Best Pregnancy and Childbirth Books
We cannot emphasize enough how important it is to arm yourself with knowledge about your pregnancy and childbirth options. There is a wealth of information out there on these topics, but how can one choose among the many pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum books? The quality of information and value of guidance vary greatly. Some better known and more popular books contain plenty of misinformation and poor advice, while less well-known books offer excellent information and guidance.
The Childbirth Connection staff has carefully evaluated stacks of advice books to find ones with accurate information and guidance to help you make informed decisions for you and your baby. Below is a list of books we highly recommend, listed by topic.
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Culture and Politics of Childbearing and Maternity Care
Planning for Pregnancy
||Before Your Pregnancy: A 90-Day Guide for Couples on How to Prepare for a Healthy Conception (2002), by Amy Ogle and Lisa Mazzullo.|
Comprehensive manual to help couples understand and influence the many factors before and shortly after conception that affect the developing embryo and fetus. Covers lifestyle habits, nutrition, exercise, body weight, gynecologic and overall health, fertility, work and home environments, genetics, preconception care, and financial planning.
Learn more about about Before Your Pregnancyfrom Amazon
Having a Healthy and Comfortable Pregnancy
Continuous Support During Childbirth by Doulas and Others; Postpartum Doulas
Effects of Maternity Interventions, Making Informed Decisions
Cesareans, Cesarean Recovery, and Vaginal Birth after Cesarean (VBAC)
New Mothers' Health and Wellness
Newborn/Infant Health and Well-Being
Survivors of Early Sexual Abuse
Loss, Grief, Trauma
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Listening to MothersSM III: New Mothers Speak Out
(June 2013) reports on new national surveys about issues women face in the postpartum period and their views about maternity care.
Access the full report and supplementary materials
Listening to MothersSM III
(May 2013) is the third national survey exploring women's experiences in pregnancy and childbirth.
Commissioned by Childbirth Connection, conducted by Harris Interactive, and
funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the survey polled 2,400 women who gave
birth in U.S. hospitals from 2011 to 2012. Results show that medically
intensive experiences are typical, and evidence-based practices are
underutilized. Childbearing women need better support and knowledge to
navigate their maternity care.
Access the full report and supplementary materials New Report: Maternity Care and
report and supporting materials New Report: The Cost of Having a Baby in the United
StatesGo to report
and supporting materials New Cesarean Resources:Go to Best Evidence Report Go to web pages and booklet for women
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