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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Please Recommend

I am asking for your recommendations on pregnancy and birth books. I am currently have two books in waiting that I want to review in hopes of coming up with a few recommendations for my soon to be patients/women.

Also, anyone know how I can get my hands on a complementary copy of Our Bodies Ourselves: Pregnancy & Birth book?

Yes, I am shameless...

22 comments:

Amy said...

I found Henci Goer's "A Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth" INFINITELY more helpful than the ubiquitous "What to Expect" series.

Those "What to Expect" books should cut to the chase and call themselves, "10,000 ways to OMG PANIC!!!1!"

evil cake lady said...

Ina May Gaskin: Spiritual Midwifery and Ina May's Guide to Childbirth

Penny Simkin: The Birth Partner (the 3rd edition incorporates a lot of info from her other great book The Labor Progress Handbook)

Holistic Midwifery vol II by Anne Lenzi is an awesome textbook. Vol 2 is the only one I have been able to get my hands on (so it's the only one I can really recommend) and it is about care during labor and birth. I haven't read all of it but what I have read has been so informative. This one really isn't one I would recommend to clients but I can't help tooting it's horn!

Hot Librarian said...

The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin is excellent. After 2 babies, our copy is well-worn.

Julia said...

I am a big fan of Pregnancy Childbirth and the Newborn by Penny Simpkin. Strikes a fairly balanced look at normal childbirth, possible interventions, and the risks that come along with many of the interventions.

Veronica said...

I just wanted to say I love your blog, and as a doula/Lamaze educator aspiring to become a midwife, I think your blog is great!
As for books, I think The Official Lamaze Guide and Ina May's Guide to Childbirth do the best job out there of presenting information moms need to make their care choices while fostering a positive view of pregnancy and birth.
When I originally got the Lamaze book, I kind of dismissed it, but reread it before I got pregnant with my second child, and was AMAZED how much information was in there--it was the only pregnancy book I ever got my husband to read, and he remembered so many things from it when it counted.

Anonymous said...

I loved pregnancy sucks and pregnancy sucks for men. Didn't talk down to you, didn't scare the hell out of you and added some humor to the situation.

kori said...

No clue on the free OBOS, but recommendations...

Ina May Gaskin - both Spiritual Midwifery and Guide to Childbirth

Aviva Jill Romm - The Natural Pregnancy Book

would be interested to hear your take on Gentle Birth Choices by Barbara Harper

Birthing from Within by Pam England

The Pregnancy Book and the Birth Book by the Sears's

The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth by Sheila Kitzinger

Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn by Penny Simkin

those are my favorites.

Megan said...

I like the Big Book of Birth by Erica Lyon. It's really about birth, whereas most of the other books I've read deal with pregnancy more than the actual day (or days) of birth.

We also liked the Pocket Doula by Christine Wallace, which we got for free at our birth class. That one is great to use when you're actually in labor, because it's mostly pictures.

Peggy said...

I liked "Adventures in Natural Childbirth". A collection of birth stories with a variety of settings. (Can't remember who the author or editor is offhand.) For me this book kind of filled a gap: no one in my family had had a natural birth since my grandma's time, so they didn't have any natural childbirth stories to share with me.

womantowomancbe said...

Well,

I don't know how you can score a free copy of OB/OS for Pregnancy, but I looked it up and there are used paperback copies that are available (with shipping) for $5 or less. If you really like it, you can always upgrade to a hardback if/when the paperback wears out.

-Kathy

cristin said...

I would agree with the recommendation for The Big Book of Birth by Erica Lyon. Great, informative book focusing on the process of birth itself.

Another favorite is From the Hips by Rebecca Odes and Ceridwen Morris. A great comprehensive guide from pre-pregnancy through the first months of the baby's life. Excellent resource and very even-handed, and funny/personal.

Love your blog and wish you the best of luck at your new job!!!!

Molly said...

My recommendations are at http://adoulatoo.blogspot.com/2008/11/recommended-reading-for-pregnancy.html
Everyone else's here are enticing!

Amy Romano said...

I just found your blog and am thrilled to add another great midwifery blog to my Google Reader! As for the question at hand, when friends get pregnant I give them some combination of Ina May's Guide to Childbirth, A Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth (Goer), The Official Lamaze Guide: Giving Birth with Confidence (Lothian and Devries) and/or Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn (Simkin). I also have a lending library in my office which carries most of what else has been mentioned here. As for OBOS Pregnancy & Childbirth, I got a free copy because I was reviewing it for a journal (Birth). Most publishers will send free books for review purposes. But the book is quite inexpensive - about $15, I think? And certainly worth it!

Labor Nurse, CNM said...

Ya, I realize that I could just get the book on Amazon...I really like free stuff though!

Noble Savage said...

I absolutely loved 'Birth Skills' by Juju Sundin. It gives numerous and varied methods for coping with labor, concentrating on keeping you active. It really helped me to have some specific ideas for what to do to cope with contractions instead of just a vague plan to 'keep active and move around a lot' like I had with my first birth, in which I felt clueless and out of control. The second time I had a whole array of ideas to try to manage my pain and they worked wonderfully. I can't recommend it enough.

Darwinsgirl said...

My all time fav is Birthing from Within by Pam England. Good luck in your search.

mitchsmom said...

For all-around I like:

Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The Complete Guide
by Penny Simkin, Janet Whalley, & Ann Keppler

Elizabeth said...

Hi, I love your blog, in fact I'll be posting a link to your post called 'How To Get out of bed Post Cesarean' soon from my site, hopefully today, it's so helpful!

I'd also like to recommend a c-section guide that I wrote called the worry free c-section. It's a guide to help women plan, prepare and recovery safely from a c-section.

If you have questions, please email me from my site.

Warmest Regards,
Elizabeth

Renee said...

If there is anyone unsure about the midwifery model of care, Pushed is really eye opening. A great alternative to those who usually only hear things from the medical model side.

Evenspor said...

I just found your blog. I want to second the recommendation for Juju Sundin's Birth Skills. I read it for this birth and wish I had known a lot of it last time. The skills and info are so much more comprehensive than the birth class I took for Baby 1.

Evenspor said...

I forgot to add that another reason I liked Juju's book is she takes a very non-judgmental approach to epidurals and c-sections. She encourages a mother to labor as much as she can, but presents things in a way that wouldn't make a mother feel like a failure if she ends up needing medication or interventions.

Rose said...

Henci Goer-A thinking woman's guide to a better birth. (very research oriented, pros and cons of all kinds of interventions, etc designed for a pregnant woman)

Ina May Gaskin-Ina May's Guide to Childbirth (positive natural birth stories, and information about pregnancy/labor/birth/postpartum)

Jennifer Block-Pushed: the painful truth about childbirth and modern maternity care (while not a labor/pregnancy/what to do specifically, it covers prenatal care, interventions, midwives, vbac etc and how hospitals are not getting it right. LOVED this book)