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Ancient Map for Modern Birth: Preparation, Passage,
and Personal Growth During Your Childbearing Year. Pam England, $38.00
The integrative model of childbirth described in this
book will provide women with the information needed to prepare for birth, how
to think and feel about labor, and how to tell their story. During their
childbearing year, women traverse two paths at once: an inner path of
psychological and spiritual awareness and an outer path of practical approaches
to birth in modern-day culture. The book combines scientific research with
meditation, ceremony, art, and mythic stories, which not only prepares
childbearing women to go beyond their edge into uncharted territory but to find
their way home again. The underlying message throughout is not to strive for a
perfect birth but to be mindful of the mythic journey, of all the mothers who
have come before — an awareness that leads not only to the birth of a child but
to the birth of a new self.
Awake at 3am: Yoga Therapy for Anxiety and Depression
in Pregnancy and Early Motherhood. Suzannah Neufeld, $24.95
Pregnancy and new motherhood are often thought of as the
most joyful, exciting, and blissful times in your life — but they can also be
difficult and overwhelming. Yoga therapy offers practical mind-body tools
(simple breath, movement, and mindfulness practices) to support you and provide
solace, steadiness, and ease in difficult times.
Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) are the
number one “complication” of birth. They affect not just moms who suffer, but
also the families who care about and rely on those moms. More than twice as
many moms suffer from PMADs as gestational diabetes. Yet while robust support
and treatment options exist for diabetes, moms who suffer emotionally are
rarely acknowledged. Instead of receiving help, they are handed platitudes like
“Sleep when the baby sleeps,” “Let go of stress because it’s bad for the baby,”
or “Just enjoy every minute because it goes by so fast.” This can be a lonely
and confusing place to be — suffering profound fear or sadness at a time when
your friends and family expect you to be happy, radiant, and beatifically calm.
As a therapist supporting women's mental health and those
recovering from perinatal mood disorders and trauma since 2003, Suzannah
Neufeld is keenly aware of the special needs of women during pregnancy and the
first year of motherhood. Synthesizing modern psychotherapeutic research with
practical yoga therapy, Neufeld offers a compassionate, acceptance-based
approach that meets women (and their partners) wherever they are.
Awake at 3 a.m. contains short, digestible chapters that
are perfect for when you are feeling exhausted or overwhelmed. Neufeld
skillfully dismantles the myths and internal beliefs that contribute to the
suffering of new mothers, and tells her own story with honesty and humor. The
yoga practices are designed to fit into your life as it is now — no flexibility,
mat, special clothes, or 90-minute yoga class required.
Bed Rest Mom: Surviving Pregnancy-Related Bed Rest
with Your Sanity and Dignity Intact. Cynthia Lockrey, $18.95
Bed Rest Mom is a support book to help pregnant
women navigate the emotions, isolation and uncertainty that comes with home or
hospital based bed rest, written by a mom who survived both types of bed rest
with two pregnancies.
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Food for Pregnancy: Nutrition Guide Plus Over 125 Recipes
for Healthy Pregnancy and Breastfeeding. Daina Kalnins
& Joanne Saab, $27.95
Pregnancy is not a time for guesswork
about nutrition. Expecting women have specific nutritional
needs and will find it useful to have a sensible guide to
this vital information.
BETTER FOOD FOR PREGNANCY is that guide. Written
by experts on staff at the renowned Hospital for Sick Children,
this book is comprehensive and authoritative. The first half
of the book addresses:
- nutritional needs before conception
and during each trimester
- how a mother's diet affects
growth of the fetus
- healthy weight gains through
- nutritional supplements including
vitamins, minerals, and herbs
- effects of particular foods,
such as coffee, un-pasteurized cheeses & alcohol
- increased nutrient requirements
needed during lactation
The second half of the book features
125 recipes ideally suited to expectant mothers. Each recipe
has a complete nutrient analysis plus there are handy meal
plans and Snacks on the Go that help prevent nausea and vomiting.
Every page of the nutrition section is packed with tips, sidebars,
recommendations, and common-sense guidelines presented in
easy-to-use tables and charts.
Birth In Focus: Stories and Photos to Inform, Educate
and Inspire. Becky Reedhiller, $33.00
Birth In Focus offers the reader a chance to see
birth made real. Water birth, breech birth, twin birth, Caesarean birth — all
are shown in ‘photo stories’, with accompanying text written both by the woman
and her midwife, and sometimes also the partner or a child who was present.
Clear images of the birth process provide an excellent educational tool for
students, as well as offering inspiration to those who may not have had the
opportunity to see birth in this way. A chapter on reflection points for
practitioners will help professionals and birth supporters explore further the
issues highlighted in the individual stories.
a Midwife’s Manifesta. Ina May Gaskin,
In BIRTH MATTERS, America’s best-known
midwife, Ina May Gaskin, reminds us that the ways in which
women experience birth have implications for us all. Renewing
confidence in a woman’s natural ability to birth provides
transformative possibilities for individual families, and
for society at large.
