Reading Ina May's Guide to Childbirth- has really helped me feel like "I can do this!" It has also given me ideas for laboring and birthing positions and comforts I never tried with my first dc. Of course I haven't birthed yet since reading it, but my best friend read it during her second preg and it helped her a LOT to feel more incontrol.
Spiritual Midwifery hands down! The birth stories, though written in hippie language, are very straight down to earth about the real deal. Those mamas did it and they were thankful for it! Reading those birth stories really and truly changed my life for the better - and helped my labors and births tons!
I have read tons of books Iincluding the ones listed above -- to see my library, click this link: <a href="http://www.librarything.com/catalog.php?view=birthmarkdoula" target="_blank">http://www.librarything.com/catalog....birthmarkdoula</a> , and I have to say, the one thing that stood out from them all was in the Sears' Birth Book, he says if you feel uncomfortable or in a lot of pain, it's your body's way of telling you to MOVE! That stuck with me over all of it, in the thick of labor.
I think that Sarah Buckleys book "Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering" lays it all out there - the hormonal benefits of natural labor/birth, what is important for a safe, gentle birth, etc. It is powerful and amazing.
<span style="text-decoration:underline;">Birthing From Within</span> by Pam England. I can NOT say enough about this book! I think this is the best book out there to prepare anyone for any kind of birth. It gets down to the heart of getting rid of fears and how to make any birth experience a great one.<br><br>
I gotta agree with reading the books: Ina May's Guide to Childbirth and Spiritual Midwifery! Awesome books! Gotta read the stories if nothing else. There were two other books that were very helpful. The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth by Henci Goer for it's vast info on all interventions, procedures.... And Husband-Coached Childbirth : The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth by Robert A. Bradley and Ashley Montagu also was pretty good. It was the first book I read that made me realize birth really doesn't have to be a medical event. I'm not a big believer in the Bradley method as I think the father's job is mainly to love and support the mother rather than be her sole "go to expertise" guy.
"Thinking Woman's Guide to A Better Birth," is what gave me what I, personally, need -- the research to back up what I wanted in birth, to recognize when I might be fed a line (by a medical professional or by someone close to me), and the strength to be ready to stand up for the parts of the process I felt most strongly about.
and I'll second Spiritual Midwifery! I've kept those stories in the back of my mind during 4 unmedicated, intervention-free, short but tough deliveries!<br><br>
I heart Ina May! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">"Thinking Woman's Guide to A Better Birth," is what gave me what I, personally, need -- the research to back up what I wanted in birth, to recognize when I might be fed a line (by a medical professional or by someone close to me), and the strength to be ready to stand up for the parts of the process I felt most strongly about.</div>
This is the only natural pregnancy book I have read and it was awesome. It had so much information on natural birth and the medical interventions that can happen in a hospital. She doesn't skirt around the truth, she gives the facts.
I've read most of the ones above, Ina May's is my favorite out of those listed so far BUT:<br><br>
My all-time favorite is Janet Balaskas' "Preparing for Birth with Yoga", her book really reminded me of the stuff that I knew but didn't really pay attention to until I got pregnant.<br><br>
A very empowering book and the yoga of course helps, physically and mentally. Yoga really gave me lots of confidence in labor and it also made it so that I really had lots of energy to do my 16 hours of labor (naturally) and still have some gusto left to push for 3 hours.....<br><br>
I seriously did not feel sore the next day, except my cha-cha but no tears.....<br><br>
check her out, I recommend her books to everyone!