Post # 1
With my due date approaching, I am thinking more and more about labor & delivery. I will be going to a hospital, with only my husband with me in the room. We are attending prenatal classes, but I feel like there’s not enough information to keep me calm about it.
I want to do whatever’s best for my baby, so ideally no meds; but if I tense up so much that it slows labor down and is not good for baby, I will do what my doctor advises.
I am looking for books that would show me, and my husband, techniques for managing the pain and keep relaxing. I am working full time and in school part time, which should be done about 3 weeks before my due date if I am diligent enough. Sooo, any book suggestion would ideally be an easy read, or at least not a very long one.
Do you bees have good suggestions for me? Also, I’m bilingual – the books can either be in English or French, doesn’t matter…
Post # 3
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
@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
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
I second the recs for Ina May and Penny Simkin.
Post # 7
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.