Let's be honest. There's a lot written about birth - some good and some not worth wasting your time. So let's just cut to the chase and give you a good solid list of reading material.
The first chapter is about Dr. and Mrs. Sears' births and the contrast between their medicated and unmedicated births and their hospital births compared to their homebirths.
The second chapter is about the history of childbirth in America. This was life changing. I walked away feeling like we have been sold a lot of garbage about the birthing experience through the media and even baby showers. I knew I would have a different experience with my second baby. And I did.
2. There is a law against being a "birth junkie" and not recommending Ina May's Guide to Childbirth! But really, it's a fabulous book. The first half of the book is birth stories. This is so important. Hearing women tell their stories is truly empowering. Knowing labor was hard and exhilarating, as well as coping techniques that helped her through is a must.
The second half of the book is Ina May talking about various aspects of giving birth. For those of you who aren't familiar with Ina May Gaskin, I would describe her as reviving the midwifery profession after a very successful smear campaign against midwives that lasted decades.
(If you ever want to hear about the weekend I chauffeured Ina May around Ft. Worth, corner me at a Black Hills Birth Network meeting and I'll fill you in.)
3. My last birth book I recommend is a little book called Mind Over Labor by Carl Jones, originally published in the 1920s. I had a midwife say to me with my third birth that 90% of labor was in my head and 10% was physical. I've thought a lot about that statement over the years and do believe it's pretty accurate. At least 80/20!
What about all the books with statistics? While that stuff is important in building your birth team, understanding interventions, and knowing the right questions to ask, that is likely not what actually gets you through labor. In addition to taking a Birth Boot Camp class and hiring a Birth Boot Camp Doula, I believe the information in the three books mentioned here will help you achieve an amazing birth.
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