caring book.”

- Marshall Klaus MD and Phyllis Klaus, MFCC, authors of Bonding, Mothering the Mother, and The Amazing Newborn

HEART CENTERED PREGNANCY JOURNAL

"Here is the education that is truly needed, both for individual parents to birth with a sense of meaning, connection and integration, and to begin to heal birth in our culture at large.”

- Maeve Sundstrom, LM, CPM, CCE(BFW)

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"Birthing From Within should be read by every pregnant woman in the U.S….This book will help women tap their resources so that their birthing will be life enhancing and empowering.”

- Marsden Wagner, MD former director of Women’s and Children’s Health for the World Health Organization.

LABYRINTH OF BIRTH

"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.”

- Christiane Northrup, author, Goddesses Never Age

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"This book is a brilliant jewel! Every time I open Birthing From Within, I get a new and exciting idea on how to approach my clients’ needs and how to help them discover the strength they have in themselves…"

- Connie Banack, author The International Doula

LABYRINTH OF BIRTH

"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, Coyote Medicine

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"Pam England has crafted a mystical yet practical look at pregnancy, birth, and mothering . . . Its soothing guidance, enchanting stories, and creative exercises pave the ideal first steps along the parenting journey."

- Amity Hook-Sopko, Executive Editor, Green Child Magazine

Podcasts + Interviews

Birthing From Within has been featured and discussed on a variety of podcasts. Listening to these is a great way to learn about our philosophy and get to know us!  Interested in an interview with someone on our team?   Use the button below to reach out!

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Processing Your Birth Story

An interview with Nikki Shaheed by Yoga|Birth|Babies

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Giving Birth as a Hero's Journey

An interview with Pam England by PBB Media

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An Ancient Map for Modern Childbirth

An interview by the Yoga | Birth | Babies podcast

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Healing Birth Story Trauma

An interview by the Birthful podcast

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The Birthing From Within Perspective

An interview with Mentor Koyuki Smith by Wild Womb

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Birthing From Within by Jamie Mossay

An interview by the LezBeMommies radio

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WTF is Mindful Birth? by Rebecca Peterson.

An interview by the Femtastic podcast

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The Positive Sharing of Birth Stories

An interview with Pam England by PBB Media