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What books or courses would you recommend for preparing for this ride and the ultimate birth?

post #1 of 14
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I used the Hypnobabies Home Study course with my first and I have to say it was great.   I would almost say my first labor was pain free.  It was until the pushing phase, for sure...and the pushing contractions were really intense...but I didn't register any pain...I just kind of disconnected for the time of the contractions. I didn't actually use any of the scripts or actively use any of the techniques for the first birth, so I'd hoped the knowledge was still there for the second...but nope, I really needed to do the practice.  With my second I didn't prioritize it and I really wish I had.  I felt much less connected to my second daughter throughout the pregnancy and birth and the birth was MUCH more painful.  So I'm starting early this time!

 

I also read a lot of books with my first and just didn't have much time for that with my second.  I loved Ina May's books.  They were the best for building my confidence in my body and my birth.  I read a lot of other books that were good information on what I didn't want, but Ina May's books were the best positive books I read.

 

Anyone else have a course or book that they'd recommend?

post #2 of 14

I have never made it all they way through Hypnobabies. I tried during my second an third pregnancies. However, just the relaxation pratice made it possible for my 1 hr 55 min birth to be nearly pain free as well. He birth was so amazingly heavy!!!!!

 

Anyway, I'll be redoing, at least, the beginning of Hypnobaboes, re reading the stories in "Ina May's Guide to Child Birth" and I also have "Hearts and Hands". Where this is my 4th kid, I think I'm pretty well set though. 

post #3 of 14

I read Ina May's basic book for my first birth. I also read two political books: Pushed and Born in the USA, both about how screwy obstetrics has gotten. Those books made me question a lot of obstetrical practices and gave me the confidence to trust my m/w as an expert in natural birth. In the end, my body just took over and I was in a trance the whole time. The cervix opening and final pushes hurt like hell but my whole mind was focused on "just get it done." I'm not sure how I would've made out if the labor had been longer (it was 13 hours from water breaking to baby). I'm pretty certain I'll end up in the same trance again but I might get some of Ina May's other books over the summer to get me in the mood. I also enjoyed Babycatcher, a midwife memoir. Does anyone know of any other midwife memoirs? Seems like they would be good third trimester reads...

post #4 of 14

My hands-down favorite book on birth is Ina May's Guide to Childbirth! I recommend this one to any pregnant woman, because it helped me trust my body and gave me insight that birth doesn't have to be scary or painful...and my last 2 were quite peaceful and beautiful! Hoping for the same this time. :)

Will be watching this thread for more good books! :lurk

post #5 of 14
We do the Bradley Method. In my first birth it was the only thing that got me through 33.5 hours of back labor (she was sunny side up) and in my second, I just got through it. Honestly I was breathing and trying to relax, but. 2 hours and 45 minutes from start to baby and that baby happened to be 9.5 lbs, so it was intense. Definitely will be doing Bradley again with this baby.
post #6 of 14

i LOVED Michael Odent's books- i can't remember the names right now (3 births ago?  maybe 4???)

and Birthing from Within.

 

i can only read birthing books in the first 2 trimesters, by the 3rd they give me anxiety!

 

nothing really prepared me though.  and each birth was so different from the previous one.... so not even having 5 kids could prepare me for this one!!!

 

my midwife teaches hypnobirthing.  i think that's a great resource.  i definitely do a self-hypnosis/meditative/prayer state for labor.  it's the only way to survive for me!!!!

post #7 of 14
Some midwife memoirs


Catching Babies: A Midwife's Tale by Sheen Byrom
Tales of a Midwife by Maria Anderson
Journal of a Student Midwife by Ellie Ryan
Midwife on Call by Agnes Light
Call the Midwife: A True Story of the East End in the 1950s by Jennifer Worth
Farewell to the East End: The Last Days of the East End Midwives by Jennifer Worth
Twelve Babies on a Bike: Diary of a Pupil Midwife by Dot May Dunn
It Shouldn't Happen to a Midwife! by Jane Yeadon
Bundles of Joy: Two Thousand Miracles. One Unstoppable Manchester Midwife by Linda Fairley
The Midwife's Here!: The Enchanting True Story of One of Britain's Longest Serving Midwives by Linda Fairley
A Midwife's Story by Penny Armstrong
Lady's Hands, Lion's Heart: A Midwife's Saga by Carol Leonard
The Blue Cotton Gown: A Midwife's Memoir by Patricia Harman
post #8 of 14

I have a wish list going...  Sacred Pregnancy Journal, Ina May's Guide to Childbirth, The Mother's Wisdom Deck, Labyrinth of Birth

 

Favorites from my first pregnancy...  Ina May's Spiritual Midwifery, Creating a Joyful Birth experience, Birthing from Within, Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year

 

Already purchased for this pregnancy...  Meditations for Pregnancy (Michelle Leclaire Oneill)

post #9 of 14

Ina May's Guide to Childbirth above all others. :D

post #10 of 14
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My hands-down favorite book on birth is Ina May's Guide to Childbirth! I recommend this one to any pregnant woman, because it helped me trust my body and gave me insight that birth doesn't have to be scary or painful...and my last 2 were quite peaceful and beautiful! Hoping for the same this time. :)

Will be watching this thread for more good books! :lurk

Yep, I need to be watching this threat too but I agree, Ina May's Guide to Childbirth is my all time favorite book!!! It aws so inspiring for me. I also read another book with birth/meditation techniques and I don't remember what it was called! I will try to find out but it was great, too.

post #11 of 14
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Some midwife memoirs


Catching Babies: A Midwife's Tale by Sheen Byrom
Tales of a Midwife by Maria Anderson
Journal of a Student Midwife by Ellie Ryan
Midwife on Call by Agnes Light
Call the Midwife: A True Story of the East End in the 1950s by Jennifer Worth
Farewell to the East End: The Last Days of the East End Midwives by Jennifer Worth
Twelve Babies on a Bike: Diary of a Pupil Midwife by Dot May Dunn
It Shouldn't Happen to a Midwife! by Jane Yeadon
Bundles of Joy: Two Thousand Miracles. One Unstoppable Manchester Midwife by Linda Fairley
The Midwife's Here!: The Enchanting True Story of One of Britain's Longest Serving Midwives by Linda Fairley
A Midwife's Story by Penny Armstrong
Lady's Hands, Lion's Heart: A Midwife's Saga by Carol Leonard
The Blue Cotton Gown: A Midwife's Memoir by Patricia Harman

Great list, SisterThyme! I'm going to order some of these!!!
post #12 of 14

I absolutely, 100%, always recommend and love re-reading Ina May's Guide to Childbirth. I also highly recommend and love Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering by Sarah J. Buckley, MD (she's had 4 homebirths herself). I also just read the midwife memoir by Peggy Vincent, called Baby Catcher and I LOVED IT. 

post #13 of 14

I teach The Bradley Method and did it with my twins, so I'll be using alot of the aspects from that and reading Ina May's Guide to Childbirth. I'll also be looking into Orgasmic birth this time around and probably take some relaxation techniques from Hyponobirthing/babies and Birthing From Within :)

We're having an unassisted birth at home and I'm really looking forward to being able to tap into the intimacy of that experience!

post #14 of 14
Terrific! I would love to UC this time, but we just moved to the middle of Wyoming and the closest hospital is 1.5 hrs away! Plus, it's kind of nice to have someone to clean up afterwards! We will have our third homebirth.
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