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Better 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 each trimester
  • 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 Crisis. Shelia Kitzinger, $36.95

One new mother in twenty is diagnosed with traumatic stress after childbirth. In BIRTH CRISIS, Sheila Kitzinger explores the disempowerment and anxiety experienced by these women. Key topics discussed include:

  • increasing intervention in pregnancy
  • the shift in emphasis from relationships to technology in childbirth
  • how family, friends and professional caregivers can reach out to traumatized mothers
  • how women can work through stress to understand themselves more deeply and grow in emotional maturity
  • how care and the medical system needs to be changed.

BIRTH CRISIS draws on mothers' voices and real-life experiences to explore the suffering after childbirth which has traditionally been brushed under the carpet. It is a fascinating and useful resource for student and practicing midwives, all health professionals, and women and their families who want to learn how to overcome a traumatic birth.

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.

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Birth Matters: a Midwife’s Manifesta.  Ina May Gaskin, $18.95

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.

Birth & Sex: the Power and the Passion. Sheila Kitzinger, $19.95

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 of childbirth.

Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin & the Farm Midwives. A film by Sara Lamm & Mary Wigmore, $24.95 (Not available for classroom use or public viewing. For Home Use only.)

BIRTH STORY captures a spirited group of women who taught themselves how to deliver babies on a 1970s hippie commune, rescued modern midwifery from extinction, and changed the way a generation thought about childbirth. Today, these women labour on – fighting to preserve their knowledge, and pushing once again for the rebirth of birth.

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 Mohrbacher, $21.95

As a busy mom, you probably donít 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.

The Business of Baby. Jennifer Margulia, $29.99

What doctors don’t tell you, what corporations try to sell you, and how to put your pregnancy, childbirth, and baby before the bottom line.

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Canada’s Pregnancy Care Book. Mount Sinai Hospital Toronto, Michèle Farrugia, Jacqueline Thomas & Paul Bernstein, $34.95

Written by three leading obstetricians and researchers, this balanced, practical and informative  guide to everything related to pregnancy takes readers from preconception through to the birth of their newborn.

Childbirth Without Fear, 2013 Edition. Grantly Dick-Read, Foreword by Ina May Gaskin

In an age when normal birth can still be overtaken by obstetrics, Grantly Dick-Read's philosophy is still as fresh and relevant as it was when he originally wrote this book. He unpicks the root causes of women's fears and anxiety about pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding with overwhelming heart and empathy. As one of the most influential birthing books of all time, CHILDBIRTH WITHOUT FEAR is essential reading for all parents-to-be, childbirth educators, midwives and obstetricians!

This definitive reissue includes the full text of the fourth edition, the last completed by Grantly Dick-Read before his death in 1959, and The Autobiography of Grantly Dick-Read, compiled from his writings.

The Complete Guide to Everyday Risks in Pregnancy & Breastfeeding: Answers to Your Questions about Morning Sickness, Medications, Herbs, Diseases, Chemical Exposures & More. Dr. Gideon Koren & the Motherisk Program at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto. $24.95

Recognized throughout the world, the Motherisk program at the Hospital for Sick Children provides counseling based on the most up-to-date information on substances or environmental factors that can cause birth defects. It's the largest program of its kind worldwide and has counseled over half a million women and their families and health professionals. Now this information has been compiled in a single, easy-to-understand volume that offers authoritative descriptions of the risks during pregnancy and breastfeeding. It is an invaluable and comprehensive reference for expecting and lactating mothers and their health care providers.

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.

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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.

Cut, Stapled, & Mended: When One Woman Reclaimed Her Body and Gave Birth on Her Own Terms. Roanna Rosewood, $18.95

From two Cesarean sections to a home birth, this memoir is a moving and intimate look at the healing power of birth.

The Dad’s Playbook to Labor and Birth. Theresa & Brad Halvorsen, $17.95

A practical and strategic guide to preparing for the big day!

