(Closed) Pregnancy, Birth, & Parenting Books

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Post # 32
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@KateByDesign:  Eeeek! Agreed – super scary pic! I also lol’d at Dick Read. For real?!

 

 

Post # 33
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I”m reading Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn.

Still deciding on what I will read for some additional help with natural childbirth, most likely one of the Ina May books but have heard interesting things about Hypnobirthing.

Not sure about after birth. Maybe the Baby Whisperer

Post # 35
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park

@KateByDesign:  That book is a classic! But HOLY HELL that cover. Let’s pretend she’s having a very satisfying orgasm. Without fear. LOL.

Post # 37
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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Post # 38
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park

@KateByDesign:  I went to see if any of the reviews commented on the cover photo, and read this response to a critical reviewer:

“I know the photographer of this picture, and the story behind it. The mother wasn’t screaming in agony – in fact, as she was birthing her baby she was yelling “I love you, baby! I love you, baby!”

Still don’t think it’s a great photo to NOT instill fear, but that’s nice to know, and sweet. Also, I’ve made similar in-a-split-second faces while weight lifting (anyone see the recent Faces of Crossfit photo project?) and it wasn’t fear or agony, just effort. 

Post # 40
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’m reading Secrets of the Baby Whisperer by Tracy Hogg – its a great intro to help with expectations for when baby comes home.  I’ve got the What to Expect books but haven’t used them much.

Post # 41
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

For those of you with Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth, did you read the whole book including the birth stories?  I didn’t know if I should spend time on that section or skip ahead to Part II.

Post # 42
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

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Post # 43
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

For just good pregnancy info, I really liked the Mayo Clinic Guide to a Health Pregnancy. I was looking for something that would give me info on what to expect and what was normal without being preachy or scaring the crap out of me.

Post # 44
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park

@KateByDesign:  Don’t skip the birth stories entirely! I found them fascinating and very moving. They’re also quite encouraging (if you want to avoid a high-intervention birth and haven’t been exposed to a lot of successful home/birth center birth stories). You can read a few and come back, but they ended up being one of my favorite parts. 

Post # 45
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

So far, I have really liked “Easy Labor: Every woman’s guide to choosing less pain and more joy during childbirth.”  Ironically, it doesn’t tell you how “easy” labor is.  It gives lots of real-life stories and different options for pain management during labor.  It was my favorite because most other books seemed to be either TOO all-natural for me, or too medical.  This was a nice mix.

Post # 46
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012 - Sunset Harbour

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