BIRTH MATTERS is a spirited manifesta
showing us how to trust women, value birth, nurture families
and reconcile modern life with a process as old as our species.
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Birth & Sex: the Power and the
Passion. Sheila Kitzinger, $229.95
Birth and sex are often talked about as
if they were contrasting experiences. In fact, they each involve the same rush
of hormones in an action drama in which mind and body work in harmony. In this
compelling and controversial new book Sheila Kitzinger explores the complexity
and depth of female sexuality during pregnancy, birth, and after the baby
comes. She shows what can be done to create an environment in which a woman is
able to trust her instincts and be confident in her body. By rediscovering the
power and passion in our bodies, we can reclaim the spontaneity and sexual ecstasy
Birthing In Good Hands: Holistic Massage for
Pregnancy, Labor, and Babies. Christine Sutherland, $39.95
Pregnancy is an exciting time full of promise, but most
women could do without symptoms such as back pain, headaches, nausea, and
swollen feet — luckily, many of these conditions can be treated with massage.
Touch has the power to heal, calm, and nurture relationships.
Christine Sutherland, co-founder of the Sutherland-Chan
School and Teaching Clinic, teaches the basics of prenatal massage for healthy
pregnancies. From the first trimester to postpartum recovery, Christine’s
healing methods will help moms-to-be through every stage of pregnancy,
including childbirth and breastfeeding. There’s even a chapter on the basics of
baby massage, which new parents, grandparents, and siblings can use to relieve
common infant conditions and bond with the new child.
Hundreds of photos and illustrations clearly illustrate
techniques that even beginners can master. Christine also includes real-life
stories that showcase how the power of massage helped women through their own
If your partner or loved one is expecting, this book is
Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers, 2nd Edition. Nancy Mohrbacher & Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, $26.95
This second edition of BREASTFEEDING MADE SIMPLE
is a comprehensive resource that offers effective and common-sense
techniques and wonderful insights into the baby's needs. Understanding
how breastfeeding works will help you to overcome challenges
such as low milk production, breast refusal, pain and weaning
problems and other obstacles that can keep you from enjoying
breastfeeding your baby. Highly recommended by mothers, lactation
consultants and other breastfeeding experts.
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Breastfeeding Solutions: Quick Tips
for the Most Common Nursing Challenges. Nancy
As a busy mom, you probably don’t have
time to read long-winded books and manuals. You want quick, practical
solutions. BREASTFEEDING SOLUTIONS is the ultimate easy-to-read guide for
mothers who are experiencing difficulty breastfeeding. The line drawings,
bulleted lists, tables, charts, and other visual aids included in this book
make it easy for you to quickly find the breastfeeding solutions you need
without wading through hundreds of pages of text. In the book, you will learn
how to overcome challenges such as pain, lack of milk expression, pumping, and
weaning, so that you can give your baby the best start in life possible. After
all, breastfeeding is the most inexpensive gift you can give to help ensure
your baby grows into a healthy, happy adult.
Breastfeeding Uncovered: Who Really Decides How We
Feed Our Babies? Amy Brown, $22.95
Across the world mothers are urged to breastfeed, but in
Western society many find this a difficult task. Those who stop can feel
demoralised and unsure as to why such a desired, encouraged and biologically
normal behaviour can appear so challenging in reality. Breastfeeding Uncovered examines why this continues to happen, revealing how complex social and
cultural messages work against new mothers, damaging the normal physiology of
breastfeeding and making it seem unmanageable.
Dr Brown removes the focus from the mother and instead
urges society to rethink its attitude towards breastfeeding and mothering and
instead to support, encourage and protect mothers to feed their babies. This
book is for anyone who has ever struggled with breastfeeding, supported new
mothers or just wondered what all the fuss is about. Most of all it is a must
read for anyone who has ever thought a breastfeeding mother should cover up, or
feed her baby elsewhere.
A Bun In the Oven: How the Food and Birth Movements
Resist Industrialization. Barbara Katz Rothman, $38.95
There are people dedicated to improving the way we eat,
and people dedicated to improving the way we give birth. A Bun in the Oven is the first comparison of these two social movements. The food movement has
seemingly exploded, but little has changed in the diet of most Americans. And
while there’s talk of improving the childbirth experience, most births happen
in large hospitals, about a third result in C-sections, and the US does not
fare well in infant or maternal outcomes.
