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#1 of 19 Old 06-05-2011, 04:44 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Hey fellow Feb-12-ers,

 

I'm wondering what resources you are reading? Websites/books etc. This is going to be our first and I'm feeling a little overwhelmed with what I don't know or understand yet. I have the mayo clinic book and the babycenter app on my phone, but that's it for the time being (oh, and this website too obviously!)

 

Also, any other first-timers out there? I see we have many people who are already moms- which is great, providing guidance to us total newbies!!

 

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I'm a doula and childbirth educator in training, so I'll pick back up the books I need to read for certification. I stopped reading them when I miscarried in December. Here are the books I recommend, and an app I really like.

 

Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn

Birthing From Within

Ina May's Guide to Childbirth

"         " Guide to Breastfeeding

 

 

iPregnancy App on iPhone


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thank you! these look great.


Happily married for 5 years. Tried for our first baby 6/2011, got preg right away, and miscarried. Took a 4 month break, and then had nothing but infertility & a few early miscarriages until 12/2012 when we learned I had a lumpy edge in my uterus. Doc removed it and now we are trying again....

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I second Ina May and Birthing from Within. I also enjoyed reading some fiction about pregnancy -- Little Earthquakes was good. And I found it relieving to read stuff that wasn't about being pregnant! I definitely felt like there were times when I put too much energy and focus into doing pregnancy "right" instead of other stuff. It was nice to just read something that wasn't about babies for a change!

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I loved Ina Mays Guide- so empowering! 

 

I also thought the "Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth" by Henci Goer was excellent. 


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I loved (and will review them this time as well)

The Birth Partner
From the Hips (I really like the style this one is done in, it gives a lot of different opinions)
Our Bodies, Ourselves guide to Pregnancy and Birth
Homebirth in the Hospital
and Ina May's
Guide to Childbirth
Spiritual Midwifery
Guide to Breastfeeding

This time Id like to read some Midwifery textbooks.

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The Birth Partner was great! My husband and I both read it.

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Hypnobirthing and that's it, this is my 6th baby and I'm just going with it. I think breastfeeding books are a must have though the good ones like "so thats what they're for, and  "the womanly art of breastfeeding" it helps to start early


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wow! thanks for all the recommendations ladies! my amazon cart is too full :)


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Those are all great books! I have read them all so many times I know them by heart. I picked up a new book and I am loving it so far, Skinny Bitch, Bun in the Oven. If you want something irreverent, straight to the point and funny, try this one.

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Is anyone familiar with _The Natural Pregnancy Book: Herbs, Nutrition and Other Holistic Choices_ by Aviva Romm? 

 


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I bought my DH the Expectant Father last time around and he likes it! I like it because it supports Doulas. :)


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BUMP  shy.gif  Just wondering if anyone has picked up anything sensational lately?


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Is anyone familiar with _The Natural Pregnancy Book: Herbs, Nutrition and Other Holistic Choices_ by Aviva Romm? 

 

 

I LOVE this book!!!! It was great to have as a reference during my first pregnancy and I've pulled it out again for this time. :)
 

 

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I'm surprised no one mentioned Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering by Dr. Sarah Buckley. I love this book <3


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i think i overdid the birth books last time around.  i've picked up spiritual midwifery again, though. 

i also remember reading louise erdrich's the blue jay's dance last time-- it's not a birth book or anything, just a really sweet memoir kind of thing.  a pretty good read to alternate with the birthing books.  i'd recommend that one.  i like her stuff in general, though, except for the very last novel she's written. 


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Im planning to reread Spiritual Midwifery and Ina May's Guide to Childbirth, and for the first time read her new book Birth Matters!

For breastfeeding moms I highly suggest her book, Ina May's Guide to Breastfeeding if you find The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding to be overwhelming. I read both and I got the general info I needed from Ina May's book. I keep womanly art as an encyclopedia though.

Im reading tons of birth stories on MDC right now as an alternative to getting new books. I think my third trimester will be all books all the time though- it will be cold and thats when I like to read.

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I loved Ina May's Guide to Childbirth.  I'm thinking I will want to pick it up again in my last trimester.  I really felt that it prepared me for round 2, and it made the contractions easier to cope with.


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I just got The Mother of all Pregnancy books and I LOVE it!  So much better than What to Expect, for my needs.  I wanted the statistics, the raw numbers, and this book has a whole section in the back with just numbers.  I just like the tone better. It's helping to calm me down :)

 

 


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