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#1 of 6 Old 06-05-2010, 02:48 PM - Thread Starter
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Ok so I pulled out all of my birth books last night. I have to admit that I bought them after my last pregnancy and so I've never actually read any of them.. Now I have a good 6 or 7 books that i'd love to read before the end of this pregnancy. I"ll be 24 weeks tomorrow so i do have time since i'll be no longer working as of next friday. (thanks to BP and the oil spill) anyway i was just wondering if there was a better order to read these in or if some were more helpful in case I don't get to read them all.

I have these:
Ina May's guide to a better birth
dr sears birth book
birthing from within
painless childbirth
thinking woman's guide to a better birth
the birth partner (i skimmed through last pregnancy but don't remember it)

I've been contemplating having a UC with this baby but want as much info beforehand if possible and really not finding much.

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have you read through the UC forum or asked there for more info? They would be helpful I am sure (I cant comment on the books though sorry!)

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The only one I've read/am reading from that list (which is a great list btw) is Birthing From Within. It seems like a good place to start. For me, I think my second choice would be either Ina May's guide, or the Thinking Woman's guide. I know that's not much help, sorry. That's just how I would start out.

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I read Dr Sears Birth book and really liked it. But I don't remember any info on UC in that book. I am reading Birthing From Within now and am enjoying it as well.
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I'd read Ina May's 1st. the birth stories 1/2 of the book prepped me way better than I ever thought.
Then I'd prob move on to Birthing from Within and Thinking Woman's guide.

the others are good, but I don;t feel a need to put them into a particular order.

Can you get your hands on Active Birth by Janet Balaskas?
I loooved that book, and I believe I got a used copy on amazon for about $3.
It was a very practical help.

If you are thinking UC I would also try some midwifery teaching materials. I've had 2 friends go UC and both - tho already experienced home birthers - said the MW text helped a lot.
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I've read:
Birthing From Within - am doing the classes too
Ina May's Guide
Birthing Without Violence - Leboyer - irritated me lol.
and one by Michael Odent

currently reading Spiritual Midwifery - so i think your list is awesome and don't really have much else to add lol

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