I thought it would be fun to have a thread where we can talk books....and not just birth and baby books!
As I mentioned on the chat thread I am reading Childbirth Without Fear by Grantley Dick-Read. I am reading the 2005 ed which is a reprint of the final edition edited by the author himself. There are other editions that have been heavily edited by others since his death.
I am enjoying the book, though I admit I have skipped a few pages here and there. And there are certainly some old-fashioned sentiments that would make modern-day women cringe. Nevertheless, there is a lot of good stuff in there.
From what I can tell his main point is that much of the pain of labor is caused by the unnecessary fear and tension that many women bring into labor -- or gets transmitted to them during labor by whoever is in the room during labor. (Michel Odent wrote the forward on this edition, and he is the French doc whose had the recent article (and book) suggesting that husbands do not belong in the labor room).
Most interesting thus far: Fear, tension and anxiety automatically trigger the circular uterine muscles that close the cervix. If this occurs during labor, when the long uterine muscles are automatically contracting, the conflicting action of these muscles create pain and slow down the process of labor.
I am about a third-way through the book.
So what are y'all reading right now?