The number one most important thing to do if you want a natural childbirth is to educate yourselves. Know what to expect and it will lessen fear and pain. Here are some must read books about natural childbirth.
Five Must Read Books About Natural Childbirth
1. Husband Coached Childbirth
Hands down, the absolute number one read for any and all expectant parents. Husband Coached Childbirth is written by Dr. Robert Bradley, the founder of The Bradley Method. He, along with his patients, changed birth across the nation for the better. Without Dr. Bradley and fighting to get husbands in the room, we would still be practicing the “knock em out, drag em out” method of heavily medicated birth without the father present. It is conversational and easy to read, but also very informative for both mother and father.
2. Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth
If you have never heard of her, Ina May is one of the most famous midwives in the country. She is a genius in all things birth and you can read more into her story here. Ina May Gaskin, MA, CPM, PhD is founder and director of the Farm Midwifery Center. Her book is full of her personal experience and dozens of birth stories. Every story highlights the differences of each birth and many possibilities.
3. The Baby Book
Toss that copy of “What to Expect when You’re Expecting” in the fireplace and pick up this book instead. It presents practical information relevant to today’s times and focuses on the primary needs of every baby: eating, sleeping, development, health and comfort. The greatest concerns of today’s parents are discussed. Basic guidance helps you develop a parenting style that best fits your family and your child.
4. A Child is Born
For all of you who love visualization, this book was made for you. Bright, beautiful pictures depict fetal development, the human body and birth itself. It is very well written and helps bring words to life with stunning photography. If you are interested in having your children attend the birth of their sibling, this would be a great resource to walk them through what is happening and what to expect when the time comes.
5. A Womanly Art of Breastfeeding
If you have not heard of the La Leche League, you need to connect with your local chapter. The book touches on birth, but the primary focus is preparing women for breastfeeding and giving that continued support postpartum. It is extremely important to be knowledgeable about breastfeeding before baby is born so issues can be recognized immediately if they arise. I also highly encourage attending at least one La Leche League meeting locally while pregnant. Their information and support is invaluable.
In addition to all these amazing books, I’ve included a few extras. Also, reading positive birth stories is critical. Knowing experiences of other women helps you mentally prepare for birth. Lucky for you, we only offer positive birth stories here. You can read some here.
Do you know any other must read books about natural childbirth? Comment below! I would love to check them out.