Recommended Resources: Articles & Books
ARTICLES AND WEBSITES
The Important Thing About Not Yelling – A mom’s story of being a recovering yeller
To Parents of Small Children: Let Me Be the One Who Says It Out Loud It’s OK to not love every moment of it.
The Birth Care Network offers valuable information on local Louisville classes, care providers, doulas, breastfeeding and more.
Lamaze International provides a great deal of education and resources around the belief that childbirth is a normal and natural life event. Lamaze promotes six health birth practices that are now my birth plan foundation: let labor begin on it’s own; walk, move around, and change positions throughout labor; bring a loved one, friend, or doula for continuous support; avoid interventions that are not medically necessary; avoid giving birth on your back and follow your body’s urge to push; and keep mother and baby together immediately after birth.
Mother Brings Baby Back to Life with Two Hours of Cuddles Mind blowing story. So wonderful for this child and parent, and has hopeful implications for medical interventions, but also is terrifying in its implications for other stillborn babies past and present – how many were really alive and just needed more time and attention in being brought back? I shudder at the thought.
The Baby Project blog hosted by NPR. From the blog: “Join nine pregnant women across the U.S. as they share their experiences — from the last month of pregnancy, to the delivery, to the first few weeks of life with a newborn.”
We read The Birth Partner by Peggy Simkin for our class and it has been highly recommended by others as well. It gives a ton of useful information for making decisions related to child birth, how to make the best of various planned or unplanned situations when in labor, how birth partners can help (and not hinder) the mother, different positions and activities to help stay comfortable, etc. Overall the tone is very empowering, positive and practical.
A friend recommended the Lamaze Guide to Giving Birth with Confidence. This book also gave good practical information on the “cascade of interventions” and how to avoid these interventions (and also when they may be helpful). It gave a lot of history on birth and how/why it came to take place in hospitals rather than the home. A big encouraging theme that came up again and again: Your body knows how to do this.
A few years ago when my biological clock started blaring at me, I read Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son’s First Year by Anne Lamott. It’s a hilarious, tender and honest memoir from a journalist who is a recovering alcoholic and a newly single mother.
A few months after Archer was born I read Bringing Up Bebe: An American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting. It was refreshing to get a different perspective on ways to approach parenting and tends to promote a less neurotic and self-sacrificing approach which I needed. I agree with some tenets more than others, but that’s true for any parenting philosophy.
Hands down, the best preparation so far has come from Angela Garvin’s “Empowered Birth” class. It was 7 weeks long and incredibly informative. Her class came highly recommended from multiple sources and it did not disappoint. Grace attended with us since she will be a part of our birth team. We were one of 7 couples in the class and it was a very hands-on and practical course in navigating the decisions, procedures, alternatives, and coping skills for child birth. We HIGHLY RECOMMEND! You can learn more about her classes here.