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September 3rd, 2011, 08:19 PM
liza17's Avatar Regular
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I am looking for a book to read about natural childbirth and natural pregnancy. I eat all organic and work out. Just looking for a book that might help me not want to get the epidural the next time I give birth...

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September 4th, 2011, 12:00 AM
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Ina May Gaskin's Guide to Childbirth, and Pushed by Jennifer Block. Can't recommend them highly enough! The first is very positive and pro-natural birth; the latter is very negative and anti-induction/forced C-section/medicalization of birth. If you're going for a natural childbirth, I think it's useful to read it from both angles.

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September 4th, 2011, 09:55 PM
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The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth- Henci Goer
Adventures in Natural Childbirth (if you like birth stories, I loved them)
A lot of women recommend Birthing From Within- it was too far out there for me

Momma to Brynn 10/2/2002 (midwife at hospital)
Emme 5/26/2008 (midwife at freestanding birth center)
Pierce 11/28/2009 (midwife at freestanding birth center)
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September 5th, 2011, 08:06 PM
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I second Ina May Gaskin's Guide to Childbirth

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September 13th, 2011, 08:33 PM
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Adventures in Natural Childbirth is a great book. I did not have a completely natural birth but read this book beforehand and appreciated all of the first hand accounts.
I second checking out some of the other ladies suggestions!
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October 11th, 2011, 09:29 AM
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Ina May's book is golden, but my favorite is Baby Catcher by Peggy Vincent. However, it's mostly just birth stories and not really tips/advice on birthing, like Ina Mays. It's a great read, though!
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