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#1 of 8 Old 04-24-2006, 06:39 PM - Thread Starter
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DS was a hospital birth, planning a HB this time.

I was niave and innocent, LOL, and have a dog-eared copy of "What to Expect When Your Expecting" on the shelves. By the time DS was born, my beliefs had shifted towards the sentiments of Sears' "The Baby Book."

I've got AP and all that figure out, but don't have much info on natural, healthy pregnancies - all my books treat it like a disease, something to manage.

Would love some recommendations for natural homebirthing and natural pregnancy books. I need to start reading up so we're prepared!

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I love natural childbirth books!!
In no particular order:

Magical Beginnings Enchanted Lives A Holistic Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth by Deepak Chopra MD - bit new age for me, but lots of good stuff

Baby Catcher, Chronicles of a Modern Midwife by Peggy Vincent You will be at some of the stories in this one. Like her kids friends know her as the "placenta lady" because she did a demonstration in their school and another one of a homebirth she did and the mom to be had a really mean cat. Sooooooooo funny!

Adventures in Natural Childbirth Tales from Women on the joys, fears, pleasures and pains of giving birth naturally. Edited by Janet Schwegel with foreword by Pam England This one has stories of natural births with midwives, doulas, MD's and unassisted

Ina May's Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin - great book - lots of wonderful info, not just stories.

Natural childbirth the Bradley Way by Susan McCutcheaon - good info on natural birth tho I don't like that they say to hold so still - whatever works I guess.

I loved reading these and keep seeing more and want them and I'm not even pregnant. IMO the good thing about reading lots of stories is it gives you more idea of the broad spectrum of what to expect...
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Thanks so much ladies!
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I just started on Birthing From Within by Pam England. And my midwife lent me Birth Reborn by Odent and Immaculate Deception II by Suzanne Arms (both of which I have yet to read, but look forward to it).
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A great web site on all sorts of natural birth article is Laura Shanley's site:

http://www.ucbirth.com. She also has a book about UC birth, which is good even if you plan a home birth with a mid-wife:

Unassisted Childbirth by Laura Kaplan Shanley


Childbirth Without Fear: The Principles and Practice of Natural Childbirth by Grantly Dick Read

The Power of Pleasurable Childbirth by Laurie Morgan

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Check out the Doulas of North America recommended reading list.

if the link doesn't work try www.dona.org and click on the boutique

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I LOVE Sheila Kitzinger's The Complete Guide to Pregnancy and Birth. It is comprehensive and natural-geared. Think of it as a much much much better/natural version of the What to Expect book. The book is chock full of pregnancy comfort info, birth information, and the real-deal on choices in childbirth.

I also like Birthing from Within as it gives emotional appeal to childbirth that is missing in other birth books. It is real "gut" preparation.

The Birth Partner from Simkin is also a great choice. It really goes into what to do in certain situations in labor- for the doula, birth partner, and mom.
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