reading

Suggested Reading

Let’s face it, this is an exciting time! Lots of new things to learn, lots to explore! One of the first things new parents do, sometimes even before they’re

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actually pregnant, is hit the shelves and begin reading everything they can get their hands on about babies and pregnancy. We all want to know __everything__ about this special time, be informed consumers, learn it all so we can be the best parents we can be.

Before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s stop for a minute and think about the types of things we are reading to prepare ourselves. There is plenty of information out there that is just plain scary. Considering that 95% to 98% of pregancies are perfectly normal when not meddled with, why should we all be filling our minds with thoughts and images, even the mere idea, of complications that are rare in even the other 3% to 5%?

Words and thoughts are powerful and profoundly affect our every day experiences and beliefs. Equally significant is the harm that is created by the negative energy of the confusing, harsh, and frightening words of conventional birthing. The words we read set off a chain of feelings, beliefs, and reactions that can be uplifting, encouraging and supportive– or totally debilitating. 

Books

Here are a few titles to start invoking the law of harmonious attraction:

HypnoBirthing: A natural approach to a safe,
easier, more comfortable birthing

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth

Spiritual Midwifery

Hey! Who’s Having This Baby Anyway?

Childbirth without Fear: The Principles and Practice of Natural Childbirth

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding

So That’s What They’re For!

Sharing Birth: A Father’s Guide to Giving Support During Labor.

The Secret Life of the Unborn Child

Baby Catcher: Chronicles of a Modern Midwife

Home Birth: A Practical Guide

It’s Conceivable: Hypnosis for Fertility

Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding by Ina May Gaskin

Calm Birth: New Method for Conscious Childbirth


Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year


Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering: A Doctor

DVDs & CDs:

Prenatal Parenting

What Babies Want DVD ~ Noah Wyle, Joseph Chilton Pearce

Birth As We Know It

Birth Day DVD ~ Naoli Vinaver Lopez

UltraSound – Music for the Unborn Child ~ Johann Sebastian Bach

Orgasmic Birth DVD ~ 11 Mothers

Prenatal Vinyasa Yoga & Short Forms 2 DVD Set DVD ~ Jennifer Wolfe

Pilates During Pregnancy, Vol. 1 DVD ~ Niece Pecenka

Breastfeeding: How-To DVD ~ Real Families

Comfort Zone ~ Steven Halpern