Labour & Delivery


Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth

NOTE: If you read one book to prepare yourself for labour and delivery, please, make it Ina May’s. It is completely mind-blowing. Regardless of how you plan or end up delivering, the idea that birth is inherently normal, and not a medical situation, is critical to understand. Take some of it with a grain of salt (and disregard all nutritional advice!), but the overarching philosophy is so incredibly empowering. The first half of the book is excessively positive birth stories. Honest, but positive. No fear-mongering here (like that damn What To Expect book…get rid of that!). The latter half is a fascinating look at how labour & delivery became so medicalized, what traditional cultures do and how we can utilize this knowledge. Again, regardless of your plan (you don’t need to want a home/water/forest birth if that’s not your style!), the knowledge and empowerment that comes from reading this book will be invaluable.

If you want a preview of her approach, check out her TEDx Talk on Reducing Fear of Birth.


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