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AJ Romm Healing Arts Press, One Park Street, Rochester, Vermont, 05767, USA; 2002. Soft Cover, 260 pages, CAN $24.95 ISBN 978-089281930-0.
In Natural Health After Birth, Romm, a midwife and herbalist, gives a holistic perspective of the challenges and changes that occur postpartum. The format is written in simple terms over 8 chapters and is laid out in a chronological order, making it easy to follow for the “layperson.”
This text gives an open and honest perspective on physical, emotional and spiritual wellness after birth. Unfortunately, I find that it lacks good exercise prescription for this new phase of life. Romm initially suggests pelvic floor exercises and side lying and alternating leg lifts. Later she recommends abdominal re-activation, walking and gentle stretching. Finally, she relates advice on posture and provides photographs and instructions for relaxing yoga poses, abdominal exercises, leg stretches and pelvic tilts and lifts. These sections lack the necessary “back-safe” approach that has been shown to assist in rehabilitating core stability and endurance. Also, the author provided very few references for these areas.
I recommend this book as a useful and complementary guide that clinicians can recommend to new mothers on the many topics that relate to the postpartum stage. However, I suggest they seek postpartum exercise instruction from an additional source.