In A Bun in the Oven Barbara Katz Rothman traces the
food and the birth movements through three major phases over the course of the
20th century in the United States: from the early 20th century era of
scientific management; through to the consumerism of Post World War II with its
‘turn to the French’ in making things gracious; to the late 20th century
counter-culture midwives and counter-cuisine cooks. The book explores the
tension throughout all of these eras between the industrial demands of
mass-management and profit-making, and the social movements — composed largely of
women coming together from very different feminist sensibilities — which are
working to expose the harmful consequences of industrialization, and make birth
and food both meaningful and healthy.
Katz Rothman, an internationally recognized sociologist
named ‘midwife to the movement’ by the Midwives Alliance of North America,
turns her attention to the lessons to be learned from the food movement, and
the parallel forces shaping both of these consumer-based social movements. In
both movements, issues of the natural, the authentic, and the importance of
‘meaningful’ and ‘personal’ experiences get balanced against discussions of
what is sensible, convenient and safe. And both movements operate in a context
of commercial and corporate interests, which places profit and efficiency above
individual experiences and outcomes. A Bun in the Oven brings new
insight into the relationship between our most intimate, personal experiences,
the industries that control them, and the social movements that resist the
industrialization of life and seek to change birth.
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Conceiving Healthy Babies: an Herbal Guide to Support
Preconception, Pregnancy, and Lactation. Dawn Combs, $24.95
Healthy babies don't just happen. The lifestyle of the
prospective parents is a crucial factor in promoting fertility and ensuring a
successful pregnancy. But the average North American diet is saturated with processed
foods, and environmental toxins are rampant — we must take responsibility for
what we put into and onto our bodies to create optimum conditions for the
childbearing year. Drawing on the author's own personal triumph over
infertility, Conceiving Healthy Babies is a unique herbal
guide geared to helping couples achieve balance in preconception, pregnancy,
lactation and beyond.
Confident Birth. Susanna Heli, $20.95
Women have an innate ability to give
birth, a knowledge that has been acquired through thousands of years of
evolution. Yet all too often fear and stress can get in the way and block
the natural process of childbirth.
In this inspiring new book, Susanna
Heli, an experienced doula and physiotherapist, shows how childbirth can be
transformed by understanding how fear can affect birth and how it is
possible to overcome it by using four simple, dynamic and effective
tools to rediscover the inner power to give birth. The tools are
equally effective whichever type of birth you choose, and whether or not you
have given birth before. The book also offers practical advice to help the
birth partner support the labouring woman. CONFIDENT BIRTH will give
you and your birth partner all the tools you need to cope with the challenges
of childbirth, and make it an empowering and positive experience.
The Diaper Diary (Diapers of the Breastfed Baby). Kay Hoover & Barbara Wilson-Clay, $20.95/pad (pad has 50 tear-off sheets)
The Diaper Diary (Diapers of the Breastfed Baby) is a hand-out for nursing mothers that shows the changes in the stool of a breastfeeding infant during the first week postpartum. It also contains photos of stools that indicate a need for follow up with a mother’s health care provider. The text in English, French and Spanish is written at a 4th grade reading level. The reverse side provides a log for recording the number of stools and wet diapers on a daily basis for the first week postpartum. Each Diaper Diary pad has 50 tear-off sheets with photos on the front and an easy-to-use log form on the back.
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Dissident Doctor: Catching Babies and Challenging the
Medical Status Quo. Michael Klein, Foreword by Penny Simkin, $32.95
How often do you hear a doctor saying doctors need to be
more accountable, Medicare needs more support and family medicine deserves more
respect? Dissident Doctor bristles with refreshingly frank criticisms from
inside the health sector, and its author is not just any doctor but a
distinguished scientific researcher, veteran medical administrator, Professor
Emeritus, recipient of the Order of Canada and lifelong gadfly.
In Dissident Doctor, Michael Klein intersperses
fascinating tales of individual cases with formative elements of his personal
life. As the son of American left-wing activists, he grew up singing folk songs
about justice and racial equality; as a young doctor his refusal to serve as a
military physician during the Vietnam War prompted his immigration to Canada.
His early experience working with midwives in Ethiopia — delivering babies using
techniques for natural pain relief and without routine episiotomy — were
formative, leading him to question many standard but unjustified procedures in
Western maternity care. He made many unconventional decisions as a result of
his focus on humane medicine, transitioning from a specialization in pediatrics
and newborn care to become a family physician, and embracing midwifery before
it was approved in Canada. Klein’s determination in the face of great
opposition, the strength of his convictions, and his humility and sense of
humour drive this powerful story of a life and career dedicated to his patients
and his principles.
Dynamic Positions in Birth: a Fresh Look at How
Women's Bodies Work in Labour. Margaret Jowitt, $22.95
Most women give birth in hospitals, institutions modelled
around the needs of the people who work there. The delivery room is designed
around the obstetric bed which was designed for the benefit of the obstetrician
rather than the woman giving birth. Despite research showing the benefit of
upright positions in labour and birth, many women still give birth in the
semi-reclined position, pushing their baby out against the forces of gravity.
