Book List

From the Nation’s Leading Midwife… “Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth” – Ina May Gaskin

This is the most valuable book I have read so far, many birth stories and Ina May explains many questions I had on mind and excellent analysis on various issues including the one I favored the most – the psychological factors that influence birth. If I only had time to read one pregnancy book, this would be it!

The Official Lamaze Guide: Giving Birth with Confidence

Wonderful book recommended by Kathy, it explores various realistic issues on history of birth, and how to approach for a birth that you desire. This is a must-read since it presents medical model and normal birth with comparison based upon reliable researches and gives plenty of valuable advice and options.

Having Twins and More (A Parent’s Guide to Multiple Pregnancy, Birth and Early Childhood) – Elizabeth Noble with Leo Sorger, M.D.

Because of the mixed reviews on Amazon, I wasn’t sure about buying this book until the midwife encouraged me to give it a try – what a great book on multiple pregnancy, even though I don’t believe in every story that was mentioned, I believe the author was a great observer of many practices and was not afraid to point out the motivation and drive for certain practices. I would even recommend this book to women who are carrying singleton.

Special Delivery – Rahima Baldwin

First published in 1979, this book shocked me with the various techniques that are so new to me. Dr. Gil recommended this book and I was happy to find it on Amazon since it’s out of print long time ago. Interesting tips on turning breech positioned babies.

What Every Pregnant Woman Should Know, The Truth about Diets and Drugs in Pregnancy by Gail Sforza Brewer with Tom Brewer, M.D., Medical Consultant

Published in 1977, this is an excellent introduction book on reality check with our diet. So little did we know, that so many toxin foods  pregnant women are taking in without even realizing up to 300 chemicals are passing through our placenta (according to EWG report). What’s more interesting is many diets such as low-salt, weight control practices that were adopted by medical doctors throughout time. Very good book to understand certain nutrition related problems such as toxemia and preclampsia. It also provides some sample pregnancy recipes, I was shocked how relevant the information still is for today and I admire the writers in earlier days, who are not afraid to tackle the problems head on.

You: Having a Baby, the Owner’s Manual to a Happy and Healthy Pregnancy – Michael F. Roizen, Mehmet C. Oz

We received this book as a gift from Michael’s aunt Laurie and this was the first pregnancy book for both of us. Overall, very fun book to read, with detailed illustration and focus on new science of epigenetics, which makes a lot of sense. I love the humor in this book and the exercise, very comprehensive book for the couple.

The Complete Book of Pregnancy & Childbirth – Sheila Kitzinger

Sheila Kitzinger didn’t get her reputation for nothing, she’s really knowledgeable and this book is very complete!

The Essential C-Section Guide – Maureen Connolly and Dana Sullivan

Since there’s a higher chance for me to get a C-section, if the first baby is not head down or I go into preterm labor. So I am reading this one to prepare myself for the major surgery.

The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth – Henci Goer

Twin Sense – Dogmara Scalise

I can only get through the first chapter, will go back to it only if I have extra time. I didn’t think it was that good.

Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn – Penny Simkin, Janet Whalley, Ann Keppler, Janelle Durham, April Bolding

When You’re Expecting Twins, Triplets, or Quads – Barbara Luke and Tamara Eberlein

This is an excellent book with a focus on nutrition and diet, highly recommended for pregnancy with multiples.

Mothering Multiples – Karen Kerkhoff Gromada


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