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I would love to find books, CDs, websites, and other resources for the more spiritual aspects of pregnancy (and birth and postpartum). The focus tends to be on the physiological, which is certainly fascinating, but I would like to be better in touch with the more spiritual side of things: "connecting" with the unborn child, feeling confidence in the body's processes and the well-being of the unborn child, relationship of the changing body/mind, etc.<br><br>
Does anyone have any recommendations? Thanks!
 

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The book Birthing From Within (and the classes, too) does a great job of celebrating pregnancy and birth as a rite of passage, and focusing on the connection between mother and child, IMO.<br><br>
Taking prenatal yoga would also be at the top of my list.
 

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Google 'Birth as We Know It'...they have a video that you can watch right on line...some very interesting info. Also, I would read Spiritual Midwifery, by Ina May Gaskin. Even if you are not using a midwife or doing a homebirth, the stories in it are amazing.
 

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I recently came across <a href="http://lovefrombaby.com/" target="_blank">this website</a> and signed up for the daily emails "from my baby". I've really been enjoying them! I also bought her <a href="http://lovefrombaby.com/pre-birth-communicationCD.html" target="_blank">Messages from the Womb CD</a>. I've only had the time to do it once, but liked it. Haven't had a chance to listen to the Birth Meditations CD yet, so can't comment on it.<br><br>
I've also been going for regular <a href="http://www.iahe.com/html/therapies/cst.jsp" target="_blank">cranoisacral therapy</a> appointments as well (have been doing this for a few years). I've had some really intense experiences, including revisiting my own birth on multiple occasions. It can also be used to facilitate communication with the baby, but we haven't started doing that yet. If you're interested, you can search for a practitioner near you <a href="http://www.iahp.com/pages/search/index.php" target="_blank">here</a>. I would suggest seeing someone who has the following classes at a minimum: CSI, CSII, SERI. SERII and one or more of the dialoging classes would be good too. I would also ask if they have experience working with pregnant women. I see a massage therapist who specializes in CST, and she charges $65/session. It is also great for helping with the physical aches and pains of pregnancy.<br><br>
I also see a homeopath/intuitive healer who helps me communicate with my baby. She is amazing, but I have no idea how to help you find someone like her. She is one of a kind!<br><br>
Lots of fun stuff <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">.
 

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I second the recommendation of Birthing From Within as a way to acknowledge and celebrate the personal/spiritual aspects of pregnancy. How intuitive of you to know that birth is not only a physical process! It is an important and transformational rite of passage. Without the work with soul and psyche, how can we integrate the entirety of such an experience? Keep searching in this way, I whole-heartedly agree how important it is.<br><br>
Also, I just finished reading a book called Mother Mysteries written by a Unitarian Minister, Jungian Psychologist and Mother (all the same woman!) who chronicles her spiritual journey through three pregnancies. I can't remember her entire name but it was something like Maren Tonder something. Sorry if this isn't much help. In her book she refers to world myths and the archetypal spiritual experience of the Universal Mother and how this relates to our own motherhood.<br><br>
May you find much to support this journey inward as you prepare for birth - you are not alone in your quest.
 

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Yeah I saw the Deepak Chopra book about spiritual pregnancy at B&N and wanted it but had no money. It looked really neat. Also seconding the suggestions for Birthing from Within and the Ina May books.
 

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I was just given this book as a gift and haven't read it yet, but you might want to look into Twice Alive by Beth Osnes. Here is a link to the book:<br><a href="http://www.wovenword.com/twicealive.htm" target="_blank">http://www.wovenword.com/twicealive.htm</a>
 
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