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This is one of my favorite books to study when I am preparing for a birth.  I get asked a lot what book I would recommend if you could only buy one book. Well, this is it!  A complete guide, written by a midwife for midwives.  An excellent resource for couples who want to take more responsibility for their baby’s birth.  Sections deal with: prenatal care; problems in pregnancy; labor and birth; complications in labor; postpartum care; and others.  An indispensable book for couples planning to birth unassisted.


 
This book answers all the questions about nutritional and herbal medicine for optimum health during pregnancy. Beginning with God's design for health and nutrition, the following is covered in detail: how to eat for a healthy baby, which herbs are safe and which are dangerous during pregnancy, and the best ways to minimize those times of nausea and discomfort. Shonda Parker provides information to guide the pregnant mom and her baby to good health with a balanced approach to herbal and traditional medicine.


 

You conceived your child out of love. Why not birth your child the same way?   This book is about giving birth privately. It is about changing the way we think about birth. It combines research, theory and personal experience. There are several unassisted birth stories after 1990, including: babies born at 36 and 43 weeks gestation, waterbirth, Rh- mother, breech twins, unassisted birth after cesarean (U-BAC), first baby a "Do-it-Yourself" birth, fourth generation baby born in the same house. The stories include situations with baby born in amniotic sac, with meconium, and with the cord wrapped tightly around baby's neck. Babies were born to parents ranging from age 21 to 44.

(My first 4 unassisted birth stories are in this book.  One of them is the water-birth mentioned, and I am the one that has the 43 week gestation story. I'm a little disappointed in the way my stories were re-worded by the author, but otherwise a well-written book in support of unassisted homebirth. ~Charity)


 
Collection of fifty stories about unassisted homebirth (birth without a doctor or midwife). Couples explain why they chose to birth this way, how they prepared for birth, and shared their joyous birth experiences. Stories include previous C-sections, including one woman who had a C-section in 1946 and had subsequent do-it-yourself births. Parents describe the liberating feelings during labor and birth: no hospital staff telling them what position to give birth in or what to eat or drink. Families share their previous birth failures, frustrations and fears.

 


    From the Publisher:
    This book is the culmination of nationally known childbirth author Marilyn Moran's 25 years of wisdom and insight about husband and wife birthing. Peppered with dozens of quotes and research from prominent authors, Moran makes a compelling argument for the necessity of couples to birth their babies alone. Readers will close this book and admit that they cannot simply submit to the impersonal, medical method of childbirth.


 
    This illustrated guide to the powerful Fertility Awareness Method--the exciting natural alternative to present methods of birth control--teaches women to take greater control of their own menstrual and sexual health care and, in the process, reap benefits well beyond their fertility. Illustrations. 8-page color insert.

 

Another excellent book!  The complete guide to informed birth.  Practical guide for couples who want greater responsibility for the birth of their babies at home or in a birth-center.  Sections on hospital options, cesarean prevention, and emotional aspects of birth.   Special sections deal with normal labor and birth, and the most common complications and emergencies including information on ways to deal with them.

 

    This book contains the most comprehensive review of the scientific literature on the safety of home birth and midwifery ever compiled.  It is the most thoroughly documented set of maternity standards ever published.   Author and his wife chose to birth all of their children at home, unassisted. (4th edition, 1997)

 

Exposes the lack of scientific justification for many maternity practices in American hospitals and offers viable alternatives - including safe births outside of the hospital.  This well-documented book is valuable for parents and professionals alike.  The authors birthed all of their children at home, unassisted.
(4th edition, 1992)

 

A positive report on children’s presence at birth, with over 125 photographs.

 

Human reproduction, from conception to birth, with outstanding color photographs. Contains many photographs of life before birth including the explosion of the ripened egg, the “winning sperm,” and the first brain cells. Beautiful book.

 

Great book, very informative. A classic, even better than her first!

 

A must-have for every homebirth couple, whether you plan to birth unassisted or have a midwife present. You never know if you will be one to labor so fast the midwife doesn't make it, so its good to be ready with a handy how-to guide. It addresses the most common complications with how to handle them. Written by a doctor for police officers/first responders to keep in their vehicles for those rare occasions they are called upon to help a birthing woman.

 

Book Description
Anyone working to improve the childbearing experience and help women avoid unnecessary intervention has encountered numerous "obstetric myths" or "old doctors' tales." And while the evidence in the medical literature may be solidly, often unequivocably, against whatever "the doctor said," without access to that evidence, the pregnant woman is quite reasonably going to follow her doctor. This book is an attempt to make the medical literature on a variety of key obstetric issues accessible to people who lack the time, expertise, access, or proximity to a medical library to research concerns on their own. This compact, accurate, yet understandable reference is designed for people without medical training and organized for easy access.

 

A guide to movement in pregnancy, birth, and the postnatal period helps women develop all their bodily resources for labor and birth. Covers pregnancy, childbirth, and the postnatal period: stretching exercises; breathing and massage; descriptions of each stage of labor and delivery; and an up-to-date resource section. Has a chapter dealing with yoga-based exercises, if you are interested in yoga. (I am not, but I found the rest of the book very informative.)

 

Answers many of the commonly asked questions about water birth. Provides the details of parental and midwife preparation; labor and birth; and danger signals that must be heeded. Includes a wealth of information, personal testimony and instructions for those who choose waterbirth.

