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Books To Read When You Want A Natural Birth

We wanted to break these down for you based on a few things...most read, most preferred, great for husbands, spiritual vs mind body connection...we are breaking them all down for you! It's important to choose realistic books for your birth, if you are focusing on homebirths in the woods but are actually planning to have a hospital birth, you want to make sure you are pairing that all natural instinctual birth reading with books about how to make that happen in a hospital setting. We hope this breakdown helps!
Ina May's Guide to Childbirth

Ina May's Guide to Childbirth

This is a must read for the Natural-Birther, learn to trust your body, trust childbirth and trust your baby. These are all things covered in Ina May's Book • Reducing the pain of labor without drugs--and the miraculous roles touch and massage play
• What really happens during labor
• Orgasmic birth--making birth pleasurable
• Episiotomy--is it really necessary?
• Common methods of inducing labor--and which to avoid at all costs
• Tips for maximizing your chances of an unmedicated labor and birth
• How to avoid postpartum bleeding--and depression
• The risks of anesthesia and cesareans--what your doctor doesn’t necessarily tell you • The best ways to work with doctors and/or birth care providers
• How to create a safe, comfortable environment for birth in any setting, including a hospital
• And much more
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the Mama Natural Week-Be-Week Guide to Pregnancy & Childbirth

The New "What to Expect When You're Expecting" for the modern mom! Natural birther or not, this will cover your whole pregnancy up until baby wearing and everything in between. This is a great flip through and jump to whats relevant type of mom-bible.
Natural Hospital Birth

Natural Hospital Birth by Cynthia Gabriel

Natural Hospital Birth, Updated Edition shows how to apply the guidelines and tactics of natural birth in a hospital setting, where 99% of births take place.

Many mothers-to-be find themselves torn between the desire for a natural childbirth with minimal medical intervention and the peace of mind offered by instant access to life-saving technology that only a hospital can provide. In Natural Hospital Birth, doula Cynthia Gabriel asserts that there is no good reason that women should not be able to have both.

Cynthia shows expectant mothers what they can do to avoid unnecessary medical interventions and how to take initiative and consciously prepare for the kind of birth they want to have. Also included are inspiring stories from other women who know firsthand that natural birth in the hospital is possible. With this book, mothers-to-be will be equipped with the knowledge they need to ensure a satisfying hospital birth that they will look back on with peace and joy.
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A Modern Guide to Pregnancy, Birth, Early Motherhood - and Trusting Yourself and Your Body

INTUITIVE is the first thing that comes to mind, this book is like being wrapped in the blanket of a nurturing and loving doula.

Nurture is the only all-in-one pregnancy and birthing book for modern mothers-to-be and their partners who want a more integrative approach.
Author Erica Chidi Cohen has assisted countless births and helped hundreds of families ease into their new roles through her work as a doula. This beautiful, comprehensive and judgement-free pregnancy companion covers everything from the beginning months of pregnancy to the baby's first weeks. Including supportive self-care and mindfulness exercises, trimester-specific holistic remedies, nourishing foods and recipes for every month of pregnancy along with more than 40 charming and helpful illustrations, and expert tips for every birth environment, it's got everything modern mother would want to know: fetal development, making choices for a hospital, home or birth center birth, the basics of breastfeeding, tips on what to expect postpartum and more.
The Doulas Guide to Empowering Your Birth

The Doulas Guide to Empowering Your Birth

I love this perspective by Lindsey Bliss of Carriage House Birth, her instincts feel similar to those of my own and I love seeing birth through the eyes of a doula. This will help get your birth partners instincts on point and help you both prepare a realistic vision of childbirth

Books To Empower Your Partner

These are our top reads for birth partners. Whether you plan to have your husband, partner, best friend, mom, great aunt, sister or uncle bob in the room you want to make sure they know a bit about birth. Anyone in the room for the most important day of your life needs to also be on board with your entire birth plan so they are there to be helpful. It is not your duty to invite people to your birth because they just want to watch, everyone should serve a common purpose.
the Birth Partner

The Birth Partner - Penny Simkin

Required by almost all doulas before they attend their first birth, I find this book to be detailed and intuitive when it comes to what a birth partner should be doing and what they should expect during every phase of labor and birth. Preparing for labor and knowing when it has begun
Normal labor and how to help the woman every step of the way
Epidurals and other medications for labor
Pitocin and other means, including natural ones, to induce or speed up labor
Non-drug techniques for easing labor pain
Cesarean birth and complications that may require it
Breastfeeding and newborn care and much more
Dude You're Gonna be Dad

Dude, You're Gonna Be a Dad

There are approximately 3,712 ways for a guy to look stupid during pregnancy - this book's here to help you avoid all(most) of them. And here's your first hint: Focus on what you can be doing for her rather than what's happening to her.

She's pregnant. She knows that. You know that. And her 152 baby books tell her exactly what she can expect. Your job is to learn what you can do between the stick turning blue and the drive to the delivery room to make the next nine months go as smoothly as possible. That's where John Pfeiffer steps in.

Like any good coach, he's been through it. He's dealt with the morning sickness and doctor visits, painting the baby's nursery and packing the overnight bag, choosing a name, hospital, and the color of the car-seat cover. All the while he remained positive and responsive - there with a "You're beautiful" when necessary - but assertive during the decision-making process (he didn't want to wind up with a kid named Percy). And now it's your turn. She might be having the baby, but you have plenty of responsibilities. Breastfeeding and newborn care and much more

Specialty Books For Labor

Oils, Massage and Accupressure, HypnoBirthing, Meditation and Herbs, these are the best of the best for all things Natural Birth
Essential Oils for Pregnancy

Essential Oils for Pregnancy Birth and Babies

Induction, Massage, Labor Relief, Postpartum and new Babies, these oils are for just about anything birth and baby!
HypnoBirthing Book

HypnoBirthing - The Mongan Method

A method we teach and believe in, this is the way to getting your rituals and mental blocks in line for a natural birth. If you can conquer your thoughts, you can get to your goals in childbirth and this book is the place to start.
Massage for a Peaceful Pregnancy

Massage For A Peaceful Pregnancy

Great book for birth partners! It's a bit dated but the movements, massages and positions are so helpful during the third trimester! Great dad gift =)
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the Natural Pregnancy Book

Love this book for the herbal remedies for sure!!

