In addition to Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth, my go-to books tend to be these:
- Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way
by Susan McCutcheon. this book does a great job educating you on the stages of labor and how to best relax through all of them. It’s easy to read and very informative. I used many of the relaxation tips in my own labors.
- Touchpoints: Your Child’s Emotional and Behavioral Development
by T. Berry Brazelton.this book is divided into three parts which catalog the touchpoints of development, common problems of early childhood, and ways parents and family members can be “allies in development.” Brazelton treats his readers with lots of respect.
- The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night
by Elizabeth Pantley and William Sears. after months of sleepless nights, this book helped us help our son sleep on his own–just like the title says–without crying and in really gentle ways. The book has lots of step-by suggestions I found useful.
If none of these titles seem to fit your needs or interest, please be sure to ask Francie, Mary, or me, and we’ll help you find what you are looking for.–Kaylene