I get asked a lot for book recommendations for before pregnancy and beyond. These are top of my list! All of these books are available in the nYn Lending Library or you can purchase them from Amazon by clicking on the pictures below.
Knowing how to chart your cycle is crucial for getting pregnancy quickly. It's also possible to use your charts to determine potential problems. These first two books are amazing! Dr. Shettle's book is also very insightful and can be fun if you are trying for one sex or the other. I successfully used this method to have my girl!
I love this first book because it has lots of pictures. The second encompasses so much information and is also rather colorful. The 3rd book really should be required reading.
If you want facts about pregnancy and stats about birth in America so you can make your own choices, this first book is for you. However, if you don't read any other book during pregnancy I would highly recommend The Birth Partner. It's basically a textbook for birth and has great suggestions for labor. Ina May's book is a combo of empowering birth stories and a crash course in childbirth. I love it!
These books are basically the gold standard for breastfeeding and a must for every nursing mother. Another favorite resource is KellyMom.com!
I wish someone had given me Elizabeth Pantley's book when I was pregnant. There's a lot of great information about infant sleep patterns that I wish I had known in advance. The vaccine book is very informative and there are some awesome techniques in this last book for soothing littles.
Reading is one of my hobbies and I definitely enjoy birth-related books. In 2015, I read two fiction books and three memoirs.
I read almost every book written by Patricia Harman with the exception of Blue Cotton Gown . Her first book, Arms Wide Open, details her journey to midwifery including her adventures in communal living. The Midwife of Hope River was her first fiction work and I loved it. Then I read the sequel, The Reluctant Midwife, which turned out to be my favorite fiction book of the year despite the other 10 works of fiction on my book list. I highly recommend it!
I also finished the last of the Jennifer Worth books, which is what the TV series, Call The Midwife, is based on.
Bundles of Joy was also another good memoir based out of England and it was interesting to see how the hospital and community midwives worked together.
If you are looking for birth books to read, I have a whole list available on my GoodReads account. Check out my birth-related bookshelf with almost 40 titles.
What are some of your favorite birth-related books? I'd love to add more to my list for 2016.
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