Pregnancy is a transformative time for women and their families. Knowledge is power when it comes to pregnancy and childbirth. With so many resources available, it can be hard to know where to start. One great place to begin is with books.
1. "Ina May's Guide to Childbirth" by Ina May Gaskin
Ina May Gaskin is a wealth of information and renowned midwife. In her book, she shares her extensive knowledge and experience from attending hundreds of births. The book covers topics such as preparation for childbirth, stages of labor, comfort measures, and postpartum care. This is an excellent resource for expectant mothers who want to understand the natural process of childbirth and feel more confident and empowered during the experience. This was by far my favorite read during pregnancy!
2. "The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy & Childbirth" by Genevieve Howland
This book provides a comprehensive guide to pregnancy and childbirth. This is a fun way to see how your baby and your body are growing and changing each week. The book discusses a wide range of topics including prenatal nutrition, exercise, birth options, and postpartum care. Plus, I loved the pregnancy affirmations that were included each week!
3. "Real Food for Pregnancy" by Lily Nichols
"Real Food for Pregnancy" provides evidence-based information on the importance of nutrition during pregnancy, some of which may be against the status quo. The book offers practical advice for incorporating nutrient-dense foods into your diet.
4. "Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats" by Sally Fallon Morell and Mary G. Enig
"Nourishing Traditions" is a cookbook that provides an ancestral approach to nutrition, with an emphasis on nutrient-dense, whole foods. The book covers topics such as healthy fats, bone broths, and fermented foods, and provides recipes and meal ideas that are suitable for pregnancy and beyond.
5. "Spiritual Midwifery" by Ina May Gaskin
"Spiritual Midwifery" is a classic book on natural childbirth that provides a holistic approach to pregnancy, birth, and postpartum care. The book covers topics such as prenatal care, stages of labor, and postpartum healing, and offers insights into the spiritual and emotional aspects of the birth experience.
6. "The Birth Partner" by Penny Simkin
The Birth Partner is a guide for birth partners, including spouses, family members, and friends, who want to support expectant mothers during labor and delivery. The book covers topics such as comfort measures, techniques for massages and relaxation, and effective communication with healthcare providers. The book also includes information on medical procedures and interventions, so birth partners can understand what is happening and help advocate for the mother's wishes. *I prefer the 4th edition but it can be difficult to find.
7. "Birthing Without Fear: The Principles and Practice of Natural Childbirth" by Grantly Dick-Read
"Birthing Without Fear" is a classic book on natural childbirth that was first published in the 1940s. The book provides an overview of physiological birth and advocates for a non-medicalized approach to birth.
8. “Vaccines, Autoimmunity, and the Changing Nature of Childhood Illness" by Thomas Cowan, M.D.
This book provides a critical examination of the current state of vaccine science and its relationship to the rising rates of autoimmune and other chronic illnesses in children. The author, Thomas Cowan, M.D., offers a unique perspective on the subject, drawing on both scientific research and his own experience as a pediatrician. The book covers topics such as vaccine ingredients, vaccine efficacy, and the impact of vaccines on the immune system. Expectant mothers who are concerned about the safety and effectiveness of vaccines, as well as the impact of vaccines on childhood illness, will find this book to be a valuable resource.
These books are just a few of the many resources available to expectant mothers who are looking for information and support during pregnancy and childbirth. Whether you are seeking a natural birth, or just want to understand the process and make informed choices, these books are a great starting point. Happy reading!