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Old 10-29-2009, 10:56 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Just jotting down a few books that I have found great- please add to the list:

Pregnancy and Childbirth- Shiela Kitzinger
Childbirth - Ina May Gaskin
The Business of being Born (documentary)
Ultimate Pregnancy Book- Denise Austin (great excercises!)
Thinking woman's guide to a Better Birth - Henci Goer
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding - a Leche League International

Many others on the list, but the above I have read with relative care..

Please add yours..
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Old 10-30-2009, 09:05 PM
 
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Shiela Kitzinger's wonderful book was in the Crossword Bookstore in Mumbai 7 years ago when I went looking for a book on pregnancy.
Somehow though I ended up buying "What to Expect...." oh well

I second all the titles on SSethi's list. Even if you have to order online it is worth it and you can often find them second hand. In case you have no choice but to go to a hospital to give birth, at least read Henci Goer's book. You will be much better informed and confident, and likely to avoid interventions.

An excellent video I saw while pregnant is: Gentle Birth Choices. It comes with a book too, but I had only gotten the video at the time. Real, natural births unlike anything you see in TV, showing various birth posiitons and also waterbirth. And good interviews with doctors and midwives. And mothers, of course.

There is also an amazing video my doula showed me called "Birth into Being"
http://www.midwiferytoday.com/videos/birthintobeing.asp
showing women in Russia giving birth in the Black Sea.

Since you will have to make decisions on vaccines from day 1 I strongly advise all expectant parents to think about this in advance and be prepared to demand MORE TIME to think, research and plan out your own vaccine schedule - which effectively means saying no to anything offered to your baby on day 1. In fact it is better to let your doctor know in advance so that there are no surprises or arguments during a time which should be peaceful for you and your newborn. The book that helped me most is Aviva Jill Romm: A Thoughtful Parent's Guide: How to Make Safe, Sensible Decisions about the Risks, Benefits, and Alternatives. Another useful article is: "User-Friendly Vaccine Schedule" by Donald ******.
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Gentle Birth Choices is great, especially with the movie

Pushed by Jennifer Block is great documentary book

The Ultimate Guide to Breastfeeding by Jack Newman

Spiritual Midwifery is good if you are more into the the emotional side of birth, i liked her Guide to Childbirth better.
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