Originally Posted by Beauchamp
Ina May's Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin (lots of HB stories plus other very good info)
for more of a "fun" read, i.e. not so sure a DH would enjoy this...Baby Catcher by Peggy Vincent (this is a memoir, i.e. more of a story, written by a HB midwife who practiced from the 1960's and on, I believe. ...so it does show some of the "evolution" of OB/GYN/midwifery care)
Also, for you and DH, watch the DVD of The Business of Being Born. That might be a good place to start.
These would be on the top of my list, too. Ina May Gaskin's Spiritual Midwifery
is also great, as someone mentioned, but I think Ina May's Guide to Childbirth
takes a more "modern" approach that you might relate to more easily at first. It's the book I'm making my DH read to prepare for labor. I've read so much from her books now that I'm afraid I have an unrealistic expectation about how easy labor can be.
If you're in to statistics and the birth environment in the US in general, Marsden Wagner's Born in the USA
is also good.
Another video to check out is Pregnant in America
. Many people like this even better than The Business of Being Born
, and although I actually prefer BOBB, I enjoyed both films quite a lot. In Pregnant in America
you explore birth in America with an expecting couple throughout their pregnancy and birth at home with a midwife, so you can relate to the process as they go through it. I like that both films don't just deal with the "ideal home birth" but also handle the issues of transferring and unexpected circumstances, without fear-mongering.
Good luck, and congratulations on considering a homebirth! Both my brother and I were born at home and my mother still raves about how wonderful it was. Even before I got pregnant, I knew that's how I wanted things to be.