The author argues that unnatural positions make labour and birth more painful
and difficult for modern women than it was for their ancestors. How did we come
to put the needs of care givers above those of the labouring woman? Is there
anything that can be done?
Starting with a short history of birth furniture, Dynamic
Positions in Birth goes on to explore the anatomy and physiology of
labour from an evolutionary perspective and explores how rethinking positions
for labour and birth could benefit mothers and their babies. Equally important
is the need to change attitudes to birth so that women are encouraged to play a
more active part in the birth of their babies instead of being subjected to
clinical interventions designed to mitigate the adverse effects of labouring in
a starkly unnatural environment.
Margaret Jowitt argues that it is possible to give women
labouring in hospital a better chance of giving birth naturally. The book
concludes by calling for a fresh look at the environment for birth. Delivery
rooms can be made more user friendly by introducing furniture designed
around women’s need for physical support during labour as well as for the birth,
and by hiding away the more alarming technology unless it is needed.
Women need a less forbidding environment and more encouragement to move freely
and adopt positions which will enhance their chance of achieving a normal
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Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy
Wisdom Is Wrong — and What You Really Need to Know. Emily Oster, $23.00
Numbers are not subject to someone else’s interpretation
— math doesn’t lie. Economist Emily Oster set out to inform parents-to-be about
the truth of pregnancy using the most up-to-date data so that they can make the
best decisions for their pregnancies. The results she found were often very
Oster debunks the myths of pregnancy using her particular
mode of critical thinking: economics, the study of how we get what we want.
Oster knows that the value of anything — home, an amniocentesis — is in the
eyes of the informed beholder, and like any complicated endeavor, pregnancy is
not a one-size-fits-all affair. And yet medicine often treats it as such.
EXPECTING BETTER presents the hard facts and real-world advice you’ll
need. Any expectant mother knows that the health of her baby is paramount, but
she will be less anxious and better able to enjoy a healthy pregnancy if she is
informed... and can have the occasional glass of wine.
The First Forty
Days: the Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother. Heng Ou, with Amely
Greeven & Marisa Belger, $31.95
The first 40 days after the birth of a child offer an
essential and fleeting period of rest and recovery for the new mother. Based on
author Heng Ou’s own postpartum experience with zuo yuezi, a set period of “confinement,” in which a woman
remains at home focusing on healing and bonding with her baby, The First Forty Days revives the lost
art of caring for the mother after birth.
As modern mothers are pushed to prematurely “bounce back”
after delivering their babies, and are often left alone to face the physical
and emotional challenges of this new stage of their lives, the first forty days
provide a lifeline — a source of connection, nourishment, and guidance. The book
includes 60 simple recipes for healing soups; replenishing meals and snacks;
and calming and lactation-boosting teas, all formulated to support the unique
needs of the new mother. In addition to the recipes, this warm and encouraging
guide offers advice on arranging a system of help during the postpartum
period, navigating relationship challenges, and honoring the significance of
pregnancy and birth.
The First Forty
Days, fully illustrated to feel both inspiring and soothing, is a practical
guide and inspirational read for all new mothers and mothers-to-be — the perfect
ally during the first weeks with a new baby.
A Good Birth: Finding the Positive
and Profound In Your Birth Experience. Anne Drapkin
Drawing on a landmark study involving
more than one hundred pregnant women and mothers, a renowned OB/GYN synthesizes
the secrets to a good birth — medically and emotionally.
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Great Expectations: Twenty-Five True Stories about
Childbirth. Edited by Dede Crane & Lisa Moore, $14.95
In this exceptional collection of original essays,
twenty-five celebrated writers share one of their most intimate and life-changing
experiences: giving birth. Moving, uniquely honest, and transformative, Great
Expectations takes the reader on an emotional and physical journey like no
other: Lynn Coady relates the painful memory of her teenage pregnancy and the
anguish of having to give up her newborn for adoption; Peter Behrens expresses
a father’s feeling of utter helplessness and incomparable joy during the birth
of his first child; Christy Ann Conlin describes pregnancy and birth at age
forty; Afua Cooper reflects upon the immigrant’s experience of three
pregnancies and childbirths in a new land with foreign, and evolving, customs;
Anne Fleming contemplates her partner’s artificial insemination and the birth
of a beautiful girl; and Jaclyn Moriarty transcribes her grandmother’s and her
mother’s birth stories, along with her own, to create a tender oral history,
spanning three generations.
in the Hospital: Integrating Natural Childbirth with
Modern Medicine. Stacey Marie Kerr, $21.95
HOMEBIRTH IN THE HOSPITAL is a wonderful blend
of birth-stories, compassionate and inspiring ideas and woman-centered
care. This book demonstrates what is possible when caregivers
and clients work together to honour the birthing process.
