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Reading List

There are a many great texts and story books that can help you in your quest for a more informed and joyous birthing experience.   I will list some of my favourites below.  If there are any that you have found helpful please let me know and I will add it. 

Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year by Susun S. Weed
Excellent resource for all women of childbearing age.  Recipes and ideas on herbs safe and important to use for getting pregnant, staying pregnant, giving birth and post-partum.  Even some nursing recipes in there!

Unassisted Childbirth  by Laura Shanley wonderful uplifting book , as well as great tips on how to have your own unassisted birth.  Laura is researched and thorough.  One of my favourite books.  It marked the turning point for me in deciding on UC.

Spiritual Midwifery   by Ina May Gaskin.  Good stories and an area to help you understand the birthing process, and what to do. Many midwifery schools use this book.  

Pregnancy, Childbirth, and your Growing Latter-day Saint Family  by Kathleen Tooley Johnson.  Great Natural pregnancy and Childbirth book geared to the Latter-day Saint family.  Kathleen's focus on spirituality in pregnancy and birth is a breath of fresh air in a technocratic world.

A Superior Alternative  by Polly Block.  Wonderful book full of valid information on the superiority of homebirth and evidence that proves babies are very aware of their births, that the Spirit is present, when able to be, during birth, and that an informed choice is a good choice.  

Feelings Buried Alive Never Die  by Karol K. Truman.  Beautiful book.  I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to understand more about how feelings related to our general well-being as well as serious health concerns.  Chapter 3 focuses on birth.  A must read for everyone.

Prenatal Yoga and Natural Birth  by Jeannine Parvati Baker.  Wonderful help.

Heart and Hands  by Elizabeth Davis.  Midwifery text.  Very thorough and precise.  Helpful when you need to know what to do, and how to do it!  We kept it nearby when I was in labour with Sinéad. 

The Birth Book  by Polly Block.  Now I haven't personally read this, but as soon as I can get hold of a copy, I am going to add it to my collection of books.  I have heard such great things about it I would venture to say that it is a crucial part of the birthing family's library. 

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