Here are some great books for you and your partner to understand about pregnancy. There is so much information at our fingertips. We can google and find a number of answers in a nano-second. Not only does google give us sometimes conflicting answers, our mothers, grandmothers, friends and strangers (yes strangers) offer their two-sense too. UGH. And how many copies of What to Expect When You're Expecting can you get... (P.S. DO NOT READ THIS BOOK, it will make you crazy). So how do you calm extraneous voices and unnecessary anxieties?
These books are resourceful, relatively unbiased, and are highly regarded in the childbirth education community (more about that next blog). You can purchase them from Amazon today and get crackin.
Ina May Gaskin, Guide to Childbirth
(any of her books really)
You can read a few of the birthing stories, but if you get bored with them, then skip to the 2nd half of the book. That is the really helpful stuff. After reading this book, it really changed my perspective on birth and opened my mind to possibility.
The Birth Partner, by Penny Simkin
This is great for you and your partner and doula (if you choose to have one part of your birth team). It guides each of you what do throughout the labor stages.
The Complete Book of Pregnancy and childbirth, by Sheila Kitzinger
This a wonderful book because it describes the stages of pregnancy, labor, relaxation techniques, and the 4th trimester (3 mo after baby comes home). It also has a great chapter on Fatherhood.