Hi Homebirthing Mamas,
Long story short- we're having a homebirth in May. DH and I are mega excited about this, but the babe's future grandparents, on both sides, are mightily skeptical and judgemental. They are convinced that no hospital = insanity.
That said, my parents have opened the door a teeny tiny little crack, and have said that if I recommend a book, they will read it.
I have already tried getting them to watch documentaries, including the awesome Business of Being Born, but they refused. See, they think birth is a medical event and don't think watching nude ladies during their birthing time is "appropriate." Obviously we disagree on that point, but suffice to say, they aren't going to watch a film. Darn.
So it's got to be a book. They are both in the hard sciences- an engineer and a biologist. I want something that will really speak to them since I get but one shot at this. They used to tease me and DH for being super strict about making sure we only ate organic foods (especially animal products like dairy and meat) until they read Michael Pollan books. Now they've joined an organic food buying club and stay away from foods with additives/pesticides. Total 180! They CAN be taught!
What book would be best for this type of audience? It's got to be full of facts and figures. Arguments that are more based on birth as an emotional and spiritually empowering journey won't do much (though I myself find that argument extremely compelling).
Anyone got a title? I was thinking Pushed by Jennifer Block.