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August 1st, 2012, 11:52 AM
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Is anyone reading any books on pregnancy, birth or parenting? I know that Brooklynbump read an interesting one a few weeks ago about the French parenting methods (I'm still waiting for my hold turn to come up at the library so I can read it).
I read Birth day: a pediatrician explores the science, the history, and the wonder of childbirth by Mark Sloan, M.D. It was a great book about the transition that takes place from a fetus to an infant during delivery and the first minutes and hours after the birth through the eyes of a pediatrician.
I'm currently reading: Get Me Out, A History of Childbirth by Randi Epstein. I'm reading the first chapter on the OB practices in the middle ages and omg, it's so barbaric.
I'd love to hear any good book recs - I read one about the history of pain relief during labor a looooong time ago and I can't find the title but I want to read it again. It was fascinating to read what some women did to avoid the pain - did you know that they used to use Ether to knock women out during the Victorian era? Crazy!
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August 1st, 2012, 01:01 PM
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I've been bad about keeping up with my What to Expect When You're Expecting. I did really good at first, but the last several weeks I've been occupied with other things. I also have my Bradley Method books which I'll start on soon.
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August 1st, 2012, 01:23 PM
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We've been reading Ina May's Guide to Childbirth and the Sears' Pregnancy and Baby books... Just registered for our childbirth class and the instructor is supposed to send us a list of recommended reading so that will be interesting.
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August 1st, 2012, 02:19 PM
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I read every book imaginable while ttc and now haven't really read anything. I followed through like week 9 in one of the week by week books but gave that up to. The only thing now I want to get and read is a hypnobabies homestudy kit so that is probably the last thing I will pick up and read sometime soon here.
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August 1st, 2012, 03:26 PM
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my first pregnancy I read every book I could get my hands on and found out that nothing was really going to prepare me for having a little one. I did like what to expect when you are expecting just to read about the baby's development because it's such a miracle.

I didn't do much for planning the birth or anything like that. No birthing classes because I figured if I really needed to know all that breathing someone would show me how to do it when I got to the hospital. Did I ever do any breathing techniques the whole 16 hours I was in labor? no. not once. and then I ended up a csection. I guess I'm a wing it kind of a person. ha!
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August 1st, 2012, 04:29 PM
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We've been reading Ina May's Guide to Childbirth and the Sears' Pregnancy and Baby books... Just registered for our childbirth class and the instructor is supposed to send us a list of recommended reading so that will be interesting.
I love the Dr Sears books, they are so intuitive and such a great resource to have on the shelf. Have you picked up a copy of the No Cry Sleep Solution? I bet you would love that book if you like Dr Sears.

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I read every book imaginable while ttc and now haven't really read anything. I followed through like week 9 in one of the week by week books but gave that up to. The only thing now I want to get and read is a hypnobabies homestudy kit so that is probably the last thing I will pick up and read sometime soon here.
You'll have to tell me how it is because I'm interested in working on the hypnobabies technique. Are you buying it or getting it from the library? I checked my local library and it doesn't have it.

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my first pregnancy I read every book I could get my hands on and found out that nothing was really going to prepare me for having a little one. I did like what to expect when you are expecting just to read about the baby's development because it's such a miracle.

I didn't do much for planning the birth or anything like that. No birthing classes because I figured if I really needed to know all that breathing someone would show me how to do it when I got to the hospital. Did I ever do any breathing techniques the whole 16 hours I was in labor? no. not once. and then I ended up a csection. I guess I'm a wing it kind of a person. ha!
IKWYM, there is no way to prepare before it actually happens, one of my friends described becoming a mom as shell shock.
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August 1st, 2012, 05:28 PM
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Haven't looked at the No Cry, but my sis sent me a copy of The Happiest Baby on the Block, which (aside from the annoyingly dumbed down writing) has some good tips.
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