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Which books (including Your Best Birth!) have changed the way you thought about birth? Which have simply been trustworthy companions?

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History of Midwifery/ Birth Culture

Started by Emily Hoppe. Last reply by Bethann Apr 10, 2011. 7 Replies

The Birth House

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Birth Guides

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Comment by Alyse on May 14, 2011 at 7:17am
Hi everyone! I just wanted to share that Iwon a free autographed copy of Ina May's new book "Birth Matters"! I will be sure and post a review on here once I get it and read it. You have no idea how excited I am about this prize!!! :)
Comment by Bethann on April 17, 2011 at 1:41pm
I LOVE Baby Catcher! goo book angie...it is a book to read multiple times! I have Ina May's new book on my amazon list, but I have not gotten it yet Jenn =( Hoping to purchase it soon after I complete "Birthing from Within"
Comment by Angie Valentin on August 25, 2010 at 3:08pm
Baby Catcher did the trick for me! I could read it again and again its so good.
Comment by maha al musa on July 21, 2010 at 3:29pm
I have a lovely book to include in Book Club that I wrote and released in 2008 for all mothers and their birth carers entitled
Dance Of The Womb - The Essential Guide To Bellydance For Pregnancy and Birth (also a follow on DVD that features 2 hours of bellydancebirth exercises and my homebirth film at 46 years)..great resources.....
www.bellydanceforbirth.com
Comment by Exie Buehler on July 20, 2010 at 1:36pm
Hi everyone! I love to read and enjoy talking about all the birthing books and resources out there! I have Birth Models That Work sitting on my night table waiting for me to start reading that soon!
Comment by Cindy Lerner on September 26, 2009 at 6:09pm
I have to say that although I knew a lot of homebirth moms before having a homebirth, Ina May's Guide to Childbirth really opened my eyes to what to expect. Although the birth wasn't anything like I expected, I felt very confident in knowing that I had read and was educated on what was happening to my body. I also loved Spiritual Midwifery. It makes me sad when I see pregnant women reading What to Expect... I want to rip it out of their hands and put one of Ina May's books in its place.
Comment by Emily Hoppe on September 20, 2009 at 9:15pm
Thank you for all of the wonderful, informative comments! I have started some discussion threads in the forum so that we can organize our thoughts and conversation.

I have to say, the wonderful thing about books as opposed to other ways of gathering information is that they are very private and meditative. I remember first picking up Ina May's Guide to Childbirth in a bookstore, and sitting, entranced for at least an hour, so absorbed in the birth stories and the wisdom she's collected. We can really get to know ourselves through books.
Comment by Heidi Beth Armstrong on September 18, 2009 at 5:22pm
Hypnobirthing definately changed the way I thought about birth. After all the boring books like What to Expect When You're Expecting this was the first preg. book I couldn't put down and read in 2 days straight. It really opened the doors for me to realize how much I had stored in my subconsciousness since childhood--all feelings about birth that I didn't even realize! I highly recommend all preg. women to explore their subconscious in great depth while preg. For example, my mom had reminded me when I was about 7 mths preg. that a doctor had once said I was too small and would have to have a c-section when I got preg (yeah, thanks alot!). I had this fear all during my homebirth labor and shortly after I said the fear aloud to my midwife I quickly went to 10 cent. and delivered easily. Until that point I couldn't believe the baby was ever going to come out...
Comment by Heidi Beth Armstrong on September 18, 2009 at 5:11pm
I read so many fascinating books while I was pregnant. The first incredible one I read was Marie Mongan's Hypnobirthing book. One of my all time fav. pregnancy book (and one that I recommend because it's less common) was a library copy I stumbled upon called Choosing Waterbirth by Lacksmi Bertram. It was more than about waterbirth--yoga, homebirth, etc, every sentence just seemed to ring true, the whole book is full of wise, feminine wisdom. I usually enjoyed the books that were written by women speaking as mothers more than as doctors or professionals. Birthing from Within is also great. Your Vegetarian Pregnancy was so helpful for me in terms of diet. I'm sure there are others I can't think of right now...
Comment by Jennifer Bergerman on September 13, 2009 at 10:17pm
Ina May's Guide to Childbirth. Lying-In: A History of Childbirth in America. Birth After Cesarean. Many more...
 

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