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Anyone have any natural birth book suggestions? I'm new to the idea of a natural birth (see previous post about back issues... and big TY to those of you who responded!).
BFP #2 03/01/13 EDD 11/12/13 MC and D&C 04/29/13 @ 12 weeks.
I was reading The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth by Henci Goer. I haven't finished it yet. I think it's a book worth reading, but it is definitely biased against any medical interventions. Not that I have a problem with that, but the book is written in such a way that it gets boring with statistics and a little frightening at the same time. I am having some trouble getting through it, but I plan to finish it and then brush up on some main points afterwards.
I am currently reading Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way by Susan McCutcheon. It really goes into the step by step process of labor. It's very encouraging and makes me feel calm and not afraid of giving birth. It does discuss the pros/mostly cons of interventions, but not in a way that causes me to freak out about them. It gives good suggestions for polite ways to remind the staff that you don't want the interventions. There are physical and mental exercises at the ends of the chapters for you to practice relaxation, strengthening, positioning, etc.
If you have a significant other who plans on coaching you through labor, the ladies here recommended a book called The Birth Partner for my husband to read. He is actually reading it, which is a good sign (he is NOT a reader), and I have skimmed through it and it seems like a really good book for someone on that side of it.
Sorry for the long reply!
fiendelle:PLEASE do yourself a favor and read Ina May's Guide to Childbirth...this and my hypnobirthing book called 'hypnobirthing' lead to a pain-free home birth. I preach them on my soapbox to anyone who will listen lol. I cannot recommmend them enough. i've not read the others mentioned. GL!! you can SO do it.
Pain free home birth?! I'm assuming that means you were all-natural, too? WOW!!!! Please share your secrets!!