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Hello all! I've been lurking here for a while and thought it was time to come out of the woodwork. I am planning my first homebirth (second baby. I have a 3 yr old girl, too) for late sept/early oct. I am very excited about it! I've been doing lots of reading, even rereading my Ina May Gaskin and Henci Goer books. I've also just begun a book called "Pushed" by Jennifer Block, which is so far very good(and my midwife is quoted in it!). I was just wondering what you ladies are or have read to prepare or just learn about home birth in general.
Lots and Lots of birth stories! Books that have birth stories are: The Baby Catcher, Diary of a Midwife, Ina May's Guide to Childbirth, and probably more. I really love birth stories because they tell it how it really happens, not how it SHOULD happen, ya know?
I second Birthing From Within, though I always warn my clients that it can sound kind of fruity and out there (I'm in a really conservative part of the country). I particularly like her chapter on what dad can do, as well as her methods of coping with pain.
I also ask my clients to really focus on relaxing even when it's not convenient. I find that a lot of women don't really know what being totally relaxed feels like, much less HOW to be totally relaxed in the midst of intense pain and emotions. Knowing that can really help a lot and I think relaxation is KEY, but I don't suggest using any particular childbirth method to learn relaxation. I think its something that can be learned on your own and that its more empowering to do it on your own. If you find your having trouble with it, go get a massage or take a yoga class or two and you'll know what total relaxation feels like at the end of either of those events. Then work to replicate that feeling in weird settings (at the movie theater, when your toddler is screaming, when you feel sick to your stomach, or when you want to rip your Dh's head off).
Charlotte, midwife mama to Samuel and Atley, mourning the loss of our "March Baby"
I read "THANK YOU, DR. LAMAZE" in preparation for each of my births. To me it is VERY helpful and a great read to boot!!!
Also...LOTS and LOTS of positive natural birth and water birth stories. Nothing gets you excited more than reading those!
Looking forward to reading "BORN IN THE USA". Now THAT should be interesting!
ESTHER GRACE WAS BORN ON MARCH 23RD, 2009: 4:15 PM, 9 POUNDS, 20.5 INCHES. ANOTHER WONDERFUL HOME WATER BIRTH!!!
The world today is upside down because there is so very little love in the home, and in family life. We have no time for each other. Everybody is in such a terrible rush, and so anxious…and in the home begins the disruption of the peace of the world. -Mother Teresa~
Ina Mae Gaskin is on my list too. One of the best things I did was stay glued to the internet and read every homebirth story I could find. It really helped me get mentally prepared. I also LOVE Baby Catcher (actually my all-time favorite book! )
Mom to James 3/27/05 & Samuel 3/26/08