Anybody reading any good books for labor and delivery or anything else relating to babies? I am reading Ina May's Guide to Childbirth and I am loving it. I would love other suggestions. Thanks!
What books are you reading?
My cousin gave us the new edition of The Baby Book by Dr. Sears because we had given away our old one when our son was no longer a baby. I'm not reading it cover to cover, just some sections. Some good stuff has been added. I especially appreciate the 2+ pages on newborn jaundice which clearly explain everything I wish I had known before my son was born.
I really like Active Birth by Janet Balaskas.
I finished Ina May's Guide to Childbirth. Loved the whole book but I think the most important part of the book was a section on positive birth stories. I started a new book Natural Hospital Birth and so far I like it and I think it will be helpful to me since I will be having a water birth in a hospital and even though my doctor is known for natural birth he is still a doctor and might jump quicker to c-section. Some other books that were recommended to me from friends are Birthing from Within by Pam England CNM, MA & Rob Horowitz PhD, The Birth Partner: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions by Penny Simkin, P.T., and HypnoBirthing: The Mongan Method by Marie F. Mongan, M.Ed., M.Hy.
Thanks for the recommendations on the Dr. Sears books. I will have to look into them.
I am not reading anything baby related, really. I did just get Cure Tooth Decay about healing teeth with nutrition, and it's somewhat related because I'm trying to keep my teeth and babies from being deficient in anything :)
It's not really so much about birth but I like the book Diaper Free by Ingrid Bauer for learning about EC once baby is born :)
I have been having "information overload" as I bought some books and was given a ton by friends and family. I am now trying to decide which ones to read because baby is due in May and don't know if I'll be able to get through them all by then! I was focusing on pregnancy books first ("The Pregnancy Bible" and "What to Expect"), but didn't find them too useful and started getting anxious about wanting to know more about childbirth and when the baby actually arrives (this is my first)! I am currently reading "Ina May's Guide to Childbirth" and "The Secret Life of the Unborn Child" (skimming this one). I have on my reading list:
"The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth"
"An Easier Childbirth"
"Natural Hospital Birth"
"Mothering the Mother"
"The Vaccine Book"
"The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding"
"The Happiest Baby on the Block"
"The Attachment Parenting Book"
I would GREATLY appreciate any books that you think are not necessary to read. There is likely a lot of overlap with the childbirth books listed, but I want to be as informed as possible because we are having our baby at Kaiser, but of course want to do so as naturally as possible.
The Vaccine Book could be helpful if you feel really on the fence about vaccines. If you are pretty sure what you want to do with vaccines, set it aside.
Natural Hospital Birth sounds like it would be a really good choice for your situation, but I have not read that one myself.