A Look at Natural Birth Books

A Look at Natural Birth Books

To me, natural birth is like saying “breast is best”.  The alternatives are the bad things, so why do we have to spin it the other way?  Before doctors and the food industry took over our childbirth and rearing practices, natural birth and breastfeeding were concepts we took for granted.  Now, we have to work hard to convince people that these “alternative” practices are the way to go.  If you are interested in natural birth, these books will offer some valuable insights and help guide you through your choices.

Natural Hospital Birth: The Best of Both Worlds
Too often interventions are imposed on mothers in the hospital, but not all mothers seeking natural birth are interested in home births.  This book guides mothers through the options and methods to achieve a peaceful, natural birth while still taking advantage of the medical options available in hospitals.

Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way
The Bradley method has been popular since its introduction in 1970.  This book offers detailed information on the stages of labor, as well as how to achieve a Bradley birth while preparing physically for the birth.

Ina May's Guide to Childbirth
Ina May Gaskin, renowned midwife, offers her insights into a natural birth, including how to reduce pain without using drugs, information on episiotomy, natural methods of induction and how to work with doctors and midwives, to name a few.  This book is a solid resource for anyone wanting to pursue a female-centered model of birthing.

I have had one hospital birth and one natural birth at home, and for me, the home birth was by far the best choice.  Our whole family stayed together and the birth itself was so much calmer and more peaceful.  My next child will be born naturally as well.