Monthly archives:August 2015

  • Reading together

     

    • Up The Duff: The Real Guide To Pregnancy Book by Kaz Cooke, 1999.  This will appeal to you if you want a light-hearted look at pregnancy, birth and babies.

     

    • Men At Birth by David Vernon 2006.  Full of stories written by men, for men, about their birth experiences.

     

    • Hello Baby by Jenni Overend & Julie Vivas, 1999.  Read how one family celebrate the birth of a baby at home with warmth, honesty and joy.  A beautiful book.

     

    • Optimal Foetal Positioning by Jean Sutton & Pauline Scott, 1996.  Suggests ways to help align the baby in utero in the maternal pelvis before labour starts.

     

    • The Business Of Being Born by Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein , 2007.  This film interlaces intimate birth stories with surprising historical, political and scientific insights and shocking statistics about the current American maternity care system.

     

    • Expecting Adam:  A True Story of Birth, Rebirth, and Everyday Magic by Martha Beck, 2000.  A story about a couple’s second child who has Down syndrome and what they learned and unlearned.

     

    • The Pink Kit by Wintergreen & Common Knowledge Trust, 2007.  A multimedia kit includes tips on how to prepare your birthing body; childbirth skills using information from women of different cultures, religions and socio-economic backgrounds.

     

     

  • Pregnant woman in cozy jumper reading about child birth

    • Birthing From Within by Pam England & Rob Horowitz, 1998. An in-depth focus on birthing and self. An excellent read.

     

     

    • A Labour Of Love: An Australian Guide to Natural Childbirth by Gabrielle Targett, 2006.  The book covers topics such as: preparing for a positive birth experience, planning ahead, siblings at birth, being physically fit, special pregnancy issues, the power of pregnancy and labour hormones, and pain relief.

     

    • 25 Ways To Awaken Your Birth Power by Danette Watson & Stephanie Corkhill Hyles, 2004.  This book and CD cover visualization, affirmation, breathing exercises and relaxation as preparation and inspiration for the body, mind and spirit.

     

     

    • Birth Skills by Juju Sundin & Sarah Murdoch, 2007.  This book, based on the classes taught by Sundin, a well known physiotherapist and childbirth educator in Sydney, will help pregnant women understand what is happening to their body during labour, particularly dealing with pain.

     

    • Childbirth Without Fear: The principles and practice of natural childbirth by Grantly Dick-Read, 2004.  Explores the emotional journey of childbirth, offering reassuring and confirming reflections of your ability to birth and trust.  An old and fabulous classic.

     

    • Gentle Birth Choices – Book and DVD by Barbara Harper, 2005.  Very soothing, spiritual guide to birthing that helps parents to plan a meaningful, family-centred birth experience. The DVD blends interviews with midwives and physicians and shows six births, including water birth, home birth, and vaginal birth.

     

     

    • The Water Birth Book by Janet Balaskas, 2004.  Based on 15 years of working with water births, the book is packed with inspiring stories.