Book recommendations for natural labour

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Re: Book recommendations for natural labour

Postby RedRum » 27 Nov 2014, 13:37

Thanks HF - away loads between now and the new year so think meeting up will be tricky bu I have PM'd you. Really appreciate it.
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Re: Book recommendations for natural labour

Postby Brigitte » 28 Nov 2014, 07:03

RedRum wrote:TBrigitte - can identify with lots of your second post. I remember the feeling of being cut when the mw did my episiotomy, but I don't remember actually giving birth, it's all very blurry.


I guess I shared that as both reassurance and word of caution that even in a drug-free, basically uncomplicated and positive birth experience such as mine, this kind of thing can still happen. It is what it is.

I hope you have a fantastic second birth, whatever that means to you!
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Re: Book recommendations for natural labour

Postby junglewonderland » 28 Nov 2014, 12:38

I second Ina May Gaskin's Guide to Natural Childbirth, but my absolute number one top pick is "Birthing From Within" by Pam England. It is a brilliant book written by a midwife and her psychologist partner. She had a terrible experience for her first birth so did a lot of research on overcoming birth trauma and is now a specialist in the area. She had a wonderful second birth and the book tells amazing things about natural birth and has questions and exercises at the end of each chapter to help you work through your fears and issues to prepare for your birth. I loved it and I try and give it to everyone I know having a baby! I also recommend hypnobirthing. I got onto it too late to do a course (and was pretty shocked at the price too!) so I just borrowed a friend's book and CD and practiced religiously every day from 36 weeks. I actually got some sleep while in labour thanks to hypno! I really like the hypno approach to pushing- it pretty much says don't push, the muscles will just do it for you, just relax and let them flow.
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Re: Book recommendations for natural labour

Postby junglewonderland » 28 Nov 2014, 12:39

Oh, and forgot to say, Birthing from Within is chock full of bad first/beautiful second labour stories!
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Re: Book recommendations for natural labour

Postby MumtoMonsters » 28 Nov 2014, 13:14

Check out the Yoga for Pregnancy classes and Active Birth Preparation classes in your area. I did YFP from about 16 weeks for both pregnancies, and the ABP was for 6 or 7 weeks at the end of the pregnancies. Both classes worked out at about £6/wk. NCT courses cost about £250 round here so the classes I took were an absolute bargain. The same lady ran both classes and she was great. As an ex-MW she had all the real life experience you could possible hope for. She did her best to help us prepare for the births we wanted, but remained realistic about what can happed and taught us how to cope with pretty much every eventuality. She also very much stressed that although we'd all like the 'perfect' birth experience what really matters is that there is a healthy mum taking home a healthy baby. I hope you can find someone like Marion.

Oh the other hand, I've got a birth pool up in the loft if you'd like?
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