In the Spirit of Homebirth: Modern Women, an Ancient Choice. Edited by
Bronwyn Preece, $18.95
This collection of stories that celebrate the beauty and
power of giving birth comes from women of indigenous communities, of diverse
socioeconomic classes and religions, in urban and rural settings. Partners
describe the awe of watching a loved one bring new life into the world,
children write sweetly about getting a baby brother or sister, and midwives and
doulas tell us what it is like to aid women on their journeys.
In the Spirit of Homebirth presents birth as a
physical action as well as a sacred act, an expression of deep love and of
belief in the power of the human spirit. Homebirth is a choice, and In the
Spirit of Homebirth tells us why women from all walks of life and their
families make this choice today when they have the right to give birth as they
wish. In the Spirit of Homebirth presents homebirth, not as an archaic
practice but as a remarkably contemporary expression of a long tradition and a
profoundly empowering and joyous event.
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Indigenous Experiences of Pregnancy and Birth. Edited by Hannah Tait Neufeld & Jaime Cidro, $34.95
Traditional midwifery, culture, customs, understandings,
and meanings surrounding pregnancy and birth are grounded in distinct epistemologies
and worldviews that have sustained Indigenous women and their families since time
immemorial. Years of colonization, however, have impacted the degree to which
women have choice in the place and ways they carry and deliver their babies. As
nations such as Canada became colonized, traditional gender roles were seen as
an impediment. The forced rearrangement of these gender roles was highly disruptive
to family structures. Indigenous women quickly lost their social and legal
status as being dependent on fathers and then husbands. The traditional
structures of communities became replaced with colonially informed governance,
which reinforced patriarchy and paternalism. The authors in this book carefully
consider these historic interactions and their impacts on Indigenous women’s
As the first section of the book describes, pregnancy is
a time when women reflect on their bodies as a space for the development of
life. Foods prepared and consumed, ceremony and other activities engaged in are
no longer a focus solely for the mother, but also for the child she is
carrying. Authors from a variety of places and perspectives thoughtfully
express the historical along with contemporary forces positively and negatively
impacting prenatal behaviours and traditional practices.
Place and culture in relation to birth are explored in
the second half of the book from locations in Canada such as Manitoba, Ontario,
British Columbia, the Northwest Territories, and Aotearoa. The reclaiming and
revitalization of birthing practices along with rejuvenating forms of
traditional knowledge form the foundation for exploration into these
experiences from a political perspective. It is an important part of
decolonization to acknowledge policies such as birth evacuation as being
in systemic racism. The act of returning birth to
communities and revitalizing Indigenous prenatal practices are affirmation of
sustained resilience and strength, instead of a one-sided process of
Interrogating Pregnancy Loss: Feminist Writings on
Abortion, Miscarriage, and Stillbirth. Edited by Emily Lind & Angie
Feminist theories of the body, reproduction, and the
institution of motherhood typically focus on issues of rights, autonomy, and
choice. These themes become increasingly complicated when applied to questions
of reproductive loss. Interrogating Reproductive Loss: Feminist Writings on
Abortion, Miscarriage, and Stillbirth contains essays, short stories, and
artwork that imagine a feminist epistemology of loss.
Whereas biomedical and feminist literature treat
abortion, miscarriage, and stillbirth as differently conceptualized events,
this collection explores the connections between these three categories. How
have feminist debates and strategies around reproductive choice invigorated the
cultural conversation about miscarriage, and stillbirth? How can we imagine
more nuanced engagements with the spectrum of experiences that are at stake
when a pregnancy ends? And how can we effectively create a space where women
are given the opportunities to “identify and ‘own’” (Cosgrove 2004) the ways
that loss makes meaning for those who grieve and/or celebrate the end of
Body, My Baby, My Birth: a Film about Natural Childbirth. Wisewoman Childbirth Traditions, $13.95 (DVD format, 27 minutes)
An educational birth film that
tells the story of seven mothers and their emotional journeys
to natural childbirth. Beautifully filmed, the DVD presents
the views and experiences of mothers, their partners (including
one lesbian couple), midwives, an obstetrician and a childbirth
educator. Each woman’s story is unique and powerful. Pain,
safety and fear are all addressed in this compelling film.
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Living Colours. Anne Curtis, $25.00
This beautiful anatomy colouring book was created by a
midwifery student. A perfect gift for anyone amazed by the beauty of human
Mama Midwife: a Birth Adventure. Christy Tyner, $18.95
Join Miso the Mouse and her friends on a
hip and tender birth adventure with Miso’s mother — a hard working midwife.
Mama, Talk about
When Max Was Born. Toni Olson, illustrated by S. Marie
This sweet picture book tells the story
of Max’s birth, which takes place at home in water. Max’s older sister likes to
hear about when Mama first learned she was pregnant, about visiting the
midwives, about preparing for Max’s arrival, and about the birth itself.
