expecting: books

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Your Best Birth -- Know All Your Options, Discover the Natural Choices, and Take Back the Birth Experience by Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein
This book presents all the options and clarifies a lot of the statistics people quote. It helps remind us what birth can be like (and is like in most other countries!) and and clears up some of the myths. It's funny and straightfoward. 

The Pregnancy Book: Month-by-Month, Everything You Need to Know From America's Baby Experts by Martha Sears, William Sears MD, Linda Hughey Holt
This is a general good month by month book with a lot of information. 

The Pregnancy Journal: A Day-to-Day Guide to a Healthy and Happy Pregnancy, by A. Christine Harris, Ph. D.
I love this because it’s a day by day.  You can read the short entries aloud to a partner, and he or she will stay interested.  Occasionally,  she is off with a piece of random information, but it’s still a good read and small space to record thoughts.

Your Pregnancy Week by Week, 6th Edition  by Glade B. Curtis and Judith Schuler
If you want one more book to read on a daily/weekly basis, you can add this to your shelf.

Ina May's Guide to Childbirth   by Ina May Gaskin
This is the classic midwife memoir—it’s just really inspiring in terms of birth.

Baby Bargains, 7th Edition: Secrets to Saving 20% to 50% on baby furniture, gear, clothes, toys, maternity wear and much more! 
By Denise Fields
This book has been updated many times, and  lists safety ratings for all products—an invaluable resource.

HypnoBirthing: The Mongan Method 
I didn’t have this with my first, but my friend gave it to me when I was pregnant with my second.  I found the book to be really helpful in thinking about what was happening.  I also found the two meditations on the audio cd to be good, and I am not really a meditation person.  I put them in my ipod and I just played them when my mind was racing, sometimes when I was going to sleep at night. 

Your Self-Confident Baby by Magda Gerber
This is an amazing book. This is my favorite of all the books.   Felicity Huffman and Bill Macy give it to all their friends, but I was giving it before I knew that.  

Our Babies, Ourselves by Meredith Small
Meredith Small, the author, has gathered a lot of information that is helpful to think about as a new mom.  I read it when my first daughter was a few weeks old, and wish I had read it before. 

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