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I am off to Borders to pick up a book or two for our vacation next week.<br><br>
What books would you highly recomend that deal with homebirth/natural birth?<br><br>
I have and have already read Having a Baby Naturally, but anything else is game!<br><br>
Many Thanks!
 

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A fun read, IME, would be Baby Catcher by Peggy Vincent. She's a mw in Berkeley, CA. It chronicles her experience from L&D to homebirth mw.<br><br>
Can I come with you???? I really need a vacation.....<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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I really like Immaculate Deception II: Myth, Magic and Birth. I think many of the birth stories at the end are wonderful.<br><br>
Birthing From Within is good, IMO, if you have had a previous negative experience. The artsy stuff is not for everyone, but I do think there are several great sections for examining your feelings, beliefs, worries...
 

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This may be out of the realm of what you are looking for but a great piece of historical fiction about birth/midwifery/female community is The Red Tent. I don't remember the author but it was a really great book.<br><br>
Enjoy your vacation!<br><br>
Jenne
 

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I also love Baby Catcher.<br>
Ina May's guide to Childbirth has a lot of great birth stories.<br>
Heart and Hands, which is how to be a midwife type of book is good.<br>
In Labor by Barbara Katz Rothman is an older book that is very interesting, more academic than the others<br>
A Midwife's Story is another great midwife chronicle<br>
A Good Birth, a Safe Birth and The Thinking Woman's Guide are also good reads.<br>
I'm a birth book junky, myself, and hope somebody will post some good books I haven't read, so I can check them out myself!
 

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Birth as an American Rite of Passage by Robbie Davis-Floyd is one of my all-time favorites. It's an anthropological look at birth and the opposing viewpoints (techonology vs. holistic) of pregnancy/birth. It is absolutely fascinating (although some of it is on the academic side--there's plenty of stuff for us lay folk). There are lots of mothers' stories and a completely engrossing chapter on medical school/training which was eye opening.
 

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These are my 2 favorites:<br><br>
The Natural Pregnancy Book: Herbs, Nutrition and Other Holistic Choices - Aviva Jill Romm<br><br>
and the best...<br><br>
The Complete Book of Pregnancy & Childbirth - Sheila Kitzinger<br><br>
I love many, many more, but these are one I buy regularly for gifts.<br><br>
Enjoy your vacation!<br><br>
Olivia
 

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Oh, a vacation!!! With time to read!!! I WEEP at the thought . . .<br><br>
I love this question - I'm a birth book junkie, too.<br><br>
Aviva Jill Romm's <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Natural Pregnancy Book</span> is one of my favorites.<br><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Ina May's Guide to Childbirth</span> is just essential!<br><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Gentle Birth Choices</span> by Barbara Harper is on my bedside table now.<br><br>
Peggy Vincent's <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Baby Catcher</span> is great, fast reading.<br><br>
Henci Goer's <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth</span> provides plenty of ammunition for those who face homebirth opposition.<br><br>
Susan McCutcheon's <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Natural Childbirth, the Bradley Way</span><br><br><br>
Happy reading! I lent my Ina May's Guide to Childbirth out to my Mom. And I miss it. I may have to go find another copy.
 
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