 

An irreverent critique of established medical practice; how to guard against the harmful impact of doctors, drugs, and hospital. A classic.

 

My childcare BIBLE! Excellent medical information for the natural-minded parent.





General birth-preparation reading

PREGNANCY, CHILDBIRTH, AND THE NEWBORN - Simkin, Whalley, and Keppler - Information for parents to develop their own way of giving birth. Reflects the latest changes in obstetric technology, offers new coping strategies, covers pregnancy, childbirth, and newborn care; fetal and maternal development; nutrition, health and exercise during pregnancy; relaxation and comfort during labor and birth; and postpartum care.

BIRTHING FROM WITHIN - Pam England and Rob Horowitz - I have not read this book, but it comes highly recommended by Kathleen, who writes: "It is so good! It is not from a Christian perspective, but not "new-agey' enough to be offensive either. I knew I would like it when she started the book by saying she does not have couples bring pillows to her classes because she does not want to advance the myth that labor is something to be done lying down. She doesn't teach breathing patterns or raise false hopes about how great it will all be if you just "relax enough." She acknowledges that birth experiences can cover a wide range and still be normal. I found her to be very realisic and down to earth about birth. She encourages journaling and art to work through any mindsets which need to be changed about birth. She also has some very unique exercises to help deal with pain, different from any other book I have read. She is pro-home birth, pro-natural birth, pro-water birth."


BIRTH WITHOUT VIOLENCE - Fredrick Leboyer - Poetic and powerful plea to make birth more peaceful for the vulnerable, sensitive newborn. Examines the birth process through the eyes of the newborn.

SPIRITUAL MIDWIFERY - Ina May Gaskin - Home births on a farm commune, with instructions for midwives, and many birth stories. Written from an unassisted-birth perspective, then these people later became midwives. (Uses a lot of hippie-type language and has new-age influences. May be offensive to some Christians.)


OPEN SEASON - Nancy Wainer Cohen - A survival guide for natural childbirth and VBAC in the 90’s. An informative, irreverent, readable book written to lower our culture’s reliance on cesarean section and to return the responsibility for childbirth to women.

SILENT KNIFE - Cohen and Estner - Powerful, impassioned critique of the growing reliance on cesarean, and strategies to prevent needless cesareans. Comprehensive and timely, written with humor and some indignation.

BIRTH AS AN AMERICAN RITE OF PASSAGE - Robbie Davis-Floyd - In-depth analysis of the technocratic model of birth, its cultural variations and alternatives.

LYING IN - Richard and Dorothy Wertz - Effects of the medical way of childbirth from Colonial times to the present. Documents the takeover of birth by the obstetrical system, and the effects of the hospital way of childbirth.

IMMACULATE DECEPTION II : BIRTH & BEYOND - Suzanne Arms - A complete rewrite and update of Arm’s classic critique of how childbirth is managed in the U.S. and ways to change them.

The Joy of Natural Childbirth (1984)

Infant Massage: The Power of Touch (video)


                 
    
Vaccination information

Immunizations : The Terrible Risks Your Children Face That Your Doctor Won't Reveal

Immunization Theory Vs. Reality: Expose on Vaccinations

A Shot in the Dark : Why the P in the Dpt Vaccination May Be Hazardous to Your Child's Health



Natural Home Health Care

Natural Medicine for Children : Drug-Free Health Care for Children from Birth to Age Twelve : A Practical, Comprehensive Guide to Herbs, Homeopathy

Homeopathic Medicine for Children and Infants

Homeopathic Medicine at Home: Natural Remedies for Everyday Ailments and Minor Injuries

Beyond Antibiotics : Boost Your Immunity and Avoid Antibiotics

Healing Childhood Ear Infections : Prevention, Home Care, and Alternative Treatment

Smart Medicine for a Healthier Child : A Practical A-To-Z Reference to Natural and Conventional Treatments for Infants and Children

The Doctors Book of Home Remedies for Children

The Doctors Book of Home Remedies for Women

The Complete Book of Natural & Medicinal Cures : How to Choose the Most Potent Healing Agents for over 300 Conditions and Diseases

Prescription for Nutritional Healing: A Practical A-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food Supplements

Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, Revised 2nd Edition

The Natural Pharmacy : From the Top Experts in the Field, Your Essential Guide to Vitamins, Herbs, Minerals and Homeopathic Remedies

The Healing Power of Herbs : The Enlightened Person's Guide to the Wonders of Medicinal Plants

Natural Alternatives to Over-The-Counter and Prescription Drugs

The Holistic Pediatrician : A Parent's Comprehensive Guide to Safe and Effective Therapies for the 25 Most Common Childhood Ailments


 Music for Pregnancy and Beyond

UltraSound - Music for the Unborn Child

Mozart for Mothers-to-be - Lullabies for Mother and Child

The Mozart Effect - Music for Babies

Baby Dance - A Toddler's Jump on the Classics

Baby Sleep - 24 tracks to soothe you into slumber

Classical Baby: Mozart - Sleepy Time

Classical Baby: Mozart - Awake Time

Baby Mozart-Music to Stimulate

Beethoven for Babies - Brain Training for Little Ones

Build Your Baby's Brain - Through the Power of Music

Baby needs Mozart

Infantastic Lullabyes on Video, V. 2 (1993)

 
Pregnant Keychain

Pregnant Keychain

The Pregnant Keychain.The keychain is clear in color and about 5 inches tall.




        



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