Educating ourselves throughout our pregnancy gives us the knowledge and confidence to make better decisions for our family. Whether you choose to have a hospital or home birth, medicated or un-medicated, the choice is yours. I encourage each mother to read and learn what is involved with each of these choices. The more you read about natural versus medicated births will help you to understand the benefits and risks involved with both. Education is power, and it will support you if you are faced with a decision to make throughout your pregnancy, labor and delivery. You should feel respected and listened to when it comes to the care you and baby receive. If you do not feel this way, again, you have a choice to make a change. Explore your options and trust your intuition.
Below are some of my favorite books to further your education:
"Ina May's Guide to Childbirth," by Ina May Gaskin
"The Birth Book," by William Sears, M.D. and Martha Sears, R.N.
"The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding," by Diane Wiessinger
"The Birth Partner," by Penny Simkin
"Birth: It's Positive!" by Gretchen Arnold and Jill R. Johnson
These are some of my favorite websites:
birthwithoutfearblog.com One of my favorite organizations, Birth Without Fear has some amazing information on their website.
Positive Birth Stories - birthwithoutfearblog.com/category/bwf-topics/birth-stories
Post Partum - birthwithoutfearblog.com/category/bwf-topics/post-partum
hypnobabies.com I thoroughly enjoyed the positive, empowering information and techniques of the Hypnobabies course. Connect to their website for more information.
postpartumprogress.com Post Partum Progress raises awareness, fights stigma and provides peer support and programming to women with maternal mental illness.
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