Over the last two decades, The Natural Pregnancy Book has ushered thousands of women through happy and healthy pregnancies. Addressing women's health from conception to birth, Dr. Romm describes herbs that can promote and maintain a healthy pregnancy, and allays such familiar concerns as anxiety, fatigue, morning sickness, and stretch marks. She also discusses the components of a healthy diet, with an emphasis on natural foods. New to this edition is integrative health advice based on Dr. Romm's new credentials as a Yale-trained physician, combined with her twenty years of experience as a midwife and herbalist.
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Essential Oils for Mama & Baby

Thousands of moms trust Christina Anthis, better known as The Hippy Homemaker, for reliable, safe methods of using essential oils to treat common ailments and boost general health―naturally. Sharing her most tried-and-true essential oils remedies, The Complete Book of Essential Oils for Mama and Baby is the safest, most effective guide to using essential oils and aromatherapy during pregnancy, delivery, postpartum, and beyond. From morning sickness to backaches, fatigue to anxiety, colic to congestion, The Complete Book of Essential Oils for Mama and Baby provides everything you need to treat your family confidently with essential oils.

Your definitive guide for the therapeutic use of essential oils, The Complete Book of Essential Oils for Mama and Baby offers:

200 Safe and Effective Essential Oils Treatments addressing a range of ailments and concerns before and after baby arrives
Drop Recommendations by Age offer specific guidance for using essential oils with children ages 3-6 months, 6-24 months, 2-6 years, and 6+ years
Detailed Profiles of 30 Versatile Plants provide a comprehensive understanding of the medicinal properties and precautions of essential oils Non-Brand Specific Essential Oils Recipes allow you to use the brand of essential oils you like best
"The most important aspect of [The Complete Book of Essential Oils for Mama and Baby] is its spotlight on the safe use of essential oils, particularly when it comes to treating our children, the most sensitive of beings…”―Essential oils expert and foreword writer, Demetria Clark, founder of Heart of Herbs Herbal School and author of Herbal Healing for Children

Healthy Postpartum

Whatever "healthy" may mean to you, we try to capture it all here. Healthy eating, healthy mind, healthy parenting. These are our top books for our crunchy mamas!
The Magic of Motherhood

The Magic of Motherhood

Motherhood can often feel overwhelming and isolating. Your feelings swing between joy and uncertainty, intense love and anxiety, laughter and tears. Through it all, you ask yourself, Am I the only one who feels this way? From Ashlee Gadd and the writers behind the popular blog Coffee + Crumbs comes a beautiful reminder of your identity, both as a woman and a mother.

In this book, you’ll find heartwarming essays about identity, adoption, body image, miscarriage, friendship, faith, infertility, and more. This curated collection of honest stories weaves together the love, joy, and magnificent heartache of motherhood. Instead of offering advice, the writers offer something even better: their hearts. Essays from Ashlee Gadd of Coffee + Crumbs and its contributors will reassure you that you’re not alone.

This book is a love letter to mothers everywhere; it’s a story about the magic that happens between calm and chaos, the joy that can be found in both beauty and mess, and the valuable lessons we learn about ourselves in between cups of reheated coffee and kitchen tables covered in crumbs. Find a new strength, beauty, and sisterhood you never believed possible in The Magic of Motherhood, an inspiring and encouraging book written for an imperfect, trying-her-best mom just like you.
Breathe Mama Breathe

Breathe Mama Breathe

A “Mom Must-Read”—Parents

A National Parenting Product Award (NAPPA) Winner

Easy-to-follow practices that will help moms find quick, daily opportunities to reset and refocus with mindfulness

Moms can feel as if they are sprinting through life, crashing onto the pillow at day’s end only to start again the next morning. In Breathe, Mama, Breathe, psychotherapist Shonda Moralis outlines the benefits of daily meditation and shows moms how to do it—in just five minutes! Plus, she shares over 60 “mindful breaks” that will help moms tune into their own well-being (along with everyone else’s):

Eat a mindful breakfast—with no phone, TV, or newspaper!
Cuddle your child and take three deep breaths together.
Give yourself a mindful-mommy high five—because moms can use positive reinforcement, too.

Every mom—whether caring for a new baby, an overscheduled grade-schooler, or an angsty teen—can become a mindful mama!
The First Forty Days

The First Forty Days

The first 40 days after the birth of a child offer an essential and fleeting period of rest and recovery for the new mother. Based on author Heng Ou’s own postpartum experience with zuo yuezi, a set period of “confinement,” in which a woman remains at home focusing on healing and bonding with her baby, The First Forty Days revives the lost art of caring for the mother after birth.

As modern mothers are pushed to prematurely “bounce back” after deliver­ing their babies, and are often left alone to face the physical and emotional challenges of this new stage of their lives, the first forty days provide a lifeline—a source of connection, nourishment, and guidance.

The book includes 60 simple recipes for healing soups; replenishing meals and snacks; and calming and lactation-boosting teas, all formulated to support the unique needs of the new mother. In addition to the recipes, this warm and encouraging guide offers advice on arranging a system of help during the post­partum period, navigating relationship challenges, and honoring the significance of pregnancy and birth.