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Doulas: Why Every Pregnant Woman Deserves One. Susan Ross, $25.95

Doulas are trained to look after you, both emotionally and physically, during pregnancy, labour and birth. They empower you to negotiate the best care for you and your baby. They act as your advocate, and provide support, reassurance, and encouragement. In DOULAS, you will find all you need to know about:

  • Why doulas are so important to the birth experience
  • Choosing the right doula for you
  • What doula care entails
  • Prenatal education
  • Conquering your fear of labour and birthing
  • And much more...

DreamBirth: Transforming the Journey of Childbirth through Imagery. Catherine Shainberg, $22.95

Bringing a new life into the world is the most profound act of creativity in the human experience. By communicating with your body through the language of dreams and imagery, Dr. Catherine Shainberg, teaches how you can experience the journey of childbirth — exhilarating, natural, and overflowing with love — and be an active participant in all four phases of childbirth — conception, pregnancy, labor, and post–partum care. Created as an essential resource for parents, midwives, fertility experts, and any birth care professional, DreamBirth includes:

  • Instruction in using imagery and conscious dreaming to activate the creative power of your mind and the deep wisdom of your body
  • Pre–conception and conception — practices for preparing to conceive and calling to the spirit of your child
  • In–depth guidance for navigating each trimester of pregnancy, the two stages of labor, and essential early bonding
  • Effective imagery for dissolving anxiety around childbirth
  • Techniques for fathers and partners, and much more

Dropping the Baby and Other Scary Thoughts: Breaking the Cycle of Unwanted Thoughts in Motherhood. Karen Kleiman & Amy Wenzel, $53.50

This book addresses the nature of the intrusive, negative, and anxious thoughts pregnant and postpartum women can experience. It provides answers to the women who seek information, clarification, and validation and is a useful resource for healthcare professionals who work with them. It is a resource for consumers and clinicians who confront these negative cognitions by outlining what these thoughts are, why they are there, and what can be done about them. The compassionate tone of the book aims to inform and reassure, and is written by two clinicians who have established themselves as leading experts and authors in this specialized field.

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Dynamic Positions in Birth: a Fresh Look at How Women's Bodies Work in Labour. Margaret Jowitt, $21.95

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 birth.

The Everything® Father-to-Be Book: a Survival Guide for Men, 3rd Edition. Kevin Nelson, $21.95

Advice and tips from dads who’ve been there — this useful guide gives you everything you need to be a perfect partner and super dad.

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Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom Is Wrong — and What You Really Need to Know. Emily Oster, $19.00

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 surprising.  

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.  

Giving Birth, DVD. Suzanne Arms & Suzanne Berthiaume, $49.95 (36 minutes)

GIVING BIRTH is the acclaimed film by Suzanne Arms that compares the medical model of birth with the biological model for birth. In this film:

  • Three obstetricians and a hospital labor and delivery nurse speak on the importance of natural, normal birth.
  • A doula talks about the value of having a doula with a woman throughout labor
  • A water birth
  • A Cesarean mother speaking about her experience of surgical birth
  • Midwifery care
  • A labor and the first hours after birth
  • No full-frontal nudity
  • Suitable for children
  • Features Dr. Christiane Northrup (author, "Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom)
  • Special bonus material includes clips from the first hour after birth, the birth of the placenta, cutting of the cord, breastfeeding, father and his newborn son, and the 2 year old sibling with her new brother, as well as the midwife's commentary on the birth.

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A Good Birth: Finding the Positive and Profound In Your Birth Experience. Anne Drapkin Lyerly, $19.00

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.

Homebirth in the Hospital: Integrating Natural Childbirth with Modern Medicine. Stacey Marie Kerr, $19.95

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.

Impact of Birthing Practices on Breastfeeding, 2nd Edition. Linda Smith, $118.95

IMPACT OF BIRTHING PRACTICES ON BREASTFEEDING examines the research and evidence connecting birth practices to breastfeeding outcomes.  It takes an in-depth look at the post-birth experiences of the mother and baby, using the baby’s ability to breastfeed as the vehicle, the mother’s lactation capacity as a factor, and the intact mother-baby dyad as the model to address birth practices that affect breastfeeding.  

