(Closed) Mamas, Labor/pain management books/recommendations?

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
9139 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Hypnobirthing.  I keep hearing it over and over and over.

Post # 4
5474 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Good question- I’m commenting so I can find it later 🙂

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I always recommend The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin.  It’s by far the most comprehensive labor book I’ve read, and it really covers every possible scenario/procedure/pain management option.

Post # 6
7900 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

I can’t suggest a book or anything, but my childbirth class is proving extremely helpful in this regard. Some practical advice paired with actual opportunites for practice is for me much better than reading (though I love reading about pregnancy stuff too).

Post # 7
1486 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

For me, it was actually all of the Birth Stories that Bees post.  It was extremely helpful to hear about it directly from a voice as opposed to informationally.  Someone saying “You may experience some discomfort as the head emerges; this is called the “Ring of Fire” ” is way less helpful to me than someone saying “I knew the Ring of Fire when I felt it, it hurt like HELL, but it was over quickly.”

I couldn’t tell you who wrote that, but I called that exact sentence to mind during pushing, and by the time I got my brain through that sentence, it was over.

As far as partner support, Darling Husband didn’t take any classes or read any books, and that was probably a mistake.  So, while I have no recommendations, I can say that it’s a good idea.  I read a ton, and I knew so much, so nothing really alarmed me, but Darling Husband spent a good portion of my labor afraid, because he was uninformed.  I didn’t even know that until my daughter was about four months old.

Post # 8
931 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

One of my work colleagues recommended “Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth” for anyone going for a natural birth – I haven’t read it yet, but I thought I would share.

Post # 10
493 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@Mrs. Spring:  We’re taking her birthing class!  I’m waiting for the book to come in at the library too.  

Post # 11
5147 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I recommend Bradley classes! Definitely worth it, and helped me immensely in succeeding in having a natural drug-free birth. The class may be more expensive than a book, but it was great to have someone to answer questions and explain one-on-one rather than just reading. And it’s a HUGE confidence booster and moral support too!


Post # 12
3571 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

commenting to save the thread.

Post # 13
1621 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

The Birth Partner

The Thnking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth

The Yummy Mummy Manifesto

There are also books just of birth stories, but I can’t recall any names right now, but they’re a good idea too to give a “real life” perspective.

Post # 14
1854 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

“The Best Birth” was hands down the most helpful book I read and I recommend it to everyone.  Before reading it, I was all freaked out about labor and after reading it, I was totally zen “I can do this”.

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

@RoundtreeBee:  I had no idea there  was a class, too!  How awesome!

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

+1 on The Birth Partner, helpful for momma and your labor support person. My Darling Husband loved it!

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