------------------------------------------------------------------------------I won't lie. I spent more time picking over the details of Henry's bedding and "coming home from the hospital" outfit than I did learning about pregnancy and childbirth.
My plan: No induction. IV narcotics. Epidural. No episiotomy. Don't wipe him off. Breastfeed.
But, I didn't learn about normal birth. I didn't understand why pushing flat on my back is physiologically incompatible with giving birth. I didn't understand how IV fluids can hinder breastfeeding. I didn't know that electronic fetal monitoring does not improve birth outcomes.
Trust me. There was a lot I didn't know.
And I was okay with that. I trusted my doctors.
But, with Liza's birth, I was an active participant in my pregnancy and delivery. I read. And, I googled. And, then I read and googled a little more.
Fact: Educating yourself in normal birth is the #1 way to ease childbirth fears.
From the comfort of you own couch, for your googling pleasure........
Ina May's Guide to Childbirth, Ina May Gaskin
Spiritual Midwifery, Ina May Gaskin
The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth, Henci Goer
Husband-Coach Childbirth, Robert Bradley
Hypnobirthing: The Mongan Method, Marie Mongan
Birthing From Within, Pam England
The Birth Partner, Penny Simkin
Business of Being Born
Pregnant in America
Birth Without Fear
Navel Gazing Midwife
Woman to Woman Childbirth Education
Bellies and Babies
The Well-Rounded Mama
Stand and Deliver
Science and Sensibility
ICAN -- International Cesearean Awareness Network
Homebirth: Midwife Mutiny in South Australia
The Bradley Method
DONA -- don't forget about your doula! What's a doula? Read this.
Natural Childbirth Stories
Mama Birth's Birth Stories
Giving Birth Naturally
****If you have any books, blogs or websites you think I should add to my list, please leave a comment with your suggestion!
****And, because I know I have plenty of birth junky mamas reading my messy little blog, I present to you a Mr. Linky for YOUR birth stories! If you have multiple birth stories on your blog, please submit a new Mr. Linky form for each link. Cut and paste the address to the specific post containing your birth story, rather than your blog address.
And, trust me. I am a fool for a birth story. I look forward to reading your story!