For all of the book worms – My top Birth Preparation Books
I am a little bit of a book worm, however, since my son entered the world I mainly stick to audio books because as soon as I pick up a book he wants my attention. So here are my top recommendations for a good read before the arrival of your little one:
1) The Hypnobirthing Book by KG Hypnobirthing http://www.kghypnobirthing.com/books.html – As a KG Hypnobirthing teacher, this is the book that supports the course I deliver. Written by Kathrine Graves the Hypnobirthing extraordinaire it follows the format of the course giving additional information on the biology of birth, how the mind affects the body, how words affect the mind, stages of labour, supporting information on the relaxation techniques taught in the class and many different anecdotes to support the Hypnobirthing message. I provide this book as part of my parent pack and set reading each week as part of my parent’s homework. It really gives you a solid foundation in what Hypnobirthing is all about. Everyone learns differently so if you take in information by reading this will really support your educational journey in pregnancy.
2) Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin – described as “the midwife of modern midwifery” this book is all about changing the negative perception of birth and turning into a positive one. The first half of the book is made up of case studies from Ina’s midwifery experience. Many of the births detailed were at The Farm Midwifery Centre. The book supports the Hypnobirthing approach giving insights into how language, environment, mindset and many other elements affect birth. Ina outlines the effect of the medicalisation of birth and how we need to move away from this and let women do what their bodies were designed to do. view book
3) Men, love, and birth by Mark Harris. I adore this book and I adore Mark Harris. All expectant fathers should read this book. Mark is a male midwife, who has a totally unique approach to birth and how it is talked about with men. He is a man’s man and the way in which the key messages (all very Hypnobirthing messages) are communicated is clear, concise and to the point. There is a real focus on how a man can connect with his partner (or lover as Mark would say) and this is integral to how well a woman can birth. Dad’s get this book! view book
4) Wonder Weeks by Hetty van de Rijt – This book was given to me by a Psychologist friend and it’s great. The book outlines the development pathway your baby and child will take. It is broken down into easy to read chunks outlining at each stage what you can expect you child to do but more importantly some of the behavioral traits they may show as they learn and grow. Even more importantly how to cope with some of these leaps in development. It also comes in a handy app! view book
What are your top reads as an expectant parent? As I mentioned the KG Hypnobirthing book comes as part of my course. To find out more about my Hypnobirthing courses held in Marlow, Maidenhead, Windsor, High Wycombe please contact me.
Hypnobirthing can teach you the skills and techniques to ensure you have an oxytocin filled birth. To find out how you can achieve this with Bucks and Berks Hypnobirthing please contact us here or on 07399 405578.
Thanks for reading: For all of the book worms – My top Birth Preparation Books
Bucks and Berks Hypnobirthing delivers one-to-one and group Hypnobirthing sessions in Buckinghamshire and Berkshire.
Areas covered in Buckinghamshire include: Marlow, High Wycombe, Bourne End and Beaconsfield
Areas covered in Berkshire include: Maidenhead, Cookham, Windsor and Reading