The 2nd Edition has been completely revised to include new information on infant outcomes, including epidural anesthesia and Cesarean surgery, clinical strategies for helping the mother and baby recover from birth injuries, medications and complications, and information on the World Health Organization’s Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative with its Mother-Friendly Childbirth Module.

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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.

It’s My 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.

Joyous Childbirth Changes the World. Tadashi Yoshimura, $16.95

The truth and power of birth is the subject of Dr. Yoshimura’s first book published in North America. Yoshimura describes babies born directly into the arms of their mothers, and women so transformed with pride and passion in their ability that they are joyous and forever changed. Instead of a medical emergency, Yoshimura describes birth as a transcendent and natural process that cannot be perfected, and that, when performed through the innate power of women, reveals what he calls a “mystic beauty.” Full of delightful stories of birthing women and peaceful smiling infants, and helpful tips from his childbirth preparation program, Joyous Childbirth Changes the World is a must-read for all expectant parents and those who care for them. Yoshimura’s clinic serves as a testament to the kind of compassionate birth culture that is possible if we prioritize the health and experience of women and babies. 

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The Kind Mama: a Simple Guide to Supercharged Fertility, a Radiant Pregnancy, a Sweeter Birth, and a Healthier, More Beautiful Beginning. Alicia Silverstone, $27.50

In The Kind Mama, Alicia Silverstone has created a comprehensive and practical guide empowering women to take charge of their fertility, pregnancy, and early months with baby. Drawing on her own experience, as well as that of obstetricians, midwives, nutritionists, holistic health counselors, and others, Silverstone offers advice on getting oneís "baby house" in order through nutrient-rocking foods that heal and nourish, and, once pregnant, gentle ways to boost comfort, energy, and health during each trimester. She helps readers navigate everything from prenatal testing and birth plans to successful breastfeeding and creating a supportive "baby nest." The result is an authoritative, one-stop guide that empowers women to trust their instincts during this vital milestone, while helping them embark on a healthy and more vibrant path to motherhood.

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 Carlson, $24.95

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 Bardacke, $24.99

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 parenting.

Natural Hospital Birth: the Best of Both Worlds. Cynthia Gabriel, $23.95

In NATURAL HOSPITAL BIRTH, doula Cynthia Gabriel shows expectant mothers what they can do to avoid unnecessary medical interventions and how to take initiative and consciously prepare for the kind of birth they want to have. Also included are inspiring stories from other women who know firsthand that natural birth in the hospital is possible. With this book, you will be equipped with the knowledge you need to ensure a satisfying hospital birth.

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.

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Origins: 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.

Overcoming Baby Blues: a Comprehensive Guide to Perinatal Depression. Gordon Parker, Kerrie Eyers & Philip Boyce, $29.95

A practical guide to the depression suffered by many women both during pregnancy and after the baby is born, with advice on identifying the symptoms and seeking the right help, for both women and their partners.

Oxytocin: the Biological Guide to Motherhood. Kerstin Uvnäs Moberg, $61.95

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.

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The Penguin Book of Baby Names for Canadians. $16.00

THE PENGUIN BOOK OF BABY NAMES FOR CANADIANS guides you through the process of choosing a name for your newborn with helpful naming hints, advice on name pronunciation and origins, and culturally diverse names. It's also full of useful lists, including the most popular names in Canada by province; names of famous Canadians — and what famous Canadians are naming their children.

Pregnancy Blues: What Every Woman Needs to Know about Depression During Pregnancy. Shaila Kulkarni Misri, $21.00

The numbers are surprising: up to 70 percent of pregnant women experience some degree of depressive symptoms and of those, 12 percent meet the diagnostic criteria for major depression. Although it is at least as common as postpartum depression, which occurs after a child's birth, pregnancy-related depression is often cloaked in silence, shame, and denial. PREGNANCY BLUES lifts the veil on this heartbreaking and very treatable illness, examining the key social and biological factors that can come together during pregnancy to create a climate in which depression thrives, as well as offering the many effective treatments that are available.

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.

