Ina May’s Guide To Childbirth
This is the pregnancy book that inspired and gave me the confidence to have a home birth – I love this book so much and don’t think I’ll ever be able to part with it. I was so lucky to have a midwife who was enthusiastic and supportive of home birthing, but unfortunately you do hear stories about childbirth that aren’t picture perfect – I decided very early on that I didn’t want to hear about these and only wanted to immerse myself in positive birth stories. This book is full of positive home birthing stories as well as statistics and information about home birthing.
A friend let me borrow her previous version of Ina May’s book (Spiritual Midwife) – after reading the first chapter I purchased my own copy as I knew this was a book that I needed to keep forever. It’s a really easy read and feels like you have someone on your side supporting what you want to do. I will never part with this book as it holds a very special place in my heart, I know that without it I may not have had the courage to go ahead with a home birth when friends and family all think you should really go to hospital!
Hypnobirthing: The Mongan Method
If you’re not able to attend a Hypnobirthing course in person or just want to find out a bit more about it before committing to a Hypnobirthing course, I’d recommend this pregnancy book as it gives you a calm and natural approach to giving birth.
It teaches you that childbirth doesn’t have to be full of fear and a scary experience – it approaches it with calm and positivity. Even if you’re not planning to attend a Hypnobirthing course, I would still highly recommend this book as an alternative view on child birth!
Your Pregnancy Bible
The name says it all, this is a great reference pregnancy book with a lovely pull out chart showing the changes in a woman’s body through out her pregnancy. It is in contrast to the above books as it is more factual about what is happening at every stage of your pregnancy and labour and is very clear and concise.
Waiting for Baby – A Pregnancy Memory Album
A lovely way to journal your pregnancy and your baby’s first year. It has lots of space for your thoughts and pictures as well as prompts to document things you’d probably not think about – midwife appointments, your family tree, gifts received, etc.
I didn’t fill every page, but I have got a great keepsake pregnancy book that I can look through with my daughter one day.
I also liked that this had a neutral colour scheme as although it does cover the firsts i.e. when baby arrives, visitors, etc, it’s mainly about the lead up to your baby arriving.
The No Cry Sleep Solution by Elizabeth Pantley
If there is just ONE book you buy about how to help your baby get to sleep at night, this is the one I would recommend buying and reading above all others. There are of course many ways of approaching how best to get your new bundle of joy to sleep so you can rest too, but I have never been a fan of the ‘Cry It Out’ method – which is how I found Elizabeth Pantley’s books, I knew there just had to be another way of doing this.
The No Cry Sleep Solution approaches the ‘how do I get my baby to sleep’ question in a loving and gentle way, I loved it so much I ended up buying most of Elizabeth Pantley’s other books which include: No Cry Nap Solution, No Cry Sleep Solution for Toddlers and Preschoolers, The No Cry Potty Training Solution, The No Cry Discipline Solution all of which would definitely be included in my list of books to recommend to new mummies – just so you’re prepared!