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Best books for home birth preparation?

What were the most helpful books you found on home births? Not even pregnant yet with my 3rd, but starting the research early ;-)

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Asked by LaMamadeMaya at 3:52 PM on Aug. 26, 2010 in Pregnancy

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  • There aren't really any that don't read like a feminist manifesto.

    Ina May's is really what is out there.

    See if there is a home birth meet up group in your area. That was an amazing resource for me and DH.

    Answer by ecodani at 3:56 PM on Aug. 26, 2010

  • i was going to say ina may's guide. :) i think sheila kirtzinger has one. :D

    Answer by Stefanie83 at 3:59 PM on Aug. 26, 2010

  • I'm sure the library has a variety of them and it's free too.


    Answer by musicmom08 at 4:10 PM on Aug. 26, 2010

  • I loved Ina May Gaskin's Guide to Childbirth. Definitely a must-read.

    Answer by arouthier at 4:38 PM on Aug. 26, 2010

  • Childbirth without Fear by Grantly Dick-Read

    Answer by BluDog at 6:24 PM on Aug. 26, 2010

  • I second Ina May's also Birthing From Within by Pam England and Rob Horowitz.

    Spiritual Midwifery is good but it's more intervention promoting than I'd like.

    The Holistic Midwifery textbooks are awesome, but they are text books. I don't know how in depth you want to go, these are very detailed. If you're planning an unassisted I'd get these but if you're having a midwife it's not necessary.

    Answer by jupiter84 at 7:52 PM on Aug. 26, 2010

  • Also join the group Birth Is Normal here on CM. The ladies in there are very supportive and extremely knowledgeable.

    Answer by jupiter84 at 7:52 PM on Aug. 26, 2010

  • Ina May and Birthing from Within are both AWESOME.

    Answer by musicpisces at 2:23 AM on Aug. 27, 2010

  • Childbirth Wisdom.


    Answer by Roadfamily6now at 8:51 PM on Aug. 27, 2010

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