Made For This: The Catholic Mom's Guide to Birth

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  • Based on Pope St. John Paul II's Theology of the Body 
  • The mystery and marvel of childbirth 
  • Insightful book for women
  • How to approach this time as a sacred gift, not a clinical experience
  • Beautiful preparation for expectant moms and all mothers

Millions of women have felt the power of birth, and countless women long for it. But for too many, birth can seem like a purely clinical experience — something to get through as quickly as possible in order to get on with the joys of being a mother.

In Made for This, author Mary Haseltine draws on Pope St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body to show that birth is an essential part of who God created women to be, body and soul.

With real-life stories from many moms and practical tips — including preparing for birth, making informed choices, helping fathers embrace their role in the birth room, and encountering the work of labor — this book is an indispensable guide for navigating the physical and spiritual dimensions of pregnancy and birth. Expectant mothers will find the tools they need to approach birth as a gift, and to invite God into the experience.

About the Author

Mary Haseltine is a theology graduate and a certified birth doula and childbirth educator. With a passion for building a culture of life through the teachings of the Theology of the Body, she works to bring an awareness and practice of the teachings of the Church into the realm of childbirth, mothering, and pregnancy loss. She lives in Western New York with her husband and five sons. You can find more of her writing at

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  • Author: Mary Haseltine
  • Pages: 320
  • Format: Paperback
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