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Buy It Now! Special Delivery
by Rahima, Baldwin

For parents-to-be who are considering home birth, Special Delivery is an excellent resource. Written by midwife Rahima Baldwin Dancy in the '70s and updated in 1986, this book covers the benefits of home births; gives details on how to have a home birth, including pregnancy preparations; and coaches participants on specific ways they can help the mother. The easy-to-comprehend-in-the-middle-of-a-crisis details on what can go wrong, what to do, and when to bring the mother to the hospital are outstanding. The flavor and photographs of Special Delivery are a bit outdated, but the information is still vital and very helpful.
Buy It Now! The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth
by Sheila Kitzinger, Marcia May

An updated edition (it's been seven years since the previous publication) of Kitzinger's must-have compendium for expectant mothers offers new insights into having a healthy pregnancy and what's happening in today's birthing rooms. Like other reliable sources, Kitzinger's book gives women (and their partners) an in-depth look at both the baby's and the mother's physical and emotional development during pregnancy. But no other source offers such a complete and educated look at childbirth choices for mothers-to-be. More than 500,000 copies of this title have been sold since 1980, but it is obvious that the author has not rested on her laurels; rather, she has thoroughly re-researched all aspects of childbirth, updating the reader on current trends in hospitals and women's health centers across the country--as well as in other countries, where appropriate. Along with Penelope Leach's Your Baby & Child (also published by Knopf and last updated in 1989), every library should be sure that its collection contains several copies of this exhaustive, thoughtful work. Mary Frances Wilkens
Buy It Now! Pregnancy Childbirth and the Newborn : The Complete Guide
by Penny Simkin, Janet Whalley, Ann Keppler

The most complete. It covers all aspects of childbearing from conception through early infancy. It includes information on what to expect during pregnancy and birth and how you can work with your caregivers to make childbirth a happy and healthy experience. The easiest to use. It is well organized for easy reading and quick reference. There are more than 45 charts and 150 photographs and illustrations to clarify the information -- more graphic aids than any other childbirth book. The most up-to-date. It includes the latest information on clinical tests and procedures in pregnancy, childbirth, and early infancy. It also covers concerns regarding the emotional aspects of childbearing, the partner's role, comfort measures, high-risk pregnancies, medications, vaginal birth after cesarean, breastfeeding, and understanding infant behavior.
Buy It Now! Special Women : The Role of the Professional Labor Assistant
by Paulina Perez, Cheryl Snedeker

This guidebook to the potential for wonder in birth grew out of the author's 25 years of pioneering experience (e.g., hospital consultant, perinatal nurse, childbith educator, montrice). To her own experience she has added the cumulative wisdom of 75 families who chose to hire professional labor support, whose descriptions of their experiences enliven and enrich the discussions. The book identifies two primary types of professional labor assistant: the doula and the monitrice. Doulas provide physical and emotional support during birth, but do no assessment of fetal or maternal well-being, whereas the monitrice combines nurturing with clinical skills. For women who desire loving and empowering bith experiences, and for those who would like to devote their professional lives to helping others acheive those goals, this delightful and well-written book is an invaluable resource.
Buy It Now! The Birth Partner : Everything You Need to Know to Help a Woman Through Childbirth
by Penny Simkin

The role of birth partner is a tough one. A birth partner may be expected to help a laboring woman make decisions and help her get through the pain and discomfort of childbirth. During this high-intensity time, the birth partner--whether father, partner, or friend--needs a book that can give thorough information for studying ahead of time, yet can be easily referenced in an emergency or for quick answers during labor and delivery. The Birth Partner fills both needs.
Buy It Now! Mothering the Mother : How a Doula Can Help You Have a Shorter, Easier, and Healthier Birth
by Marshall H. Klaus, Phyllis H. Klaus

A doula is an experienced labor companion who provides continuous emotional support and assistance before, during, and after birth. Through research with over 2,000 women, the authors show that the presence of a doula shortens labor by an average of two hours, decreases cesarean sections by over 50%, decreases the need for pain medication, helps fathers participate, and more.
Buy It Now! A Good Birth, A Safe Birth : Choosing and Having the Childbirth Experience You Want, Third Revised Edition
by Diana Korte, Roberta Scaer

This book is great! Thorough, sensible, and extremely well organized, these knowledgeable authors cover topics of pregnancy, labor, birth, and postpartum care for mother and child in an accessible, very easy-to-follow format. (The Doula) The authors present clear-headed information on everything from finding a birth attendant to questions for the hospital to understanding your feelings about it all.
Buy It Now! Gentle Birth Choices : A Comprehensive Book and Video Guide Making Informed Decisions About Birthing Centers, Birth Attendants, Water Birth, Home birt
by Barbara Harper

