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post #1 of 9
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Hello natural mamas and mamas to be. I'm a first timer, and I'm wondering what books you all recommend. I have a midwife and plan on birthing in a birth center, if possible. 

 

I've been told to stay away from What to Expect When You Are Expecting because it can be anxiety provoking, but I don't know what is good.

 

I'm looking for something practical, informative, gentle, and positive.

 

Thanks in advance!flowerkitty.gif

post #2 of 9

Do you mean books about pregnancy or about labor and delivery?

 

Here are a few that I loved the first time I was pg:

 

Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May Gaskin

 

Birthing From Within

 

The Natural Pregnancy Book: Herbs, Nutrition, and Other Holistic Choices by Aviva Jill Romm M.D. and Ina May Gaski

 

 

 

And this was the best BFing book I read! 

Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers by Nancy Mohrbacher and Kathleen Kendall-tackett

post #3 of 9

Think I'm going to check out that breastfeeding book.  I really had a rough time BFing last time and I really want to go longer than 7 months before drying up.  Thanks!

post #4 of 9

Along with Ina May's books (which are an amazing read), I loved Penny Simkin's The Birth Partner.  It's targeted more at, you guessed it, birth partners, but it has a lot of concrete info on coping techniques and stuff that I found really helpful for myself.

post #5 of 9
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Thanks for the tips, all! 
 

kismetbaby, I'm interested in both, but right now I'm more focused on pregnancy.

 

post #6 of 9

My fave birth book of all time (and I've read a lot of them!) is Gentle Birth Choices by Barbara Harper.  love.gif

post #7 of 9

Immaculate Deception by Suzanne Arms. Its a classic. :)  And whats the one by Fredrick Leboyer......Gentle birthing and prep for it.....its a beautiful read....

post #8 of 9

 I don't think there are enough books geared towards pregnancy, lots of great birth books but not enough of the other kind.

 

I agree about anything by Ina May Gaskin, Michel Odent and Penny Simkin.

post #9 of 9

I love Well Adjusted Babies by Dr. Jennifer Barham Floreani. It's packed full of information from conception to early childhood.  Nutritional recommendations, birth plans, ultrasound information, vaccines etc. I read it twice before we were even expecting!

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