So we found a home birth midwife and a doula. Now I want to do as much new reading on natural childbirth as possible...books I haven't read yet. I have read many in preparation for my DS birth.
I know this thread had been posted before, but I'm not sure how to search for it.
Thanks in advance!
Ina May Gaskin's "Guide to Childbirth"
"Birthing from Within" (I didn't dig the first half which was all artsy- it's not my kind of thing, but the rest of the book was fantastic)
Ricki Lake's "Your Best Birth" (goes hand-in-hand with the movie "the Business of Being Born" which is a MUST watch if you haven't seen it already)... I'll post more if I think of them, but those are the big ones I know
I've also heard great things about The Thinking Woman's Guide to Childbirth, though I haven't read it myself. (http://www.amazon.com/Thinking-Woman.../dp/0399525173)
Baby Catcher (great book, interesting read, but... it's mostly stories of homebirths gone wrong- probably because they make more interesting stories. Not something to focus on right now)
Childbirth Without Fear can be good, but it is a bit outdated.
Pretty much everything I'd recommend is listed in the resource sticky. I've read a lot of them, and a few of them are ones I added to the list myself.
Jenn, you're right about Baby Catcher. I read it when I was not pregnant, also. It does have a lot of "exciting" birth stories, most of which are atypical, but I can only think of 2 bad outcomes in all of the stories. I think part of her mission in writing it was to help people understand how hospital transfer works, and that it does work. I felt like I understood homebirth so much better after reading it, but it may not be a good one to read to actually prepare for a birth. Ina May's Guide to Childbirth would be better for that.
I tried to read Childbirth Without Fear and couldn't finish it--too hard of a read. And I didn't like that a man was trying to explain how women experience childbirth. It rubbed me the wrong way. I know that the hypnosis methods kind of base their theories on his, but both HypnoBirthing and Hypnobabies were created by women.
I also couldn't finish Birth Without Violence by Fredrick Leboyer. It seemed too much like it was just one person's opinion about how babies experience birth and was very unscientific to me.
I loved that book. After you read it, you have to read the story of the author's second birth (in December 2007) on her blog. It is really long and took her a lot of posts to write, but it is worth the read. Here is the link to the first installment: http://tinacassidy.blogspot.com/2008...-new-baby.htmlI just started reading "Birth the surprising history of how we are born" by Tina Cassedy- really interesting.
There are things I loved about Pushed and things I hated about it. There are a few kind of scary stories in it, too."Push" by Jennifer Block is also good.
I haven't read this yet but I want to--My Hypnobirthing instructor recommended it last week. It has a foreword by Ina May Gaskin so it should be in line with the other recommendations...but maybe some new stuff you haven't read as well.
that one looks good, Leigh
So, has anyone read Birth Day by Mark Sloan or Birth Crisis by Sheia Kitzinger? I won a contest (the name I suggested for an online childbirth class got chosen: http://enjoybirth.wordpress.com/2010...birth-classes/) and she is sending me a book, and those are the two options on the list I'd be most interested in adding to my collection of books about birth. Just wondering if anyone here has read either and what you thought.
I highly respect Sheila Kitzinger and would suggest choosing that book although I haven't read either. Kitzinger is the UK's leading midwife. She is to the UK what Ina May Gaskin is to the US. Kitzinger is also an anthropologist so she has a great perspective on birth worldwide. I have read several of her books.