by Lani

Segullah and Gift Babies

June 19, 2012 in Book, Book reviews, Gratitude, Lani, Slideshow, Virtual Book Tour by Lani

We want to give a big thank you to all the participants of our Virtual Book Tour. It has been so rewarding to get such positive preliminary feedback about the book. In case you missed it, our final book tour post was a lovely book review from Jen at Segullah. Here’s an excerpt:

The stories are written by women who gave births in hospitals and homes, with and without drugs, vaginally or by C-section, exactly as they had planned or under wildly unpredictable circumstances. Their experiences are vastly different from one another, yet the common thread throughout is the faith that sustained each new mother. Prayers were offered and answered. Priesthood blessings were asked for and received. The Holy Ghost provided direction, strength, comfort, and healing, and angels were in attendance as tiny new lives were brought into the world.

Read the rest of Jen’s wonderful review HERE.

A week from today we are hosting a Book Launch Party at 6:00 in downtown Salt Lake City. If you’re planning to attend, it would be wonderful if you could visit the facebook event page and RSVP so we can get an idea of how many people to expect and how much food to provide. Please share the event with anyone you think might be interested. We hope to see you there!

As a treat for our Book Launch Party, I’m putting together a slideshow. We’d love to include some photos of your “gift babies”–children you have birthed under the influence of The Gift of Giving Life (the actual book, the blog, or both). They can be either photos of your baby alone or being held by you (or others). We’d also love to include quotes and testimonials from readers about how The Gift of Giving Life has positively impacted their lives.

If you want to participate, please send your photos and/or testimonials to me at laniaxman at gmail dot com with “TGOGL slideshow” as the subject. Can’t wait to see those sweet babies and wonderful words.

My own "gift baby" (photo courtesy of Fife Photography)


Upcoming Events

June 16, 2012 in Book, Slideshow by enjoybirth

 3 Book Signings on April 6th – Ladies Night Out!

  • Heather will be at: Fort Union Deseret Book Store

(1110 E Fort Union Blvd, Midvale, UT)

  • Robyn will be at: Ammon, Idaho Deseret Book Store


  • Sheridan will be at: Orange County Deseret Book Store


Gift of Giving Life Party

Friday, March 29th @ 7PM
Arrivals Birth Center
(1190 E 5425 S Suite 330, Ogden, UT)

Our book has been born. It is beautiful. Buy Here.

September 11, 2011 in Slideshow by enjoybirth

Available online and in stores.


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One Sentence Summary: A spiritual look at pregnancy and birth through inspiring birth stories and essays from dozens of real LDS women, scriptures, words of the prophets and other spiritual texts, The Gift of Giving Life if the essential pregnancy companion for every LDS woman.

“… imparting the beauty and joy, and the faith and trust, that is inherent in becoming a mother.”

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Praise for The Gift of Giving Life

More relevant than ALL other pregnancy/birth books

“I am so glad this book was written. I have read lots and lots and LOTS of pregnancy/birth/early parenting books, but I have never read a book as pertinent to me as this one. I bought 4 copies; one for my doula buddy, and the other 2 for my pregnant sisters. I can’t wait to give them away! THANK YOU ladies for all that you put into this work. Your time and hard work are evident, and The Gift of Giving Life will have a prominent place on my bookshelf and in my soul. Also, my husband is annoyed because reading it makes me want another baby. :)”  – Amber


Most Amazing Book I have Ever Read

“I preordered a book and it showed up late last week… I have NOT been able to put it down. I’m only half way through, but it’s already one of the most amazing books I’ve ever read. It has touched my heart and spirit in amazing ways. It has helped me to see the recent birth of my daughter in a much more spiritual manner. I already ordered another copy for a friend who just found out she is expecting with her first… I just want to buy a copy for everyone! Thank you so much all the sacrifice and love that went into creating this book.”   – Michelle


Fulfilling as childbirth worker and mother

“Got my book yesterday, I cannot tell you how fulfilling as a doula, childbirth advocate and LDS mother this book has been so far. I can’t begin to thank you all”   – Natalie


Not just for pregnant women!

“I just talked to my Dad’s wife (my new step-mom) who is reading the book and she said that it is not just for pregnant women it is for all women. She is done having babies but said it makes her feel so amazing for being a woman.”  – Felice


Life Changing Book

Here is a bit from an early review from Jocelyn on her blog We Talk of Christ, We Rejoice in Christ.  Definitely go read the whole thing.  But I loved these parts.

I’ll admit that when I heard about this book on my friend Heather’s blog, I wondered if it was going to be very granola…and TMI.  I wondered if it was going to push certain ways to be a Mother.  I wasn’t sure I’d fit into their recommended “way”.
But from the taste that I received yesterday, I realized that this is going to be the adventure of a lifetime (times 22 women’s lifetimes)…as that is what giving the gift of life to another person is:  the adventure of a lifetime.
Although I’ve only just begun the journey through this book, I am able to say with confidence that this book is one of those life-changing books that “found me.”
This is my book of the year!  It is more than a book on Motherhood or giving birth.  It is a book about placing your hand squarely in the Lord’s and saying, “Here am I, send me!”
This is just the beginning!  Join us for our Virtual Book Tour to find out what others will be saying about our book.  It is such a joy to know that all our hard work will be blessing others, which is what our biggest desire was!

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September 11, 2011 in Slideshow by enjoybirth

We have quite a few excerpts from the book available to read here.  This will give you a taste of what the book will be like.

Excerpt 1: Creating a Sacred Cesarean

In America over 30% of birthing moms will end up with a cesarean.  This section of the book was written to help moms create a sacred cesarean.   We decided to include almost the complete section (minus the birth stories), rather than an excerpt, in hopes that any mom in this situation can hopefully have a more positive birth.

Excerpt 2:  We Are Each Eve

We are all daughters of Eve.  How are modern women like her today?  Click here to read the excerpt.



September 10, 2011 in Slideshow by enjoybirth

We created this book as inspiration to help families have more spiritual births.

We referenced quite a few outside resources throughout the book and here is where you can find the different links from some of the chapters.  (More resources coming soon.)  Just click on the link below to go to the resource page for that chapter.

If you don’t see something you’d like on this page, send us an email and we’ll try to get resources for you.

  • Our free gift to you!
  • We Are Each Eve
  • Heavenly Mother
  • Our LDS Legacy
  • Our Mother’s Our Daughters
Chapter 2 Resources – The Importance of Birth
  • Counsel with the Lord
  • The Cesarean Choice
  • Choice and Accountability
  • Birth Plans
  • Mother-Centered Baby Showers
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Creating a Sacred Cesarean
  • Meditation
  • The Spirit-Mind-Body Connection
  • Constant Nourishment
  • Faith
  • Power, Love and Sound Mind
Chapter 9 Resources – Pain
  • Healing from Loss
  • Healing from Traumatic Birth
  • Strengthening Marriage During Pregnancy and Beyond
  • Line Upon Line
  • Babywearing
  • Breastfeeding
  • Diapering options