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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Lessons of Labor: One Woman's Self-Discovery through Birth and Motherhood by Julia Aziz is an engaging book that offers helpful advice to every expectant and new mother. The journey undertaken by any expectant mother and the experiences of pregnancy, birth and mothering are discussed extensively, giving readers intimate comfort while adjusting to the new lessons and moments. The stories and transformative experiences shared by the author will ignite a curiosity in readers to look at their own labor as an opportunity of self-discovery. The book reiterates the truth that one's life experience is the biggest teacher and all life experiences can be viewed positively as a tool for personal growth.
The book is divided into four parts and they focus on the challenges of birthing and also about losses suffered due to miscarriage and other types of losses. It is also a gentle reminder to discover, to love, to learn, to heal, and to grow. The author's words are insightful, profound and compassionate, and the book is a catalyst for delving deeper into one's own self, reflecting, learning, and making the best use of all that is given. The tips and techniques will guide women to handle the challenges faced during parenthood.
The writing style is fluid, descriptive, honest, assertive and simple. All the advice is easy to incorporate and practice. The book is also a nice way of looking at motherhood through someone else's eyes. Apart from expectant mothers and new mothers, this book will be helpful to all birth or postpartum professionals.