I'd love to collect this group's book and movie recommendations! What do you love? What did you not like so much?
To start, here are my recommendations and reviews:
- Do Chocolate Lovers Have Sweeter Babies?: The Surprising Science of Pregnancy -- http://www.amazon.com/Chocolate-Lovers-Have-Sweeter-Babies/dp/B0078XOL3E/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1358264079&sr=1-1&keywords=chocolate+sweeter+babies. This book is by a new mama who is a science writer. LOVED IT! She summarizes and discusses a number of scientific studies about pregnancy and babies, and relates them to her personal experiences. A really fun and interesting read.
- Ina May's Guide to Childbirth -- http://www.amazon.com/Ina-Mays-Guide-Childbirth-Gaskin/dp/0553381156/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1358264238&sr=1-1&keywords=ina+mae. Someone gave this to me 4 years ago when I was first thinking about getting pregnant. (Yeah, it took a while!) It tells birth stories from women who gave birth at "The Farm" from the 1970s through the 2000s. It is a good counter to scary-birth stories you might hear. It includes a lot of good, actionable advice that you can use, regardless of where/how you have your baby.
I notice there is another book called "Ina May's Guide to Breastfeeding" -- http://www.amazon.com/Ina-Mays-Guide-Breastfeeding-Gaskin/dp/0553384295/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1358264238&sr=1-2&keywords=ina+mae. Has anyone read this one and is it helpful?
- Shiva Rea Prenatal Yoga DVD -- http://www.amazon.com/Prenatal-Yoga-Shiva-Rea/dp/B0000BYNMH. I bought this -- for the price of one in-person yoga class, I think it's a good investment. It's a nice, gentle but intense, hour-long yoga class. It is customized for all three trimesters. You will need to buy a yoga block and strap if you don't have them yet.
- The Business of Being Born -- this documentary is on Netflix streaming. Most of you probably already know it. I love it! It is about home birth vs. highly medicalized hospital birth. The scene of a typical birthing unit in a hospital is harrowing -- those doctors love their pitocin!
- Labor of Love -- http://www.amazon.com/Labor-Love-Midwifes-Cara-Muhlhahn/dp/1427798214/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1358263857&sr=1-2&keywords=midwife+business+of+being+born -- This is the autobiography of Cara Muhlhan, the midwife featured in the Business of Being Born. She's NYC-based so much of the homebirth stories she tells have to do with the logistics of getting herself to the houses in different NYC boroughs and finding parking! I was pretty fascinated by the book but it's gotten very mixed reviews on Amazon. Many readers find her tone to be arrogant and self-absorbed -- but I just thought it was confident. She definitely would have benefited from a good editor.
- Call the Midwife -- This is a new British TV show set in 1950s postwar London. It is about a group of midwives serving a poor/working-class dockside neighborhood. It is so great! Very raw and moving. The Christmas special is on the PBS website right now streaming, free. I want to watch the other episodes from Season 1 and am waiting for them to arrive at my library.
- Call the Midwife (the book) -- http://www.amazon.com/Call-Midwife-Memoir-Birth-Times/dp/0143123254/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1358263767&sr=1-1&keywords=Jennifer+Worth -- This book is the memoir written by the midwife which inspired the show. If you really love the show and like historical memoirs, I recommend this too!
- Spirit-Led Parenting -- http://www.amazon.com/Spirit-Led-Parenting-Freedom-Babys-First/dp/0615619207. I thought I would love this book because it's co-written by one of my favorite bloggers, Megan Tietz of Sorta Crunchy (http://www.sortacrunchy.net/). However, I didn't get much out of it. I'll try reading it again after the baby is born. It is written from the perspective of two Christian moms whose social circles were really into these rigid protocols of making your baby sleep and feed on a schedule (and sleep through the night). Apparently this belief system is related to an overall ethic of raising your kids to have morals and discipline. The authors had to go through the process of mindfully rejecting that belief system in favor of attachment parenting. Since I don't run in those circles of rigid parenting models to begin with, I couldn't really relate to the book.
I am lucky that our county library system is great. They have lots of books and are willing to buy most everything I have requested.