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Registered: 09-05-2013
Thu, 10-17-2013 - 12:34pm

Hi all,

I'm expecting my first and I'm a bit of a planner. lol

Any books you'd recommend I read to help prepare me for labor/delivery?  I'd love to hear any/all suggestions.  Thanks!

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Registered: 04-18-2003
In reply to: maybebaby2014
Sat, 10-26-2013 - 11:56am

Pam England's "Birthing From Within" to learn about how it was, how it became what it is, and how you can have the sort of birth you want, whether hospital or home.

Riki Lake and Abby Epstien "Your Best Birth" to learn about the American way of giving birth and how you can have the sort of birth you want.

Henci Goer: The Thinking Woman's Guide to A Better Birth. The title says it all

Whatever book the local hospital has, so you know what you're in for/up against if you go there.

Another fun thing to do is just go to your local library, go to the birthing section and peruse all the books there. Some of them can be amusing, some annoying, but you usually walk away with some great reading material. If you want your husband to read something, clear all other reading material out of the bathroom and leave only the books you want him to read. :D At the very least, he'll only sit long enough to do what he has to do, instead of sitting in there for 15 minutes, LOL!



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Registered: 03-06-2014
In reply to: Babykezele
Thu, 03-06-2014 - 2:53pm

I LOVED the Birth Book series ... they have a new book coming out. They show you the research evidence so you can see it, learn it for your own decision making. I've never seen that in any other books, that's why I loved it so much and that it was easy to read and fun, it wasn't like a stale textbook to read. I'm sure you'll love it!