Ok so I pulled out all of my birth books last night. I have to admit that I bought them after my last pregnancy and so I've never actually read any of them.. Now I have a good 6 or 7 books that i'd love to read before the end of this pregnancy. I"ll be 24 weeks tomorrow so i do have time since i'll be no longer working as of next friday. (thanks to BP and the oil spill) anyway i was just wondering if there was a better order to read these in or if some were more helpful in case I don't get to read them all.
I have these:
Ina May's guide to a better birth
dr sears birth book
birthing from within
thinking woman's guide to a better birth
the birth partner (i skimmed through last pregnancy but don't remember it)
I've been contemplating having a UC with this baby but want as much info beforehand if possible and really not finding much.
The only one I have is The Birth Book. You probably already know a lot of the info in it. I skimmed it last pregnancy but had the labor positions bookmarked to refer to when in labor. Hope someone else can help more!
Hey, did you get your GD and bloodwork results back yet?
I have not read the Dr. Sears one, Paineless Childbirth, or The Birth Partner, but I've read the other three. I've read enough birth books now that when I read a new one, most of what is in it is repeat from other ones I've read.
The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth talks a lot about how standard medical interventions are not supported by any evidence and explains the difference between the midwifery model and the medical model of maternity care. It is good read for people planning hospital births or who are undecided about their birth location.
Ina May's Guide to Childbirth has a big collection of positive natural birth stories, which are great. It also has some good stuff about mother's emotions during birth and some general how-to tips. I think this would be a good one for you to read.
Birthing From Within would be another one I think would be helpful. It uses art and writing to help you prepare for birth in our own individual way. There are things I really loved about it. It has some labor-coping techniques, too.
Hope this helps!
IIRC, your partner hasn't attended a natural birth before, so I would highly recommend having him read The Birth Partner, but it's not something you need to read. I'd also encourage him to read parts of Dr. Sears' The Birth Book and it would be the first one I'd read. Birthing From Within and Painless Childbirth would be the ones I'd read next, and I'd wrap up with Ina May's book for the tons of positive birth stories. I wouldn't bother with The Thinking Woman's Guide unless you just have time on your hands or unless something comes up & then see what she has to say.
And since you're considering UC, I'd also recommend Emergency Childbirth: A Manual by Gregory White. It's out of print but you could probably find a used copy online or see if your local library has a copy to borrow. It's a small, simple guide book on how to deal with some of the complications that might arise, shoulder distocia (sp?), breech, blood loss, cord prolapse, etc. Two things I didn't like about it, but not enough to NOT recommend this book for anyone considering UC, are that it says to have the woman lie on her back, and to baptise a baby that isn't breathing.
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Connie, They said that they only call (the next day) if you have to come back for the 3 hour test and they never called so I'm assuming its all good. YAY!!
I'm ordering Emergency childbirth now.
Any other suggestions appreciated. There was one book someone else recommended but it was like $70 which is out of my league.
Yeah, no call from them means you passed I called a few days later just to hear them say I passed to be sure. Dr. H will go over all your results with you at your next appointment too.