I highly recommend purchasing this book/video set as opposed to just the book. The book is wonderful, and will help any pregnant woman make sound, informed decisions on how to approach her individual birth. The video shows the births of several babies-which is wonderful and educational to watch. Both book and video are extremely high-quality and worth every penny you may spend on them. The set is slightly biased against our medical establishment here in the USA, and I do want to warn some of you out there to absorb the information that works for you, and just listen to the rest with an open mind and a grain of salt. The video is what really changed my mind about my approach to the upcoming birh of my son-I strongly recommend this set for every pregnant woman, whether she is interested in natural child-birth or not.
Buy It Now! Spiritual Midwifery
by Ina May Gaskin

The classic book on home birth! The first section details the experiences of parents and midwives during the birth experience. The second seciton is a technical manual for midwives, nurses, and doctors. Includes information on prenatal care and nutrition, labor, delivery-techniques, care of the new baby, and breast-feeding.
Buy It Now! Immaculate Deception II : Myth, Magic & Birth
by Suzanne Arms

If one book were written to convince the world of the medicalization of child birth, Suzanne Arms has done it. I would and have recommended this book to anyone thinking of having a child. This is the truth about birthing. Why hospitals should be avoided, steps the AMA has taken to insure that the mother has a minimal amount of control of the process, why you should make your own choices, what they are, and how to make them. Absolutely wonderful.
Buy It Now! Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way
by Susan McCutcheon, Erick Ingraham

Since the Bradley method was first introduced in 1970, a growing number of expectant parents have opted for natural childbirth, knowing that it's safer than medicated or surgical delivery. But where can parents-to-be go for information on how to have a successful Bradley birth? This book provides all the answers, offering sound advice on how to prepare physically for labor and what to expect during each of its stages. Photos & line drawings.
Buy It Now! Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year (Wise Woman Herbal Series : No. 1)
by Susun S. Weed, Janice Novet

I followed many of the recommendations for herbal relief of symptoms and found great relief in them. I believe the herbs and tinctures recommended in this book helped me achieve my goal of a non-medicated labor and delivery, and my post-partum was eased as well. It is my #1 favorite pregnancy book and I give it to all my friends with a bag of red raspberry leaf for their own infusions and uterine toning routine!
Buy It Now! Birth As an American Rite of Passage
by Robbie E. Davis-Floyd

[Davis-Floyd] is a respectful listener who has encouraged her subjects to speak honestly about a complex experience. Consequently, even skeptical readers of the fascinating stories she has gathered should be prompted to reflect on the meaning of their own or their partners' experience of birth. . . . I admire, without reservation, the generous, critical, passionate spirit that animates this book. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Buy It Now! The Miraculous World of Your Unborn Baby : A Week-By-Week Guide to Your Pregnancy
by Nikki Bradford

Health editor Nikki Bradford takes expectant parents into the secret world of the womb, revealing, week-by-week, how a baby develops and becomes a thinking, breathing child. 200 color photos. 120 illustrations.
Buy It Now! The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding
by Gwen Gotsch, Judy Torgus

Here's the 35th-anniversary edition of the big book on breastfeeding, written by the experts at La Leche League International. The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding is a comprehensive resource guide providing just about everything you need to know about how--and why--to breastfeed your baby. Latch on to this book for step-by-step guides to early months, common concerns, problems, and weaning. Additional sections on general nutrition, sleep issues, going back to work, discipline, and fathering are useful for all breastfeeding mothers. Unfortunately the black-and-white photos are not always as clear as they should be, and the informative line-drawings are too scarce.
Buy It Now! Breastfeeding Your Baby
by Sheila Kitzinger, Sheila, Nancy Durrell McKenna

This instant classic, first published in 1989, is graced with lovely b&w and color photos and clear, sympathetic advice on breastfeeding from birth through weaning. This revised edition contains a question- and-answer section, advice for working mothers, and a list of organizations, products, and helpful addresses and web sites. A new section on drugs and breastfeeding encompasses prescription, recreational, and over-the-counter drugs. Photos depict pink, brown, and tan babies and parents. Book News, Inc.®, Portland, OR
Buy It Now! The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two
by William Sears, Martha Sears

In their excellent (and hefty) resource guide, The Baby Book, attachment parenting specialists William Sears and Martha Sears have provided new parents with their approach to every aspect of baby care basics, from newborns to toddlers. Attachment parenting is a gentle, reasonable approach to parenting that stresses bonding with your baby, responding to her cues, breastfeeding, "wearing" your baby, and sharing sleep with your child. For those parents who worry about negative effects of this attention, the Sears say, "Spoiling is what happens when you leave something (or some person) alone on the shelf--it spoils."
Buy It Now! Methods of Childbirth : The Completely Updated Version of a Classic Work for Today's Woman
by Constance A. Bean

