Best Pregnancy and Childbirth Books
We cannot emphasize enough how important it is to arm yourself with knowledge about your pregnancy and childbirth options. There is a wealth of information out there on these topics, but how can one choose among the many pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum books? The quality of information and value of guidance vary greatly. Some better known and more popular books contain plenty of misinformation and poor advice, while less well-known books offer excellent information and guidance.
The Childbirth Connection staff has carefully evaluated stacks of advice books to find ones with accurate information and guidance to help you make informed decisions for you and your baby. Below is a list of books we highly recommend, listed by topic.
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Culture and Politics of Childbearing and Maternity Care
Planning for Pregnancy
||Before Your Pregnancy: A 90-Day Guide for Couples on How to Prepare for a Healthy Conception (2002), by Amy Ogle and Lisa Mazzullo.|
Comprehensive manual to help couples understand and influence the many factors before and shortly after conception that affect the developing embryo and fetus. Covers lifestyle habits, nutrition, exercise, body weight, gynecologic and overall health, fertility, work and home environments, genetics, preconception care, and financial planning.
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Having a Healthy and Comfortable Pregnancy
Continuous Support During Childbirth by Doulas and Others; Postpartum Doulas
Effects of Maternity Interventions, Making Informed Decisions
Cesareans, Cesarean Recovery, and Vaginal Birth after Cesarean (VBAC)
New Mothers' Health and Wellness
Newborn/Infant Health and Well-Being
Survivors of Early Sexual Abuse
Loss, Grief, Trauma
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