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‎”If I don’t know my options, I don’t have any.” ~ Diana Korte

“Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood. “

~Marie Curie

When you are informed, you can make the best choice about you and your baby... read, study, pray, choose!

Birth Education: Books & Sites

Gentle Birth Gentle Mothering

Dr. Sarah Buckley and Ina May Gaskin set the record straight about how parents can best make informed descisions about their health and the health of their baby. Research and modern studies support best practices and best outcomes for pregnancy, birth and parenting! A MUST READ!

Ina May's Guide to Childbirth

Birthing Stories/Guide to Childbirth with studies and explanations about pros and cons of epidurals, c-sections, all types of medical options for childbirth.

Hypnobirthing: The Natural Approach to Safer, Easier, More Comfortable Birthing

HypnoBirthing® has gained momentum around the globe as a positive and empowering method of childbirth. Here's why: HypnoBirthing helps women to become empowered by developing an awareness of the instinctive birthing capability of their bodies. It greatly reduces the pain of labor and childbirth; frequently eliminates the need for drugs; reduces the need for cesarean surgery or other doctor-controlled birth interventions; and it also shortens birthing and recovery time, allowing for better and earlier bonding with the baby, which has been proven to be vital to the mother-child bond.  What's more, parents report that their infants sleep better and feed more easily when they haven't experienced birth trauma. 

HypnoBirthing founder Marie Mongan knows from her own four births that it is not necessary for childbirth to be a terribly painful experience.  In this book she shows women how the Mongan Method works and how parents can take control of the greatest and most important event of their lives.

So, why is birth such a traumatic event for so many women? And why do more than 40% of births now end in cesarean section, the highest percentage in history? The answer is simple: because our culture teaches women to fear birth as a painful and unsettling experience. Fear causes three physical reactions in the body―tightening of the muscles, reduced blood flow to the birthing muscles, and the release of certain hormones―which increase the pain and discomfort of childbirth. This is not hocus-pocus this is science.

Birthing from Within

Here is a holistic approach to childbirth that examines this profound rite-of-passage not as a medical event but as an act of self-discovery. Exercises and activities such as journal writing, meditation, and painting will help mothers analyze their thoughts and face their fears during pregnancy. For use during birth, the book offers proven techniques for coping with labor pain without drugs, a discussion of the doctor or midwife’s role, and a look at the father’s responsibilities. Childbirth education should also include what to expect after the baby is born. Here are baby basics, such as how to bathe a newborn, how to get the little one to sleep, and tips for getting nursing off to a good start. Pregnancy, birth, and postpartum are a process of continuous learning and adjustment; Birthing From Within provides the necessary support and education to make each phase of birthing a rewarding experience.

Natural Birth the Bradley Way

A guide to natural childbirth, with coping skills and relaxation methods to use during labor.

Am I a Good Candidate for Homebirth? Website

Great resource for all your home birth questions!

Midwife Schooling: What's the difference between a CNM, CPM and CM?

Learn more about the different types of midwives and what each has to offer.

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