Hello natural mamas and mamas to be. I'm a first timer, and I'm wondering what books you all recommend. I have a midwife and plan on birthing in a birth center, if possible.
I've been told to stay away from What to Expect When You Are Expecting because it can be anxiety provoking, but I don't know what is good.
I'm looking for something practical, informative, gentle, and positive.
Thanks in advance!
Dreamer, writer, wife, and mom to little guy & my spirit babe .
Do you mean books about pregnancy or about labor and delivery?
Here are a few that I loved the first time I was pg:
Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May Gaskin
Birthing From Within
The Natural Pregnancy Book: Herbs, Nutrition, and Other Holistic Choices by Aviva Jill Romm M.D. and Ina May Gaski
And this was the best BFing book I read!
Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers by Nancy Mohrbacher and Kathleen Kendall-tackett
Me= crunchy mama to one rambunctious toddler, born on October 1, 2009. And one sweet little baby born January 19, 2012.
Think I'm going to check out that breastfeeding book. I really had a rough time BFing last time and I really want to go longer than 7 months before drying up. Thanks!
Wife to Phil, Mom to Saoirse (3/09), and Niamh (1/12) .
Along with Ina May's books (which are an amazing read), I loved Penny Simkin's The Birth Partner. It's targeted more at, you guessed it, birth partners, but it has a lot of concrete info on coping techniques and stuff that I found really helpful for myself.
Mother of two great little guys, G (9/28/09) and W (1/20/12)
I don't think there are enough books geared towards pregnancy, lots of great birth books but not enough of the other kind.
I agree about anything by Ina May Gaskin, Michel Odent and Penny Simkin.
Mama to AJS - 22, CRS -17 and forever in my heart GHAB 8/5/11/(18 weeks)
I love Well Adjusted Babies by Dr. Jennifer Barham Floreani. It's packed full of information from conception to early childhood. Nutritional recommendations, birth plans, ultrasound information, vaccines etc. I read it twice before we were even expecting!
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