Maternity Rolls: Pregnancy, Childbirth and Disability. Heather Kuttai, $18.95
Heather Kuttai, a spinal cord injured mother of two, has written a beautiful, poignant and insightful book that will challenge readers to rethink their preconceived and socially accepted notion of what it means to live with a disability — and what it means to become a mother.
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Mindful Birthing: Training the Mind,
the Body and Heart for Childbirth and Beyond. Nancy
With MINDFUL BIRTHING, Nancy
Bardacke, nurse-midwife and mindfulness teacher, lays out her innovative
program for pregnancy, childbirth, and beyond. Drawing on groundbreaking
research in neuroscience, mindfulness meditation, and mind/body medicine,
Bardacke offers practices that will help you find calm and ease during this
life-changing time, providing lifelong skills for healthy living and wise
Mindful Pregnancy & Birth: Nurturing Love and
Awareness. Riga Forbes, $16.99
Focusing on the entire journey; from pregnancy through to
early parenthood, this guide to living mindfully for expectant mothers helps
prepare you for birth and improve your wellbeing with the ancient practice of
mindfulness. When we talk about making something, it usually refers to
creating, manipulating, or forming a material. In pregnancy, our bodies are
wrapped up in doing all of these things at once, and on a grand scale. But in
the act of making space in ourselves through mindfulness, none of these things
apply. In Mindful Pregnancy & Birth we engage in an act of "not
doing". Of not changing, but of simply "being" in the experience
of ourselves. Pregnancy is a phase in which to reconcile what has been, with
what will become. It is a process, a time of change, and even more so for a
first-time mother. It is a recognition of our dreams for the future being in
transit, in gestation, in the making.
Natural Hospital Birth: the Best of Both Worlds, 2nd
Edition. Cynthia Gabriel, $25.99
Many mothers-to-be find themselves torn between choosing a
natural childbirth with minimal medical intervention, and the peace of mind
offered by instant access to life-saving technology that only a hospital can
provide. Cynthia Gabriel, a doula who has attended hundreds of births and who
advises hospitals on how to facilitate low-intervention childbirths, knows that
new moms can have both. In Natural Hospital Birth, Gabriel gives moms,
as well as partners and even medical personnel, concise and reassuring guidance
on how to have as natural a birth as possible in a hospital setting.
Gabriel shows expectant mothers how to avoid unnecessary
medical interventions, how to take the initiative and consciously prepare for
the kind of birth they want, and how to prepare a birth plan to share with
doctors and nurses at the hospital.
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Nurture: a Modern Guide to Pregnancy, Birth, Early
Motherhood — and Trusting Yourself and Your Body. Erica Chidi Cohen, $26.95
Author Erica Chidi Cohen is a birth and postpartum doula,
assisting families through labour and the transition into parenting. Her book, Nurture, is an all-in-one pregnancy and birthing book for modern mothers-to-be and
their partners who want a more integrative approach.
This beautiful and comprehensive pregnancy companion
covers everything from the beginning months of pregnancy to the baby's first
weeks. Including supportive and encouraging self-care and mindfulness exercises
along with more than 40 charming and helpful illustrations, here's everything a
modern mama would want to know: fetal development, nutrition support for every
month of pregnancy, making birth choices, the basics of breastfeeding, and
Nurturing New Families: a Guide to Supporting Parents.
Naomi Kemeny, $19.95
Supporting a family in the days and weeks after a baby is
born is a precious gift indeed — as the mother recovers her strength and
responds to her baby's needs, the care of a postnatal doula, friend or family
member can be invaluable.
In this guide to warm, mother- and- baby-centred
postnatal care, Naomi Kemeny draws on her wealth of experience as a midwife,
children's nurse and postnatal doula to explain in detail how to 'mother the
mother' — by listening to what she needs and supporting her as she adapts to
her new role. This insightful book is both a useful guide to the work of a postnatal
doula, and a must-read for anyone wanting to help a new family cope with those
intense yet magical early days with a newborn.
How the Nine Months Before Birth Shape the Rest of Our Lives.
Annie Murphy Paul, $17.00
What makes us the way we are? Some say it's the genes we inherit at conception. Others are sure it's the environment we experience in childhood. But could it be that many of our individual characteristics — our health, our intelligence, our temperaments — are influenced by the conditions we encountered before birth?
That's the claim of an exciting and provocative field known as fetal origins. Over the past twenty years, scientists have been developing a radically new understanding of our very earliest experiences and how they exert lasting effects on us from infancy well into adulthood. Their research offers a bold new view of pregnancy as a crucial staging ground for our health, ability, and well-being throughout life.
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Oxytocin: the Biological Guide to Motherhood.
