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post #21 of 25

My husband enjoyed Bradley's books. I enjoyed Ina May's. Also, Womanly Art of Breastfeeding. Really, anything on the llli.org website's Shop section should have a good selection; you can then check your local library system or see if your local LLL has any to lend out. 

post #22 of 25
I second "Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering" by Sarah Buckley. Great book!

Right now I am reading "The Sacred Nature of Birth" by Kara Maria Anabda and really enjoying it.

I tried to read "Birthing From Within" when I was pregnant with my son but just couldn't get into it. I plan to reread it, though, and suspect it will be more helpful now that I know more of who I am when it comes to birthing.
post #23 of 25

I read Birthing from Within during my first pregnancy.


This pregnancy I have read Aviva Romm's Natural Pregnancy book. I LOVE it. I ordered a bunch of loose leaf herbs to make the pregnancy tea she mentions with nettles, oatstraw, red raspberry, and a few others. I am excited to start drinking infusions daily and see how I feel.


I just ordered Ina May's Spiritual Midwifery. I feel more prepared second time around and I feel I am stronger. I do not fear. Ina May gave a talk on TED.com about letting go of fear in US culture. Very good to listen to.


Happy reading to everyone

post #24 of 25

I've read Birthing from Within, Bringing Up Bebe, Expecting Adam (about a mother to a child with Down Syndrome), and just started The Birth Partner, but the book I would actually recommend is "Use Your Words: A Writing Guide for Mothers" by Kate Hopper.  She is a creative writer (and awesome neighbor too!) - in this book she discusses how to write about your mothering experiences.  I actually started reading this before becoming pregnant and I found it very helpful for learning some writing techniques. Her latest book (which I have NOT read yet but has received amazing reviews) is "Ready for Air", which discusses her experience in the NICU with her first daughter.  I am not quite ready to read this book yet (as a NICU nurse, I have to find balance between what I witness at work and what I focus on in my free time), but I look forward to reading it AND making it available to other moms in the NICU.

post #25 of 25

HI! I would love to read and share. I also have beautiful babies. Though I have not cracked it open since before I became pregnant. What do you like so far ? Have you incorporated anything you have read about diet yet?


I am reading Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May currently and Bountiful, Beautiful,Blissful by Gurmukh. It is about yoga, spirituality, and connecting emotionally and physically with your pregnancy. What I like about it is that it gives exercises to do at the end of each chapter such as breathing or strengthening exercises such as deep squats that help prepare for childbirth. I am Christian and I love yoga. It feels the book is for all faiths. : ) I am also reading Aviva Romm's Natural Pregnancy Book and just made her Nourishing Tea this week. I bought enough raw herb to make a generous amount to drink everyday for the rest of my pregnancy and into post partum. I had a thyroid issue pop up about a year after my first birth, so I am very into nourishing myself through organic foods and teas this pregnancy. I ate very well in my first as well, but there is always room for improvement and growth! I love her book because it gives herbal remedies ( teas and infusions, and tinctures) for pretty much any pregnancy complaint or problem simple or complex. It gives herbal and food suggestions for lowering blood pressure, etc. which could be very helpful. She is a M.D., former midwife, and herbalist. Great combo!


Birthing from within is one of my favs. I read it while pregnant with my first child. I gave away my copy and want to get it again.


Thanks for listening. Just wanting to connect with other pregnant mamas out there! I am so happy to be pregnant with my second--also a boy! I feel so introverted and introspective lately but most of all just extremely happy and content. I am doing better at exercising daily and I can really feel a difference. I didn't do much during first tri as I felt tired and nauseas. 


Anyhoo--good night for now. Let me know if you want to discuss any of the above books!


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