Currently I am in the middle of reading way too many books. A few pages here and there is all I really fit in most days. I don’t know the precise reason but it could be a combination of: trying to find me time while being a Mom to three kids including a new baby, running my home birth practice, trying to continue my education, fuel my love of reading and keep up with new resources for my pregnant clients….among many other things. (silly emoji face)
A book I really want to check out and am curious if anyone has it or has read it is The Mama Natural Week By Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth by Genevieve Howland, 2017. I’ve heard good things about it and have seen a bit of the content online. I am going to order it on Amazing Amazon and follow up to let you know how it is. But it looks like its a great up-to-date guide to pregnancy and birth. Most of the “What to Expect” books are fear based and don’t have good natural options for most pregnancy things like so I definitely feel that a book like this can be a valuable read to all pregnant mommas out there.
Here is what I’m reading now (not sure anyone cares but I’m just having fun blogging):
Rediscovering Birth by Sheila Kitzinger. Its a great source of info about birth traditions across time, cultures and the countries. You read about the mythologies of pregnancy and birth over time and how the care for pregnant women has evolved with both OBs and Midwives. It really is a great book.
The Gift of Giving Life by Felice Austin. This takes a highly spiritual outlook on pregnancy and birth targeted toward Christian women. It focuses on how pregnancy and birth are not to be feared but treasured as joyful experiences to us closer to God as a woman and as a family. I thoroughly enjoy the reminder this book has brought to me about the spiritual beauty of birth.
Hold On To Your Kids by Gordon Neufield. A great read about how kids need to have a strong unbreakable attachment to their parents to combat the strong pull and often negative influence and effect peers have on our kids.
The Book of Mormon. I read this as much as possible to keep my relationship with Christ and God intact and strong. These strong relationships really help me balance all the balls I juggle on a daily basis.
The Gender Games. This one is just for fun. I think I’m on the third book. Its post-apocalyptic, there are two communities/cities, one is Patriarchal, run by men, the other Matriarchal. Both inhabit men and women, but the societies are completely different, and of course, they’re at war with each other. It’s kinda like a Hunger Game and Divergent type story. Pretty entertaining.
So, The Mama Natural Week By Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth by Genevieve Howland, 2017 is sooooo good. Its a complete guide on how to have a healthy, safe, and informed pregnancy and birth. It guides you to choose the right provider for you, birth location, etc. It talks nutrition, exercise, baby development week by week, and much more. I recommend CHUCKING OUT all “What to Expect” books and buy this Mama Natural book, you wont regret it!