- 5 Books You Need to Read Before Giving Birth
Ina May Gaskin’s Guide to ChildbirthThis book was just amazing for me. I absolutely love reading through all of these beautiful birth stories in the beginning of the book and then reading on to find even more great information from Ina May explaining what a woman’s body does and goes through during the birth process. Even though this book is mainly full of home birth stories, the information transcends any type of birth and simply shows you how beautiful and better yet, normal, childbirth is.
The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth Accurate, unbiased and evidence based information about all things birth related. This book sites medical studies and research to inform mothers to be about the options available to them as well as their risks and benefits.
Pushed: The Painful Truth About Childbirth and Modern Maternity CareThis book contains great information about modern maternity care and provides moms and birth workers with the knowledge needed to navigate the waters of delivering in a hospital setting. It explains reasons and risks for certain interventions as well as empowers mothers to take control of their pregnancy and birth experiences. This is certainly a must read for anyone in the birth profession or that may, someday, give birth.
Your Best Birth: Know All Your Options, Discover the Natural Choices and Take Back the Birth ExperienceFrom Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein, the creators of the ground breaking film The Business of Being Born, this book delves into all aspects of childbirth including what options are available to you during pregnancy and labor, ways to naturally manage your labor and delivery and how to make sure that you are able to to have the best birth possible. I really loved The Business of Being Born so I wasn’t surprised that this book was a winner as well.
The Womanly Art of BreastfeedingLLL published this wonderful book covering all aspects of breastfeeding. Whether you plan to breastfeed for a few months or a few years, this book covers all of the common issues mothers face when learning to breastfeed their children. Everything from how to successfully nurse after a cesarian or complications in childbirth to what to do about sore nipples. Read this one while you’re still pregnant so you are armed with information before you start your breastfeeding journey.