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Book Recommendations on Labor Preparation
« on: January 21, 2008, 03:01:05 PM »
Thought we could use a list here of books that were actually PRACTICAL for the homebirther. You know, not full of hospital or doctor intervention crud.  ::)

Please add your book recommendation to the list!
Especially, if you have given birth at home before.

Websites would be great too!


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Re: Book Recommendations on Labor Preparation
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2008, 03:17:18 PM »


My favorites after 1 hospital and 2 homebirths would be-

"Active Birth" by Janet Balaskas

"Labor Pain" by Nicki Wesson

"Birth Partner" by Penny Simkin (for my husband)

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Re: Book Recommendations on Labor Preparation
« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2008, 03:18:39 PM »
The book we have used for all 3 of our homebirths (last two unassisted) is called Special Delivery by Rahima Baldwin.  It's a great book, very informative.  Our midwife originally recommended it to us.  It is very detailed about the various stages of labor and gives diagrams and instructions for the lay person.  There are a few New-Agey type references and some pictures of women giving birth that are not exactly modest, but overall it is a very informative book.
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Re: Book Recommendations on Labor Preparation
« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2008, 03:53:56 PM »
Ina May Gaskin has some excellent books on labor. She is a midwife who ran a   sort of birthing commune in TN.  ::) She has a lot of info in her books and lots of birth stories. ( some are very entertaining!)

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Re: Book Recommendations on Labor Preparation
« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2008, 05:01:07 AM »
Does anyone know of books that have statistics about US births, midwife births, OB births, etc?
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Re: Book Recommendations on Labor Preparation
« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2008, 05:09:56 AM »
Well personally I don't like to read much of anything while I'm in labor--maybe a light read like Anne of Green Gables or Anne of Avonlea.

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Re: Book Recommendations on Labor Preparation
« Reply #6 on: January 29, 2008, 06:38:37 AM »
Well personally I don't like to read much of anything while I'm in labor--maybe a light read like Anne of Green Gables or Anne of Avonlea.

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I must be a nerd too cuz I laughed out lout at this! :D
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Re: Book Recommendations on Labor Preparation
« Reply #7 on: February 27, 2008, 12:02:23 PM »
Has anyone read and have comments on the HomeBirth, A Practical Guide  book by Nicky Wesson?
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Re: Book Recommendations on Labor Preparation
« Reply #8 on: February 27, 2008, 05:14:59 PM »
My favorite book was "The Birth Book" by Dr. Sears.  I referenced that one over and over again!

Other favorites:
- Gentle Birth Choices by Barbara Harper - nice section on waterbirth
- The Birth Partner by Penny Simpkin (dh got a lot out of reading this)
- I really loved Birthing From Within by Pam England for the discussion on pain and coping techniques.  It had a lot of info. on birth art and birth in different cultures, but it was a very encouraging read. 
- I found Ina Mae Gaskin's Spiritual Midwifery to be an absolute hoot!  I just laughed at all of the "hippie stuff", but really enjoyed all of the birth stories.  Reading/hearing birth stories gives me confidence and this book is chock full of them.

I haven't read it, but I've heard amazing things about "The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth" by Henci Goer and hope to read it for the next baby. 

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Re: Book Recommendations on Labor Preparation
« Reply #9 on: June 23, 2008, 02:09:09 PM »

I wanted to add a website "http://www.christianuc.com/".

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Re: Book Recommendations on Labor Preparation
« Reply #10 on: August 15, 2008, 02:58:57 PM »
Wow, great list, my 15year old daughter will be requesting some of these books from the library  because since she was 5 she's wanted to be a midwife.
So far she's really learned a lot from 'Heart and Hands'  by Elizabeth David.

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Re: Book Recommendations on Labor Preparation
« Reply #11 on: August 16, 2008, 06:30:53 AM »
 :D :D :D
When I saw the title of this thread, I thought, "MY! If you wait until labor to read a book on the subject, it's just too late!"  :o Then I thought, "If you can read during 'labor' then whatever else is happening, you aren't likely having serious labor."  ;D ROTFL!  :)
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Re: Book Recommendations on Labor Preparation
« Reply #12 on: August 17, 2008, 02:40:42 PM »
Oh, I'm so glad I'm not alone.  I totally started thinking about what book I'd like to read while in labor.....  And then realized that I would get mad that I hadn't finished it in time and wouldn't get to read it again for awhile once the baby came. 
Though this also did make me realize that I am the type of dork who WILL try to read during labor, at least during the slow parts ;)

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Re: Book Recommendations on Labor Preparation
« Reply #13 on: August 18, 2008, 06:13:47 AM »
I also enjoyed reading The Birth Partner by Penny Simpkin. I have not gone through this whole forum, so please forgive me if someone else has already mentioned this, but there are some problems with most birth books.  I have found with many midwife/doula/homebirth books is that they go out of their way to emphasize how "normal" it is to include families of all backgrounds (same s*x partners) and how you need to accept them as they are.  It is really sickening.  So just be forwarned that these things are in most books about birth. :(

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Re: Book Recommendations on Labor Preparation
« Reply #14 on: September 08, 2008, 08:23:55 AM »

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Re: Book Recommendations on Labor Preparation
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