My (very) short list of Pregnancy, Birth and Breastfeeding books…
Having a reading list when you’re pregnant is not something I take lightly. I mean, as if you don’t have enough on your plate that you need 10 books to read as well. And there are SO many of them. AND everyone has their own opinion of the ones that you absolutely must read, so it’s difficult knowing where to start. The truth of the matter is… you don’t HAVE to read anything!! I know crazy, right. BUT when it comes to birth I am a believer that birthing without preparation and education is a little bit like waking up tomorrow and trying to wing running a marathon.
The same goes for breastfeeding…personally I strongly believe in educating yourself and not winging it. For some women this can work but for many, many it doesn’t. The best thing would be to take a course (such a this online Mindful Breastfeeding course) OR find a lactation consultant/breastfeeding specialist to see before you give birth even! I’m not however a fan of tons of parenting manuals but it’s worth having a think about what sort of parenting you feel more in line with and then narrowing it down to 1 or 2 if that feels good for you. So here it goes- here are my top picks for Pregnancy, Birth & Breastfeeding. Let me know what you think…
The Calm Birth Method book;
This is the book that you will get when you take on a Hypnobirthing course with me. It’s the hypnobirthing course I did and used for the birth of my two youngest babies and I swear by it. Suzy Ashworth, the author and founder of The Calm Birth School makes Hypnobirthing easy to understand, takes the ‘woo’ out of it and makes it relatable to everyone in any situation. Its the ideal book to read alongside a Hypnobirthing course as it covers all areas in a lot of depth as well as offering you real life birth stories to read- mine included! Also available as an audio book if that’s more your thang..
The Positive Birth Book
Does what it says on the tin… This book covers ALL areas of birth with one thing in common- how to make it a positive experience by being as informed as possible. Again Milly Hill the author and founder of The Positive Birth movement makes this book such an easy and light hearted read. It’s so straight forward and I tell all my clients to read the part on birth plans. Plus you can go on the pinter and Martin website and download the visual icons for free! Along with this I would highly recommend you getting to your local free Positive Birth group where different topics also covered in the book will be discussed each month.
Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth;
Otherwise known as the fairy godmother in the birth world, Ina May Gaskin is so matter of fact and straightforward about birth and making it known as it should be as a normal physiological process. The first half of the book is all birth stories which are so great to read when you’re in the last run of pregnancy with third trimester insomnia. Surrounding yourself with ‘normal’ positive birth stories is a great investment of your time.
Why Breastfeeding Matters is a good insight into the benefits of breastfeeding that is not too long a read which I like. While it’s not a ‘How to’ manual, its important to understand where hurdles can easily having many women stumbling early on and why. Also Milli Hill’s The Positive Breastfeeding Book– as always Milli writes a well rounded view of feeding that will help you feel supported, prepared, better able to cope and know what to expect as well as point you in the right direction for further help. It also talks about normal baby behaviour which at the beginning is definitely something that you will find a big comfort! As mentioned you can take an online breastfeeding course here with The Mindful breastfeeding school if you would rather have a more interactive approach to this topic. Gigi + Pickle clients can get this at a reduced special price of £50, or £75 if ordering as a stand alone course (usually £80) just fill in the link to sign up!
I’m going to leave the parenting ones for another day- another blog as I think as a new (or not new) mama you’ve probably got a teeny bit more on your plate now! Happy reading…