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May 28th, 2007, 08:29 AM
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Share a few of your tips on preparing for your natural birth! Books that you recommend, exercises, foods, herbs, whatever you can think of! Please share!
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May 28th, 2007, 01:11 PM
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The must have Book: Gentle Childbirth Choices by Barbara Harper!
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May 28th, 2007, 04:49 PM
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I have the following on my must read list

“The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth” by Henci Goer
“Guide to Childbirth” by Ina May Gaskin
"Natural Chilbirth the Bradley Way" by Susan McCutcheon

I've found that reading helps me feel more prepared and empowered. I've also found that reading birth stories and talking with others who have had a natural birth is very comforting. Sometimes if I feel scared or overwhelmed just reading on this board or pulling out one of my books will calm me right down!
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May 28th, 2007, 07:25 PM
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“Guide to Childbirth” by Ina May Gaskin
"Natural Chilbirth the Bradley Way" by Susan McCutcheon[/b]
I agree with these two books the most. Knowledge is power.
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May 29th, 2007, 02:10 PM
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I LOVE Ina May! Her books are WONDERFUL! She gives tips and exercises for the body to prepare for childbirth. She is great.

Raspberry tea
Pregnancy Tea

TURKEY TURKEY TURKEY!!!!!!!! Eat your turkey ladies! W/e it is that is in it that makes you sleepy relaxes you and in turn relaxes your uterus and it can cause you to go into labor. This is why many women go into labor at night because they are relaxed and not fighting their bodies.

My dh was born on Thanksgiving. His mama went into labor AS SOON AS she set down her fork. I'm not kidding.
My SIL (dh's sister) went into labor Thanksgiving night with her son. Christmas of 2005 was when my niece was born from the same SIL. My inlaws celebrate on the eve, so about 30 minutes after she was done eating her turkey dinner, she went into labor. She looked at me and said "uh oh...Jackie?" LOL! I timed the first contraction and told her "this is it!" HAHAHA.....I ate turkey so much at the end, but it didn't work for me Oh well..
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May 29th, 2007, 06:31 PM
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My tips are to read highly recommended natural childbirth books and to come to JM and visit the NCB. That's what I did and I had a successful natural labor and birth.


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May 30th, 2007, 04:49 AM
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The best thing I did to prepare was read everything I could get my hands on. Since it was several yrs between the time I wanted to have children and did, I read a TON! Reading birth stories online was really helpful. I especially enjoyed stories from women who had natural homebirths or unassisted births because it helped me gain confidence in my body's ability to give birth. My response went from cringing when I first started reading to feeling like I couldn't wait because I was so excited. One of the lesser known books that was very helpful to me was Active Childbirth. Of course, I also loved Ina Mae Gaskins, Sheila Kitzinger, and a lot of the other popular midwife authors. My all time favorite book (fiction or non-fiction) is Baby Catcher--it reads like a novel. HTH!
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June 1st, 2007, 05:57 AM
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prenatal yoga classes. They help with proper breathing and help to keep your body strong. If you get a good instructer, she'll also give you tips for when you're in labor.
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