OK, here is a mostly complete list of resources named by members in the thread called, "Essential reading for UC" (visit it here http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=237973
). I've included the original posters' comments/reviews when included, because they're just helpful.
(posters, if I've seriously mis-posted, or labeled a book as an article or vice versa, please let me know by sending me a PM and I'll fix it. Thanks!)BOOKSUnassisted Homebirth: An Act of Love
- by Lynn GriesemerUnassisted Childbirth
- by Laura ShanleySpiritual Midwifery
, by Ina May GaskinEmergency Childbirth
, by Gregory C. WhiteWise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year
, by Susun WeedThe Power of Pleasurable Childbirth
, by Laurie MorganPrenatal Yoga & Natural Birth
, by Jeannine Parvati BakerSpecial Delivery
, Rahima Baldwin.
Basically a midwifery textbook, about half really annoying and outdated, and half very informational. I still use it as a reference for some things.Spiritual Midwifery
, Ina May Gaskin.
Don't care at all for her approach to birth, but I loved the stories. It's all I wanted to read in the last month before my first UC.Birth as an American Rite of Passage
, Robbie Davis-Floyd.
Mostly about how screwy institutionalized birth is, but a great chapter at the end -- "Birth as the Biodance" -- that talks about the importance of the existence of the wholistic extremes, including unassisted birth.The Scientification of Love
, Michel Odent MD.
Theorizing on why birth has been ritually disturbed throughout history, how this serves aggressive societies, and how it can be harmful to the individual.Magical Child
, by Joseph Chilton Pearce.
Okay, so he sometimes spirals out of control into the fringes of the weird and questionable, but some of it he is right on about, especially his ideas on the importance of acting in harmony with the natural matrix. This definitely influenced my philosophy of birth.Heart and Hands
, by Elizabeth Davis.
A midwifery text, so not directly advocating UC. Disregard the stuff about needing to manage labor and birth. But... I liked the basic information a lot. Easy to follow and organized logically.Primal Mothering in a Modern World
, by hygeia halfmoonActive Birth: the New Approach to Giving Birth Naturally
, by Janet Balaskas
As a 1st timer, it explains some stuff intellectually about birth, which helped get my mind out of the way to enjoy the intuitive side of pg, and soon birth. i'm also having dh read atleast the chapter on labor & birth since he'll be there for at least part of the process if not all. it goes into different positions and what they offer, and other things that he may enjoy knowing like tips for how to hold his body while holding me in standing squat, etc.
Henci Goer's book, Thinking Woman's Guide to Better Birth
This may be good to help make the decision to uc, and explain to others why the decision to uc seems safer. it's a little too hospital/medical for me, but i'm still wading through some of it, just in case/just out of curiosity.The Complete Guide to Postpartum Wellness
, by Aviva RommChildbirth Wisdom: From the World's Oldest Societies
, by Judith Goldsmith.
It is pretty good, and discusses "traditional" societies from around the world and how they view/treat pregnancy, birth and newborns.ESSAYS
"Unassisted Birth, Free Birth" by Jana Kutarna
Excellent essay on her philosophy of unassisted birth.
"Maia’s Birth - a family celebration", by Sarah Buckley who also wrote the Ecstatic Birth article listed above
"Birth, Sexuality, and Orgasm", by Michel Odent MD, on the hormonal process of birth, and what interferes with it
"Birth and the Origins of Violence", Michel Odent MDWEBhttp://www.birthlove.com/
Leilah McCracken's "Resexualizing Childbirth" changed all my views on birth - it even helped to convince my dh on my decision to freebirth.http://www.moondragon.org/obgyn/pre...breechhome.htmlhttp://www.breechbabies.com/contents.htmEcstatic Birth: The Hormonal Blueprint of Labor
, Sarah Buckley. The science illustrating the importance of undisturbed birth.The CBirth UC Videotape
. Nine unassisted births, really beautiful and inspiring, and oh so different from your average professional-assisted birth. You probably have to be a member of the yahoogroups elist c-birth to access this page.
Laura Shanley's website Bornfree!
has lots of good articles/essays on it written by her.OTHERPsalm & Zoya--The Unassisted Homebirth of Our Twins
This is my favorite birth video ever. Just amazing.