(Closed) Books on Childbirth?

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

I read “Natural Childbirth – The Bradley Way” when pregnant with DS and REALLY enjoyed it. It helped me with relaxing all of my muscles while in contractions so that my uterus could do the work needed and I not tense up taking “away” energy from my uterus so to speak. It also goes through techniques/positions of pushing and such. =)

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper

@mommytobee: I read “Your Best Birth” by Ricki Lake. There’s a lot of anti-hospital propaganda in the book, but it does have some awesome information and stories about natural childbirth. Also, you might check out “Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth” by Ina May Gaskin. She’s probably the most well-known midwife in the States and is an expert on natural birth.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin was the most informative birthing book I read.  It has a lot of natural laboring techniques (everything from ritual to pictures of positions to massage to vocalizations, etc…) but also has information on drug choices and interventions, in case either of those possiblities happen for you. 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2007

I second the recs for Ina May and Penny Simkin.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2007

Also, if your husband is going to be your primary/only support person, I’d really really really encourage him to do all this reading too. Labor is intense, and I think even if you’ve done all the reading and planning, it’s hard to remember all the options and to be able to step back from the pain enough to say “hey, this position is no longer that comfortable, maybe I should try X.” It’s a lot easier when someone is there with you who has thought through some of the things that might help and can suggest coping mechanisms or help implement them.

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