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The Pregnancy Encyclopedia. Canadian Edition with Dr. Beth Cruickshank, $46.00

The Pregnancy Encyclopedia is an engaging and accessible question-and-answer guide to some of the most commonly asked questions about pregnancy, packed with full-color photographs and illustrations.

The Prenatal Bombshell: Help and Hope When Continuing or Ending a Precious Pregnancy After an Abnormal Diagnosis. Stephanie Azri & Sherokee Ilse, $52.95

Finding out your unborn child has been diagnosed with a poor or fatal prenatal diagnosis is devastating news sure to reverberate through your family’s life forever. The emotional aspects of such a pregnancy and the practical implications of an adverse diagnosis are difficult to navigate. The Prenatal Bombshell is a warm and understanding companion guide through the journey from diagnosis and beyond once you’ve decided to either continue or end your precious pregnancy. Issues such as managing the pregnancy, delivery, termination, creating memories, future babies, and the long term impact of such a traumatic experience are all covered in detail. The lived experiences of other women who have gone through this journey are also included to provide hope, support, and guidance through difficult times. 

The Prenatal Bombshell does not attempt to convince women to make a particular choice about their pregnancy. It supports them from their choice onwards in a way that is honest, informative, and reliable. Filled with stories and testimonies, this is a helpful book to have during, and well beyond, a poor prenatal diagnosis. 

Real Food for Mother and Baby: The Fertility Diet, Eating for Two, and Baby's First Foods. Nina Planck, $18.50

Food activist Nina Planck has never been one to blindly accept common wisdom, so when she became pregnant, she decided to look at the nutritional advice recommended for pregnancy. What she found was surprising: advice that is occasionally inaccurate and often impossible. In REAL FOOD FOR MOTHER AND BABY Nina explains why commonly held ideas about pregnancy and infant nutrition are misguided and how real food is good for growing minds and bodies. The general rules aren't surprising but some of the details might be.

Filled with reassuring advice for parents who want to grow their children on a diet of whole and natural foods, REAL FOOD FOR MOTHER AND BABY is a must-have.

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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 possible?

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.

Relieving Pelvic Pain During and After Pregnancy: How Women Can Heal Chronic Pelvic Instability. Cecile Röst, $22.00

Pregnancy weakens the ligaments that keep the pelvic bones together. If these ligaments become overloaded, pelvic instability can result, leading to pain around the joints that may last for weeks or even years. Cecile Röst, a physical therapist, has devised a treatment program that is simple and effective.

The first part of the book uses over 100 illustrations to illustrate symmetry and stabilization exercises to control the pelvis, and the best positions for sitting, standing, lying, and other daily activities. The exercises do not cause any pain and can be done at home or under supervision. Part Two is for care providers and gives background information about pelvic pain, a protocol for a first consult, and advanced details of the therapy.

The Ultimate Guide to Pregnancy for Lesbians: How to Stay Sane and Care for Yourself from Preconception through Birth. Rachel Pepper, $24.50

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 drugs
  • Sex, desire, and self-esteem during pregnancy
  • Protecting your legal rights as a lesbian family
  • Negotiating family roles

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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.

What to Eat When You’re Pregnant and Vegetarian: the Complete Guide to Healthy Eating. Rana Conway, $17.99

This no-nonsense book is a handy and compact guide to healthy eating for vegetarians who are expecting. This definitive approach provides expert guidance on how to eat and drink in a way that will keep you healthy, your baby safe, and provide the ideal fuel for growth and development.

When You're Expecting Twins, Triplets or Quads: Proven Guidelines for a Healthy Multiple Pregnancy. Barbara Luke & Tamara Eberlein, $25.99

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 guide contains:

  • 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 and cravings
  • 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 Schiller, $16.95

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 world.

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, $10.95

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, $24.00

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 varicose veins.
  • Maintain a healthy pregnancy, even while on bed rest.
  • Correctly strengthen the pelvic floor and core to prevent diastasis recti.
  • Nurse, lift, and care for a baby (or babies) using proper body mechanics to avoid strain and injury.

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