Kerstin Uvnäs Moberg, $39.95
What role does oxytocin play in the many changes that
occur during pregnancy and breastfeeding designed to make mothers better
mothers? How does birth, breastfeeding, and skin-to-skin contact affect
oxytocin release? How do birth interventions — epidurals, Caesarean sections,
oxytocin infusions, and medications — impact oxytocin release? And how does
oxytocin release (or lack of) impact the mother and baby?
After many years of researching oxytocin, author,
physician, and researcher Dr. Kerstin Uvnäs-Moberg presents compelling
scientific data that demonstrates the important role oxytocin plays in
motherhood. Dr. Uvnäs-Moberg describes how oxytocin helps mothers access an
inborn female competence that helps them transition to motherhood and give
birth more easily, feel better after birth, breastfeed with fewer problems, and
establish a good connection with their children. She also explains the impact oxytocin
release has on infants — helping them become better at handling stressful
situations and impacting their future health.
This book provides scientific data to demonstrate that oxytocin plays an
important role far beyond stimulation of uterine contractions during birth and
milk ejection during breastfeeding. Anyone working with pregnant and
breastfeeding mothers will find this book enlightening and thought-provoking. It
will give you evidenced-based information to change practices to protect
oxytocin release during birth and in the postpartum period and to better inform
new mothers about the role oxytocin plays in pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding;
the importance of natural birth, skin-to-skin contact, and breastfeeding; and
the impact of birth interventions.
Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn: the Complete
Guide, 5th Edition. Penny Simkin, Janet Whalley, Ann Keppler, Janelle
Durham & April Bolding, $27.95
This highly accessible and authoritative new edition
of Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn presents
research-based information on all aspects of childbearing — from conception
through early infancy. Well organized, it includes engaging photos,
illustrations and boxed features that highlight important information and
advice to help you make informed decisions about your care. With appendices
that include footnotes and research references as well as a glossary and
summaries of pain relief methods for labour, this is tremendously complete
resource for expectant and new parents.
Regulating Infant Formula. George Kent, $20.50
Most of us assume that our government or
some international agency is monitoring the quality of infant formula, but who
is actually making sure the product helps to make our children as healthy as
Manufacturers keep coming up with newer
and more expensive versions of infant formula, but do we really know how they
will affect children's health in the long-term? What consideration is given to
the healthcare costs linked to different methods of feeding?
George Kent has been analyzing the
policy issues surrounding children's nutrition for decades. Here he presents
compelling evidence on issues surrounding infant formula regulation and
identifies the systematic failures in the current regulation of infant formula.
This book covers:
- The regulatory framework
- Formula's impact on health
- The assumption of safety of infant formula
- Outdated and counterfeit infant formula
- Additives and Nutritional adequacy
- Distribution by governments
- Strengthening regulations and future research
If you are a parent trying to decide
whether to breastfeed or formula feed your baby, or if you are a healthcare
provider who educates parents on feeding choices, you need to read this book.
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Guide to Pregnancy for Lesbians: How to Stay Sane and Care
for Yourself from Preconception through Birth. Rachel
THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO PREGNANCY FOR LESBIANS
will guide you every step of the way, from your first ovulation
kit right up through the first weeks after your baby's birth.
This lively, easy-to-read guide is the first place to go for
up-to-date information and sage advice on everything you need
to know. New topics in this revised edition include:
- Preconception planning for both
singles and couples
- Latest information on fertility
- Sex, desire, and self-esteem
- Protecting your legal rights
as a lesbian family
- Negotiating family roles
Understanding Your Moods When You're
Expecting: Emotions, Mental Health, and Happiness Before,
During, and After Pregnancy. Lucy Puryear, $19.95
Lucy Puryear is a practicing psychiatrist and
a pioneering expert in women's reproductive mental health.
Through engaging personal stories reflecting her own practice,
she illuminates the little-discussed feelings that are virtually
universal for pregnant women and explains exactly what is
happening to your hormonal system. UNDERSTANDING YOUR MOODS
WHEN EXPECTING gives readers the knowledge they need during
this emotionally demanding time in their lives.
When the Bough Breaks: a Documentary about Postpartum
When The Bough Breaks is a feature length
documentary about postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis. Narrated and
Executive Produced by Brooke Shields, this shocking film uncovers this very
public health issue which affects one in five new mothers after childbirth.
The film follows Lindsay Gerszt, a mother who has been
suffering from PPD for six years. Lindsay agrees to let the cameras document
her and give us an in depth look at her path to recovery. We meet women who
have committed infanticide and families who have lost loved ones to suicide. When
The Bough Breaks takes us on a journey to find answers and break the
You're Expecting Twins, Triplets or Quads: Proven Guidelines
for a Healthy Multiple Pregnancy. Barbara Luke & Tamara
This practical, nutrition-based
program has been used to lower the common complications of
a multiple pregnancy, resulting in healthier babies.