Directing parents through the sometimes confusing array of options now available, Bean provides a wealth of practical knowledge that allows people to have an active part in planning the birth of their baby. 25 drawings.
Buy It Now! An Easier Childbirth : A Mother's Workbook for Health and Emotional Well-Being During Pregnancy and Delivery
by Gayle Peterson

Years from now when we look back on the childbirth reform movement, Gayle Peterson will be called a pioneer. Peterson, the author of "Birthing Normally", was among the first to show the connections between a woman's beliefs and approach to childbirth. An Easier Childbirth is an informative and extremely practical guide that makes childbirth a rewarding experience. The tools provided in An Easier Childbirth simplify this process. Peterson describes techniques for coping with pain, including relaxation and visualization. She explains the importance of having realistic expectations and discusses how mother, baby, and family can bond together following the birth. The book also includes invaluable material on physical exercises, the natural flow of labor, and ideas for transforming fear. I this book to every pregnant woman with whom I consult. An Easier Childbirth may be Peterson's most important work yet, since its workbook format makes the woman's preparation for birth such a personal experience. -----Peggy O'Mara --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
cover Labor of Love Video
by Sherry Turney

Childbirth educator Sherry Turney is a cheerful and knowledgeable guide to the complex--and sometimes intimidating--world of labor and birth. In this four-hour tape, she teaches her two-day course to an actual class, covering signs and stages of labor, exercise and breathing during labor, and hospital procedures for vaginal and cesarean deliveries. She uses a variety of helpful props--including charts, fetal and pelvic models, and often, herself--to demonstrate the various aspects of childbirth. As a doula who has assisted many births, Turney peppers her lessons with plenty of anecdotes that enlighten and prepare viewers to expect the unexpected. When it comes to the often controversial subject of medication, she handles it with neutrality, giving the pros and cons, which is not always the case in actual classes. Finally, Turney conscientiously includes advice for useful participation by coaches throughout the course. This two-tape set comes with an informational pamphlet and is useful both as an at-home reference for those already taking a class and as a refresher course for second-time parents.
cover A Clear Road to Birth
by Judy Seaman

"A Clear Road to Birth", produced and edited by Judy Seaman, is a 56-minute documentary about women who choose to give birth without any medical assistance at all. Watch several women, who have overcome their fears of the commonly held belief that birth is inherently dangerous, give birth ecstatically at home without a doctor or midwife.
cover Hands of Love Seven Steps to the Miracle of Birth
by Dr. Carol J. Phillips

Your book is incredible! I have to have a whole box of kleenex next to me everytime I pick it up. Beautiful photographs, woven in with first hand stories and then bits of technical information..what a job to choreograph. No wonder it took so long to birth this book-baby. I am truly inspired. Although I have done cranial work for years, and worked with pediatric patients for years, I am seriously enraptured with the possibility of becoming a doula. I might not even wait for my next lifetime. Dr. Stacy M. Johnson
Buy It Now! A Tip-Toe Through The Doulas
by Breck Hawk, RN

A Tip Toe Through The Doulas is an expectant's mother's guide to birthing options. It was created from tips, trick, and techniques of over one hundred Birth Professionals across the US and Canada.
Buy It Now! The Man Who Would Be Dad
by Hogan Hilling

When Hilling, an instructor of expectant fathers and the founder of several Orange County fathers' networks, held his newborn son for the first time, it felt "awkward and anticlimactic." Only a few years later he was a stay-at-home dad devoted foremost to nurturing his three sons. In the brief, impressionistic vignettes that make up this tome, Hilling describes how he learned to be a father, shares stories about his kids and offers advice for other dads who may feel nervous or confused about their roles in their children's lives. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
Buy It Now! Birthing From Within
by Pam England

This holistic approach to childbirth examines this profound rite-of-passage not as a medical event, but as an act of self-discovery. Exercises and activities such as journal writing, meditation, and painting are designed to help mothers analyze their thoughts and face their fears during pregnancy.
Buy It Now! Waiting fro Bebe
by Lourdes Alcaniz

Health risks for hispanic mothers, navigating cultural differences, pregnancy myths in Latin culture, Your pregnancy month-by-month and much more
Buy It Now! Mama Means Milk
by Anne Marie Myers

Mama Means Milk is written for mothers and their nursing children, and features families of diverse origin. The lovely watercolour illustrations and simple text will appeal to babies and toddlers, as well as parents and grandparents.
Buy It Now! Preventing and Managing Back Pain During Pregnancy
by Alicia M. Silva

"...provides clear, practical prevent...and manage (back pain)... What a resource for patients and their providers."
Buy It Now! What Babies Say Before They Can Talk
by Paul Holinger, Kalia Doner

Pamela C. Cantor, Ph.D. Harvard Medical School author of Understanding Children and Youth If I could own only one book on parenting and children, What Babies Say Before They Can Talk would be it!
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