my all-time fav pregnancy book
I LOVE this book on childbirth - the authors outline some of what they teach in their birthing classes, and give a lot of explanation. I love the preparedness activities such as birth drawings and writing down our expectations and fears, so that we are prepared. They also mention other traditions that aren't "for me" like belly-casting and burying the placenta, but not in too weird a way. I like that the authors do not pretend that labor is easy or painless, but that they give recommendations on how to manage the pain. They talk about truly making the birth your own experience, regardless of whether it's natural or not, unmedicated or not. This book gave me good, positive feelings. There was a wonderful section for fathers/birth companions. I love and copied the reference cards in the appendix and took them to the hospital with us - Pain-Coping Techniques, Questions to Help You Get Information (about whether certain tests/procedures/interventions are necessary, etc.).