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The Whole 9 Months: a Week-by-Week Pregnancy Nutrition
Guide with Recipes for a Healthy Start. Jennifer Lang, $22.50
The Whole 9 Months is your all-in-one pregnancy
book to answer the questions you’ll have at every trimester. Through simple
nutritional guidelines, up-to-date pregnancy research, and real mom-to-mom
advice, you’ll discover how easy it can be to make good food choices for your body
while growing a healthy, happy baby. This invaluable pregnancy nutritional
- Information on essential baby-building nutrients, daily
consumption needs, and where to find them in foods
- More than 100 quick and easy recipes for a variety of
diets ― including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free ― with nutritional
information for each recipe
- Suggestions and swaps (and other helpful tricks) to combat nausea
- Eating guides that outline what to eat (or not) while pregnant,
best food choices if you have gestational diabetes, foods that stimulate breast
milk production, and much more!
Why Human Rights In Childbirth Matter. Rebecca
The human rights in childbirth movement is gathering pace
and followers across the globe. From Venezuela to the UK, via America and
Uganda, activists, midwives, mothers, doctors and lawyers are coming together
to offer rights-based solutions to the problems in maternity care. Just what
are human rights though? How do they apply to pregnancy and birth? What happens
when dignity is absent? And how are innovators and educators using human rights
principles to revolutionise care for the next generation of women?
Why Human Rights in Childbirth Matter will bust
myths around human rights, explain what your rights in pregnancy and birth are,
how caregivers can champion them and provide practical inspiration for mothers,
caregivers and campaigners working to improve birth for all women across the
Why Perinatal Depression Matters. Mia Scotland, $16.95
You have probably heard of postnatal depression, but did
you know that most cases of postnatal depression actually began in pregnancy?
And did you know that postnatal depression is not caused by women’s hormones
gone awry — that men are suffering postnatal and perinatal depression in larger
and larger numbers too? This is why “postnatal depression” has now been renamed
“perinatal depression”(‘peri’ means around, as in the word “perimeter”).
Why is the seemingly joyful event of new parenthood
causing so much suffering? Depression seems to be related to the stresses that
a modern couple undertakes when they have a baby. The lack of support, lack of
celebration, overload of expectations, overwhelming responsibility, isolation,
judgment, blaming by the media, tiredness, mixed messages, confusion, high
expectations and lack of tender loving care serve to eventually break parents
and their relationships. And when we break parents, we break a baby. Babies are
our future, and if we break a baby, in the long run, we break society.
Postnatal depression takes a high toll on society. Dealing effectively with
perinatal depression is about valuing love, connection, calm and stillness,
over and above productivity, achievement and acquisition.
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Witches, Midwives, and Nurses: A History of Women Healers (Second Edition). Barbara Ehrenreich & Deirdre English, $13.50
WITCHES, MIDWIVES & NURSES, first
published by the Feminist Press in 1973, is an essential book
about the corruption of the medical establishment and its
historic roots in witch-hunts. In this new edition, Ehrenreich
and English add an entirely new section delving into the current
fascination with and controversies about witches, exposing
our fears and fantasies. They build on their classic exposé
of the demonization of women healers, and the political and
economic monopolization of medicine.
The Womanly Art
of Breastfeeding, Revised 2010. La Leche League International,
Dedicated to supporting nursing and expectant mothers, the internationally respected La Leche League has set the standard for educating and empowering mothers for generations. Now their classic bestselling guide has been retooled, refocused, and updated for today’s mothers and lifestyles. Working mothers, stay-at-home moms, single moms, and mothers of multiples will all benefit from the book’s range of nursing advice, stories, and information—from preparing for breastfeeding during pregnancy to feeding cues, from nursing positions to expressing and storing breast milk. With all-new photos and illustrations, this ultimate support bible offers professional and real-life wisdom and guidance on breastfeeding.
Your Best Pregnancy: the Ultimate Guide to Easing the
Aches, Pains, and Uncomfortable Side Effects During Each Stage of Your
Pregnancy. Jill Hoefs & Denise Jagroo, $23.95
Written by two physical therapists with over twenty years
of combined experience helping women ease sore feet, aching backs, incessant
peeing, and many other uncomfortable conditions, Your Best Pregnancy provides simple solutions and easy exercises to help women feel their best from
head to toe. Through detailed photographs, illustrations, and down-to-earth
advice that is both medically substantiated as well as easy to understand, you
will learn how to:
- Treat the most uncomfortable symptoms during pregnancy, such as
back and shoulder pain, bladder issues, night cramps, sciatica, swelling, and
- Maintain a healthy pregnancy, even while on bed rest.
- Correctly strengthen the pelvic floor and core to prevent
- Nurse, lift, and care for a baby (or babies) using proper body
mechanics to avoid strain and injury.
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