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As a knowledgeable birth and postpartum doula, many of the families with whom I work inquire about the best books to read in preparation for their upcoming birth and new baby. I’d like to share some of my suggestions with you. Why not try this out Columbia Crossings Doula Services-Washougal Childbirth Class

Every pregnant woman, in my opinion, should read Henci Goer’s “The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth.” This book tells women about the advantages and disadvantages of all of their labour options. She discusses the most recent studies on topics ranging from extended first-stage delivery to vaginal birth following a caesarean section. Order “Birth Skill’s” by JuJu Sundin if you only have time to read one book to help you prepare for childbirth. This book is only available for purchase via Amazon. The author is an Englishwoman with a unique range of skills for dealing with labour pain. It’s really one-of-a-kind, and it’s not included in any of the books I’ve read. The Hypnobirthing CDs are another programme that has been very helpful in teaching relaxation methods during childbirth. You start listening to these a few months before your baby is due. They demonstrate how to achieve a deep state of relaxation.

If you only have time to read one book, read “Breastfeeding Made Easy” by Nancy Mohrbacher if you intend to breastfeed your son. It is straightforward, easy to comprehend, and illustrated beautifully.

There are so many books about how to care for your baby on the market that it can be daunting for new parents. Many of the books are diametrically opposed to one another. The majority of them err on the side of one extreme or the other. Either they promote what I refer to as “baby driven parenting” or they are adamant about your baby’s every step being scheduled. I don’t agree with any of these extreme points of view. I believe in parent-led parenting that considers the wants and needs of the child. Tracy Hogg’s book “Secrets of the Baby Whisperer” is one of my favourites. It’s chock-full of useful advice that’s also entertaining and simple to learn. I wish I had had this book when my kids were little! Dr. Harvey Karp’s “The Happiest Baby on the Block” DVD is another excellent resource for new parents. He teaches parents how to stimulate their baby’s soothing reflex with five basic techniques. I’ve used it for a lot of fussy babies, and it really works.