Long before I started blogging about books, “My Friends Live In the Computer” pertained to a group of women, strewn about the world, all due in March 2008. Many of us have stayed together in person or through facebook. What does that have to do with books? Well, I’ll get to it.
My primary motivation to posting this, today, is in honor of one of our mamas giving birth, naturally (that’s with no drugs, thank you) to a 10lb 6oz baby girl. Impressive, right? A few of us went naturally the first time but I’ve come to this really cool appreciation for those mamas who decided to go naturally the second time who had the comfort of an epidural the first time.
Being about 12 weeks away from my very own second birth, I’ve started thinking about my impending delivery. We delivered Kai naturally with a lot of prep work. We have done little in the way of refreshing our knowledge but it’s largely something I’ve stayed up to date with over the three and a half years since we had Kai.
Short of heading to The Farm for my birth (which I maintain as totally possible as we’re not that far away), I only have a few birthing options in Atlanta. We’re not a city or state that recognizes midwifery outside of Nurse Midifery and there are no free-standing birthing centers. There are a few home birth practitioners but, quite frankly, I like the idea of the mess being, you know, not in my home. I had this super idea about at least laboring in the waves (brought on by this past week’s trip to the beach), but the idea of hiking up the beach back to a pool or bed in the middle of transition is just not appealing, now, and I highly doubt it will become more appealing in the middle of labor.
Ah, so,I suppose, I have to settle for the same fabulous team that has seen me through Kai’s birth and Gavin’s pregnancy, thus far. My husband is a fabulous Douala and could probably actually be a midwife if he wanted to be. I have no fear that things will go well, this time, even if they’re not in the ideal, crunchy granola setting.
Any who, the book part. I love my reading (duh) and I have to give a big old shout out to four of my favorite birthing/breastfeeding books that saw me through pregnancy, birth and the first year.
Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin
Born in the USA: How a Broken Maternity System Must Be Fixed to Put Women and Children First by Marsden Wagner
The Birth Book: Everything You Need to Know to Have a Safe and Satisfying Birth (Sears Parenting Library) by William Sears and Martha Sears
The Breastfeeding Cafe: Mothers Share the Joys, Challenges, and Secrets of Nursing by Barbara L. Behrmann
I’m adding an edit, here:
If you have a favorite birth, breastfeeding or body book to add, let me know and I’ll update!
Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers by Nancy Mohrbacher, Kathleen Kendall-Tackett
Baby Catcher by Peggy Vincent
Any who, I’ll probably post a bit more on this as things wind down but I just wanted to put my preliminary post up since it’s heavy on my mind, today.