I just got a copy of "Spiritual Midwifery" by Ina May Gaskin. I read her book "Ina May's guide to childbirth" last time around and really liked it, and was really looking forward to reading Spiritual Midwifery since I'd heard so much good things about it. But, I've just not connected at all with the "spiritual" stuff in in. Like, at all! I'm not really sure why, maybe I am just not in that head space yet or something, or maybe the third time around I'm more in a "get this job done!" mode.
The last two times, I also read "Natural childbirth the Bradley way" and really liked it. I will read it again sometime soon.
So, talking about birthing books, is anyone else annoyed that some of the natural birthing books have old stories/pictures - like, hippies from the 70s???
Not that I have anything against hippies in the 70s, I just don't connect as well to the stories. I feel like when these books were published, the stories and pictures were intentionally chosen to show people who were like their reader group to say "look, your peers are doing this, its natural, its normal" I feel like I am having to relate to hippies in the 70s, and it doesn't work as well for me. Funny, I read all these birth stories with my first and second pregnancies, and it didn't have this effect on me. I still will read all the stories - I think there is a timelessness to the power and wisdom in birth, and people don't change that much, and will gain a lot from them. I just wish that Ina would update with some stories of people who "look like me"! :)