This is an excellent book that I really enjoyed reading prior to getting pregnant – its a great read, very informative but you will need at least 6 months of implementation before you start trying to fall pregnant. Ideally, this is a great one to read with your partner if you can get them involved as so much of it relates to you both.
The Down to Earth Birth Book is a practical guide to natural birth in any setting, promoting self-nurturing, responsibility and awareness to help create a conscious birth and parenting experience. This is a ‘grass roots’ book that celebrates the innate intelligence of mind, body and spirit in relation to birth.
The pictures in the book are also really beautiful and inspiring and it is filled with gorgeous affirmations that you can use in preparation for your birth.
What to expect when you’re expecting – by Heidi Murkoff,
The pregnancy guide that reassuringly answers the concerns of mothers-to-be and fathers-to-be, from the planning stage to your child’s first few weeks. Featuring a week-by-week look at the growth of your baby and complete chapters on pregnancy lifestyle, preconception, carrying twins – and much more.
This was one of my favourites, its an empowering read filled with excellent information that goes back generations.
“Renowned for her practice’s exemplary results and low intervention rates, Ina May Gaskin has gained international notoriety for promoting natural birth. She is a much-beloved leader of a movement that seeks to stop the hyper-medicalization of birth—which has lead to nearly a third of hospital births in America to be cesarean sections—and renew confidence in a woman’s natural ability to birth.
Upbeat and informative, Gaskin asserts that the way in which women become mothers is a women’s rights issue, and it is perhaps the act that most powerfully exhibits what it is to be instinctually human. Birth Matters is a spirited manifesta showing us how to trust women, value birth, and reconcile modern life with a process as old as our species.”