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    Default Natural Birthing Books

    Hi ladies,

    As there are quite a lot of different books out there regarding different types of ways to achieve a natural birth I'm asking for recommendations from the lovely BH members

    I've booked into do a Peter Jackson Calm Birth class which I will also be given the book for.

    I really wish to achieve a natural drug free birth(all going well of course) and I'm aware to do this I need to research different ways that may work for me

    I think my biggest fear about the birth is that because I know there are "easy" options available I'll give in and request them (this is NOT a dig at anyone who have had drugs or CS!)

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    I'm reading Birth Skills by Juju Sundin at the moment in preparation for #2 after recommendations from a couple of close friends. So far so good. Lots of good ideas and techniques to help get through labour as naturally as possible.

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    Thanks for your reply Moxy, I'll look into that one

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    I like Active Birth by Janet Balaskas. Lots of info on natural birth, labour and birthing positions, waterbirth, pregnancy yoga etc.

    Also really enjoyed Birth without Violence, I think it's by Leboyer. Helps you to look at the process of birth from the babies perspective, I am keen to get my hands on a copy to read again before this bubba.

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    Active Birth is a great book.

    Also, you can't go past Ina May's Guide to Childbirth. My copy was highlighted, folded and worn til it was nearly falling apart when I was pregnant with my second.

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    I second juju's book, it's great. I also read a hypnobirthing book but think the calmbirth course should cover the same stuff.

    Good luck in getting your natural birth!

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    Thanks ladies

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    Anything by Sheila Kitzinger is worth a look too

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    Sarah Buckley is an Aussie GP who has a great book which provides information based on science which supports natural birthing. She talks about the risks/benefits of medical intervention before, during and after birth (induction, pain relief, third stage of labour) and how our body's hormones support natural birthing.

    Less practical than the Birth Skills and Hypnobirthing books, but can help in making informed decisions about medical interventions and helped me discuss these issues with my OBS using medical lingo.

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    I'd be careful of Juju's book if you're doing calm birthing - if it's anything like Hypnobabies, Juju's assumption that your birth will be a painful time goes against what your course will be trying to achieve. I read the first few pages and saw the word pain so many times that it now remains firmly outside my bubble of peace.
    Last edited by becandabub; 08-02-2012 at 14:05. Reason: wording against my Hypnobabies training!


 

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