Juju Sundin’s Birth Skills: Proven Pain-Management Techniques for your Labor and Birth- great tools for labor and delivery
Misconceptions by Naomi Wolfe
Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin- An often recommended birth read. This book combines confidence-boosting birth stories in the first half and birth physiology in the second.
Mind Over Labor by Carl Jones- lots of good relaxation techniques and positive messaging
Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way by Susan McCutcheon- A great comprehensive birth book.
So That’s What They’re For! by Janet Tamaro- A humorous light-hearted breastfeeding book that is a good starter read.
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by La Leche League International- La Leche League is responsible for bringing breastfeeding back into American culture and has been especially influential in changing hospital policy.
The Nursing Mother’s Companion by Kathleen Huggins
How to Raise a Healthy Child In Spite of Your Doctor by Robert Mendelsohn- a classic wellness book written in the late 80′s by pediatrician Dr. Mendelsohn. Do you want to have confidence as a mother that you are your child’s first doctor? Want to know what sorts of fevers to ignore, and what sorts of fevers need attention? This is a fabulous book both for information and instilling confidence in a parent’s ability to assess their child without running to the doctor for every little thing. Know when to avoid antibiotics, and when it’s the right tool. Learn wellness strategies. Because of the date of publication there may be some outdated information. Chapter 3 is gold.
Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child by Marc Weissbluth
The Vaccine Book by Dr. Sears- Many parents have questions about the current vaccine schedule. This book goes through each shot, the disease, how it is transmitted, any contraindications to the vaccine and side effects. It is a balanced look at the topic.
It Takes a Parent by Betsy Hart
Protecting the Gift by Gavin de Becker- While the topic of this book is intense (how to protect our children from predators) it is truly empowering on many other levels. Ultimately, do you pay attention to your powerful intuitive instinct and respond accordingly? Do you allow yourself to be controlled by over-hyped fears? I have found this self-knowledge to be helpful in so many situations and that includes advocating for medical care. This is the book to help parents trust their intuitive abilities, to see predatory behaviors before they progress, and to also put certain fears into perspective.
Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler- A life-changing read for me. By learning your fertility signs and ovulation pattern you not only have an excellent guide to your personal health (your menstrual cycle is your wellness friend) you can also be free of all forms of birth control. Hormones and IUDs all carry risks. (The old-school diaphragm maybe deserves to make a comeback.)
The Wisdom of Menopause by Christiane Northrup- Dr. Northrup has long been an advocate of women’s health and wellness and is a commonly seen contributor to natural childbirth documentaries. I like to read about topics that will affect me before they affect me, so I have an interest in learning about what physical changes to expect during perimenopause and menopause. This was a great read. Ever since reading this book I’ve been haunted by her statement: Grow or Die. If we don’t continue to challenge ourselves and grow, middle-age is a period of life when degenerative diseases take hold. It is so important to tune into our bodies, take care of them and to always grow in mind, body, and spirit.
– My newest favorite youtube listen: All of Dr. Tent’s lectures. The Exploding Autoimmune Epidemic: Dr Tent- It’s Not Autoimmune, you have Viruses