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Further Reading: The ParentLink Bookshelf

Books on Pregnancy

The books here on pregnancy can be ordered directly from amazon.com by clicking on the links. Books available through ParentLink's lending library are noted below the description.

The Best Friends' Guide to Pregnancy
Vicky Iovine

A humorous read that feels like sitting down for a chat with a friend – although a friend who assumes your pregnancy and birth will go a certain way without you having much choice in the matter! Great fun, but little perspective on what you can do to be an active participant in your own pregnancy and birth or to make choices that can change your experience.


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Birthing from Within
Pam England

This book helps you approach pregnancy and birth by exploring deeply your own feelings and concerns about the process. Written in a supportive and down-to-earth style, the books guides you through a range of exercises using writing and drawing to get to the root of fears and see them in a new light, as well as discover ways to build confidence for birth.

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Conception, Pregnancy and Birth
Miriam Stoppard

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Expecting Change: The Emotional Journey through Pregnancy
Ellen Sue Stern

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The Farmer and the Obstetrician
Michel Odent

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A Guide to Effective Care in Pregnancy and Childbirth
Murray Enkin et al.

A fairly technical read, mostly for die-hard information junkies. But for those who are keen, this book compiles the results of the best available evidence on many topics related to pregnancy and birth, explaining what research shows is clearly beneficial for women (such as continuous support during birth and freedom of movement) and what is clearly harmful (such as routine enemas, routine episiotomy, and woman routinely lying on her back for birth). The gold standard of good-quality information.

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Having Twins
Elizabeth Noble

One of the most even-handed, least scare-mongering books available on multiple pregnancy. This book helps parents of twins (or more) understand the options available for pregnancy and birth and feel in control of their choices.

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Heart and Hands
Elizabeth Davis

Written by an experienced midwife, a comprehensive guide to pregnancy and birth combining detailed information on medical practices with extensive tips and insights into the social and emotional sides of pregnancy and birth.

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Hey! Who's Having This Baby Anyway?
Breck Hawk

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Immaculate Deception II
Suzanne Arms

A fascinating, original look at how women's experience of birth has been influenced by medical practices in recent decades, and how women can reclaim a sense of personal confidence and even magic in birth.

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The Joy Of Twins and Other Multiple Births
Pamela Patrick Novotny

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Midwife Wisdom, Mother Love
Sarah James

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Mother's Intention
Kim Wildner

A controversial book that focuses on the role we each play in creating our own reality for birth. Wildner's emphasis is on each person's responsibility for taking the steps necessary to create the birth we want through our choice of place of birth and caregiver, through the attitudes we hold, and through the support we put into place. A hard-hitting book that many women find refreshing and energizing, this book is also controversial in some of the perspectives it brings. Decide for yourself!

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Obstetric Myths versus Research Realities
Henci Goer

A book for research junkies, this book gives abstracts for relevant research studies on many key topics related to birth such as episiotomy, use of epidural anaesthesia, and vaginal birth after caesarean. Each study is explained and critically reviewed, and Goer writes an introduction to each topic spelling out the key ideas and what the medical evidence reveals. Meticulously supported with full references. Not a casual read, but a fascinating one!

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Pregnancy and Childbirth
Sheila Kitzinger

A bible of pregnancy and childbirth, this is comprehensive information and a warm and supportive approach from one of the most revered childbirth authorities in the world.

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Silent Knife
Nancy Wainer Cohen and Lois J. Estner

A forceful book looking at the alarming rise in the number of women having caesareans in recent years, how to reduce your chances of ending up with a caesarean, and how to pursue a vaginal birth after caesarean. Strong opinions here!

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Spiritual Midwifery
Ina May Gaskin

Author Ina May Gaskin is a midwife who has attended births at a farm community in the United States for many years. This book is part birth primer, part storybook, filled with information and tips as well as numerous birth stories. Most are a bit of a blast from the past filled with "hippie" language of making love, not war, but birth is still birth, even if there are lovebeads and long hair involved. A classic of birth literature, filled with inspiring stories.

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The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth
Henci Goer

An accessible, readable book from one of the most well-known proponents of evidence-based care for birth. A guide to what medical evidence shows really is beneficial to mothers and babies and what is not, how to know the difference, and what to do about it.

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Trust Your Body, Trust Your Baby: Childbirth Wisdom and Caesarean Prevention
Andrea Frank Henkart

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Twins! Pregnancy, Birth, and the First Year of Life (2nd edition)
Connie L. Agnew, Alan H. Klein, and Jill Alison Ganon

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When Pregnancy Isn't Perfect: A Layperson's Guide to Complications in Pregnancy
Laurie A. Rich

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Vaginal Birth after Caesarean
Elizabeth Kaufmann

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What's on this month
For all our class dates - pending
Arizona Newly Born & Nearly Born Gathering - pending
Arizona HypnoBirthing Class Starts - Commencing in August 2014
Arizona Childbirth Classes Start - Commencing in August 2014
Arizona Dunstan Baby Language - Included in the Newborn Care and Breastfeeding Class
Infant Massage - Commencing August 2014
 
Information on ...
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