When asking mamas what they love to read while pregnant, I often hear a few of the same titles. Mother's need not feel compelled to read every book on the market or feel like reading all of the books will lead to an easier birth. The reason for mamas to be reading about birth is to become familiar with it. Learn how a woman's body is made for birth. Learn how babies are born naturally, how interventions work, that there are different ways and locations to give birth. Some of the most common birth books are, Ina May Gaskin's Guide to Childbirth, The Birth Partner, and The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding.
All good books. I would definitely recommend them to clients as helpful information for not only mama but mama's partner as well. However, there are some mamas who feel they don't have enough hours in the day to read all of the books that are recommended. I encourage those who enjoyed the birth stories from Ina May Gaskin's book to delve into the stories shared on the Birth Hour. It can be found on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts.
This podcast features a new mama each week as she details her birth or births. Oftentimes the mamas being interviewed have a background in birth or have since become involved in the birth community as nurses, midwives, lactation educators, and the like. The website offers practical information to mamas who are looking into everything from fertility to loss, natural birth to elective cesarean. I strongly encourage everyone to check it out!