RECOMMENDED

RESOURCES

PREGNANCY AND BIRTH

  • The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin (Everything you need to know to help a woman through childbirth.  Labor, comfort measures, medical procedures, and more from the partner’s point of view.)

  • Made for This: The Catholic Mom’s Guide to Birth by Mary Haseltine (See blurb from back cover below—I HIGHLY recommend this book!)

    • “Made for This: The Catholic Mom’s Guide to Birth is the first book on the topic of childbirth from a Catholic and holistic point of view. Birth affects all of a woman - body, mind, heart, and soul. In Made for This, the Catholic woman can learn how to understand, prepare for, and experience her unique birth in all those ways through the lens of her Faith. Steeped in Catholic teaching and in an understanding of the Theology of the Body as taught by Pope Saint John Paul II, Made for This helps you invite the One who designed it all in the first place to permeate your unique birth...no matter what kind of birth you have. Topics include: birth plan decisions, preparing your body, mind, and soul for motherhood, the theology of birth, practical guidance and tips for before, during, and after birth, cesarean birth, healing from birth trauma and handling loss, and so much more. Filled with first hand testimonies from 40 Catholic mothers as well as wisdom from popes and saints, Made for This can help make your unique birth everything that God wants it to be for you and your baby.”

  • Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin (Wonderful, empowering birth stories and information.)

  • The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth by Henci Goer (Research based information – hospital birth preparation.)

  • Active Birth by Janet Balakas (inspiring and in-depth treatment of natural birth, in or out of hospital. Tells how yoga can prepare you for birth, and how to use it during labor.)

  • Birthing From Within by Pam England and Rob Horowitz (It helps a woman find her own way to go with nature and her own body. This also helps with healing from birth trauma.)

  • HypnoBirthing: a Celebration of Life by Marie F. Mongan (Using Self Hypno Therapy techniques to prepare for labor.)

 

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