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My top prenatal reads

THERE ARE MILLIONS OF BOOKS OUT THERE ON PREGNANCY AND BIRTH. IT CAN BE HARD TO DECIDE WHICH ONES TO READ. HERE IS A LIST OF MY TOP 3 FAVOURITE ONES, SHORT AND SWEET BUT PACKED WITH GREAT INFORMATION, BECAUSE WHO HAS TIME TO READ A MILLION BOOKS!

1) MAGICAL BEGINNINGS, ENCHANTED LIVES:

A HOLISTIC GUIDE TO PREGNANCY AND CHILDBIRTH
By: Deepak Chopra M.D.
Available on Amazon for about $20

Why I love it: This book combines the latest in evidence based medicine and the ancient wisdom of Ayurvedic medicine in a way that only Deepak Chopra can. Providing a holistic and spiritual approach to pregnancy and childbirth, including simple exercises you can do in your home to help you feel more connected and aware during all stages of your pregnancy and 4th trimester.


2) INA MAY’S GUIDE TO CHILDBIRTH

By: Ina May Gaskin
Available on Amazon for about $20

Why I love it: Ina May Gaskin is single-handedly responsible for reviving the midwifery movement in North America, with more than 30 years of experience she is a veritable guru. This book starts with a fantastic collection of birth stories written by women from every walk of life that really help to normalize the whole process of birth and inspire incredible confidence in what a woman’s body can do. The second half of the book is full of information from Ina May on everything from inducing labour to pain management to orgasmic birth, all with an emphasis on restoring woman’s faith in their ability to navigate natural childbirth.

3) THE NATURAL PREGNANCY BOOK:
YOUR COMPLETE GUIDE TO A SAFE, ORGANIC PREGNANCY
AND CHILDBIRTH WITH HERBS, NUTRITION AND OTHER
HOLISITIC CHOICES 
By: Aviva Romm M.D.
Available on Amazon for about $20

Why I love it: As an MD with many years of experience in alternative medicine, Aviva Romm is staple in the field of holistic women’s health. This book provides a knowledgeable introduction to the world of natural remedies during pregnancy.

AND AS A BONUS, MY FAVOURITE BOOK FOR BIRTH PARTNERS

THE BIRTH PARTNER: A COMPLETE GUIDE TO CHILDBIRTH
FOR DADS, DOULAS, AND ALL OTHER LABOR COMPANIONS
By: Penny Simkin
Available on Amazon for about $20

Why I love it: I consider this book to be an essential read for anyone who is attending your birth. It covers every topic from how to prepare for labour right up to newborn care, in a wonderfully inclusive way. It provides invaluable information on every possible birth path including medical interventions so that you and your partner are in the know before you need to make decisions. The also has pages marked for quick reference, so it’s great to have on hand during that birth itself.

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