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Books to read and hypno birthing

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Teddybear33 Thu 20-Mar-14 17:51:38


Does anyone have any must read pre-parenting books? Or any advice re hypno birthing?

I know slightly unrelated but keen to read any useful books and keen to consider trying hypno birthing. One of my friends swears it was brilliant.


bakingtins Thu 20-Mar-14 17:56:05

I used Natal Hypnotherapy CDs and found them useful. If nothing else you get a lovely snooze every day of your maternity leave, but I think it did help, I had 2 births with only a bit of gas and air.
If you want to breastfeed I highly recommend The Food of Love by Kate Evans.

Teddybear33 Thu 20-Mar-14 18:06:11

Thanks bakingtins

weebleswillwobble Thu 20-Mar-14 18:07:30

I really recommend 'Birth Skills' by Juju Sundin. Lots of incredibly practical strategies for managing pain in labour, but without being too hippy and/or too preachy.

CrepeFoofette Thu 20-Mar-14 18:07:31

Hi teddybear. This is my first pregnancy so I'm not sure how well the Hypnobirthing will work when the time comes, but the book I am reading and the cd have made me feel much more calm and confident at the prospect of giving birth. I listen to the cd every day (and like bakingtins I have a nice nap!).

I use the following book and cd given to me by my midwife link

I am also reading Grantly Dick-Read's book "Childbirth Without Fear" link It's quite old and 'medical' but it's a good read smile

stargirl1701 Thu 20-Mar-14 18:08:05

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding.

hayesgirl Thu 20-Mar-14 18:50:34

Depending how hippy-ish you've become during pregnancy and how much detail you want about birth etc (I get very hippy-ish when pregnant and as a lawyer I always want to research everything!) I would recommend Ina May's Guide to Childbirth

hayesgirl Thu 20-Mar-14 18:53:27

Oh and I loved the hypnobirthing book and CD during my first pregnancy and it really helped during the birth. I just have calm childbirth meditations now that I am listening to. I hope they sink in subliminally because I have fallen asleep about 10 mins in every time!!

Lozmatoz Fri 21-Mar-14 08:10:21

I did, and am doing again, the official Hypnobirthing, by Marie Mongan. I swear it was wonderful, I felt completely in control and had a quick labour. I wouldn't say without pain though! I do the relaxation on the CD most days. We aldi went to lessons the first time. This was good as we were both involved, rather than me reading and my husband not having a clue. My DS also turned out to be a really happy and relaxed baby, not much crying. Although he's made up for it now he's nearly 2!

Also try Ina May Gaskell.

LastOneDancing Fri 21-Mar-14 08:29:01

DH and I have just done a natal hypnotherapy course locally and have come away feeling a lot more calm and confident about labour.

I thought DH would find it all a bit 'woo' but he's taken it in board and now we have a few things in the toolkit to try and keep calm when things get a bit intense. It's given him a much better idea of how he can help me rather than flapping or feeling a spare part. The positive affirmations and stories are great.

Ive been using the CDs on and off, but found the course a lot more helpful as I enjoy that kind of interactive thing blush

KitKatChick Fri 21-Mar-14 10:58:58

This one isn't just birth related but I found it really good: Expecting Better why the conventional pregnancy wisdom is wrong and what you really need to know. It's written by Emily Oster a professor of economics and gives you a lot of useful information rather than just vague advice. I really like the fact in encourages you to make your own decisions as some of the usual advice given to pregnant women isn't as clear cut as it' often presented. Very interesting read.

BlanketSky Fri 21-Mar-14 19:14:29

'Baby led breastfeeding' is also good

'First time parent' by Lucy Atkins is useful as a first timer (but feeding advice isn't great- in fact, explaining how to make formula up is wrong- unless it's been updated since my copy). Good overview.

MarrogfromMars Fri 21-Mar-14 19:19:19

Another big fan of 'Birth Skills' here.
And 'First Time Parent' was also good to read - less preachy than most parenting books.

Parliamo Fri 21-Mar-14 19:34:54

I can't tell you how much I loved my Hypnobirthing course. I practically had a crush on the instructor I loved it so much. Dh was also a convert. I still use some of the techniques and meditations a year later. I just wish I had done it with my first pregnancy like I wanted instead of with my third when I was desperate. We used the Katherine Graves version, which is British not US like the Mongan method. Not that I mean English = better, but there is some stuff to do with dealing with hcp that is obviously more relevant.

I also liked the food of love, and my favourite parenting book so far is by Penelope leech.

pickletalk14 Sat 22-Mar-14 09:27:19

Rough guide to pregnancy and birth is an easy read and light hearted without being patronising.

Teddybear33 Sun 23-Mar-14 19:18:17

Thanks ladies I have just written this list down :-) xx

Snowlet Mon 24-Mar-14 09:26:56

I'm reading the Ina May Gaskin Guide to Breastfeeding now and finding it incredibly useful. (it's cheap on kindle)

The Mongan hypno book so far has been amazing, we're booked onto the course too.

This is for down the road (quite a ways) but Alfie Kohn's Unconditional Parenting is one of the most insightful books I've read ever, on any subject.... it even made me rethink (for the better) parts of my own childhood and realise that certain things weren't my fault.

Good luck!

Teddybear33 Tue 25-Mar-14 22:14:55

Thanks Snowlet. Very intrigued to read the last one as didn't have the easiest childhood myself. X

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