I’ve read all five of these books from front to back and I recommend them wholeheartedly not just to the crunchy mama to be, but any future mama looking for some extra knowledge and preparedness during a very exciting, yet uncertain time in your motherhood journey.
The long journey of infertility treatments I had to my eventual pregnancy gave me a lot of time to research and find books I thought would enlighten, educate and motivate me to have the kind of pregnancy and birth I really wanted. Even though we had a very medicated and regimented procedure to become pregnant, I knew I wanted the rest of the journey to be a more natural and mindful way of things.
Birthing From Within: an Extra-Ordinary Guide to Childbirth Preparation by Pam England and Rob Horowitz
This was a very insightful read for me. It was so relatable and the section on pain management was invaluable. While much of the book is geared towards a home birth, it’s easily adaptable to a hospital or birthing center birth if that’s your path.
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by La Leche League International and Diane Wiessinger
Sooooo much solid information and instruction about breastfeeding in this book. I still use it much like a reference text when I have questions and concerns during my nursing journey. When I was feeling unbelievably frustrated and hopeless that we’d make it breastfeeding, looking up possible factors why were having trouble and solutions helped me persevere. It also encouraged me to seek out lactation consultants and local support groups when things weren’t working.
The Mindful Mom to Be by Lori Bregman
This was an easy read that complimented my already mindful way of living. Each chapter/section referred to a specific timeline in pregnancy and gave insights for healthy eating, exercise and mindfulness in preparation for becoming a mom.
Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin
I credit this book with giving me the motivation to want a natural and un-medicated birth and is a must read for all future mothers regardless of their birth plan. Reading the many amazing stories told by woman who naturally birthed was so inspirational. There was no sugar coating anything, but it just put the whole experience in perspective.
Another amazing resource to guide you through a natural birth. This book also gives insight to your future as a mindful parent. I found the pain management tips were spot on. I actually labored (unknowingly) all day at home the day I gave birth. This was possible because I took what I had read and applied the breathing and meditation techniques as needed.