Becoming Pregnant, (audio), Jennifer Elliott, CBE & Hypnotist
Two audio tracks that help you shift towards positivity in the process of becoming pregnant. First track is affirmations and the second is a guided meditation.
Below are the instructional videos I have for loan, but urge you to attend a babywearing class. While these are often a good start, nothing compares to having a skilled babywearer check your hold! In a class you can try 19 brands of carriers.
Breastfeeding & Feeding Your Child
The Breastfeeding Book, Martha and William Sears
An amazing guide to everything to do with breastfeeding, including issues and less known variations of normal.
Disease-Proof Your Child, Joel Fuhrman, M.D
A book highlighting the connection between the foods we eat and the illnesses we may or may not have. Very insightful. Claims to reduce asthma, allergies, ear infections and more.
Raising Happy Healthy Babies, Kim Corrigan-Oliver, holistic nutritionist
A well organized book that walks you through eating in pregnancy, for breastfeeding and introducing solids.
Breast Crawl, Unicef
The process of allowing your child to find the breast him/herself immediately after birth. A how to guide. This process can also be used for weeks following the birth, so if for whatever reason self-attachment wasn't possible at the birth, you can try another time.
Cellular Echoes, environmental influences in the journey from the womb to the world.
Mothering Magazine, issues 149-163
Hypnobabies Home Study Course, including CD's
This is the full Hypnobabies Self-Education course for childbirth preparation. A deposit is required to borrow the program.
Birth Without Violence, Frederick Leboyer
A ground breaking book for its time, and very true still today. Leboyer discusses emotions in the newborn and how care impacts the child.
Healing Yourself During Pregnancy, Joy Gardner
Natural guide to self care from pre-conception to newborn baby. Includes herbal cures for common complaints, instructions on brewing herbal teas and more
Ina May's Guide to Childbirth, Ina May Gaskin
A wealth of information, if you are to only read one book in pregnancy, I'd suggest one by Ina May Gaskin.
Birth Matters, a midwife's manifesta, Ina May Gaskin
Ina May Gaskin's most recent book (2011).
Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn, Penny Simkin, Janet Whalley and Ann Keppler
This is a great go-to guide, nearly 500 pages of information in an easy to navigate format. A replacement for other more fear-based what to expect guides. With a great compilation of authors.
The Pregnancy Book, William and Martha Sears
Another wonderful go-to book for anything related to pregnancy. Well balanced between understanding common and not so common medical conditions, emotional and physical needs and issues in pregnancy and more. I highly suggest any of the William & Martha Sears books.
Great Expectations (fiction), multiple Canadian authors.
A compilation of 24 short stories related to birth, everything from emergency surgical births to home births. Some light hearted, some painful but all around a nice read.
The Birth House (fiction) , Ami McKay
Set in Nova Scotia, in the early twentieth century, a tale of Midwife and her apprentice and the issues they face with the introduction of the medical model of childbirth. An amazing book.
The Power of Pleasurable Childbirth, Laurie A. Morgan
Shifting the mind from fear to embracing childbirth in a new light. Large focus on taking charge of your birth and your body.
Witches, Midwives and Nurses, a history of women healers, Barbara Ehrenreich and Deirdre English (1973)
An amazing pamphlet put out by The Feminist Press
No Cry Sleep Solution, Elizabeth Pantley
Helps many parents understand normal infant sleep patterns. Includes routine logs to help map out the amount of sleep your child is getting. Focuses on gentle sleep helping tools so everyone can sleep more at night.
The Happiest Baby On The Block, Harvey Karp, M.D
Well known gentle sleep book that uses the "5 S's" to calm colicky or fussy babies. Focuses on the "Fourth Trimester" and tips to recreate womb like environments for your baby.
Nighttime Parenting, William Sears (put out by LLL, very old but still good)
Talks about how to get the whole family to sleep better, often together. You don't have to be a bed-sharer to appreciate the gentle methods in this book.
Diaper Free, Ingrid Bauer
Gentle wisdom of the diaper free baby. It's true, you don't even need diapers! Great background on the history of answering to your child's elimination needs from around the world, plus practical how-to tips, and troubleshooting for challenges.
Learning All The Time, John Holt
A great book describing how children learn.
TENS machine rental. Deposit is required to borrow this device.
Relaxation for Childbirth, Diane & David Donaldson
Two (long) tracks, one a guided meditation and the other a series of positive affirmations.