Originally Posted by triscuitsmom
I have a quick question of you all... I have a friend of a friend who contacted me regarding book recommendations. She is going to be with her daughter when she delivers her first baby in March (she's 25 weeks now) and she says that she feels unprepared because it's been so long and is such a different situation then when she was doing it. Her daughter has an OB, but wants an unmedicated hospital birth and plans on breastfeeding.
I have a library full of books to offer, but if you had to pick a reasonable number for her to read before March to help prepare her to support her daughter what ones would be your top choices?
THinking Woman's Guide
THE BIRTH PARTNER
The Birth Partner will give her some tools to use within the hospital environment, and before they get there, to help her daughter if she needs help while in labor. Active Birth gives her an idea of how to encourage her daughter to move and work while in labor, especially important when in a hospital, where they are often accustomed to seeing women in bed to labor and may not be able to offer much support for "other types" of birthing. The THinking Woman's Guide will educate her as to the risks and benefits of interventions, so that she can have intelligent conversations with her dd before the birth about what she wants as far as a birth plan, why, and what she is willing to give up in the hospital environment, why, and what she is NOT willing to give up, and what she is willing to do to get what she hopes to be her ideal birth. Conversations between a woman and her support people before a hospital birth are pretty important in my experience, and those books can start some conversations.