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Pregnancy & Childbirth Bookshelf

Welcome to StorkNet's Pregnancy and Childbirth Bookshelf. There are so many books available on this subject that we know it can be hard to select the best. Let us help! We've chosen the best books based on visitor input and our own reviews so you don't have to weed through them all. Enjoy! Don't forget to visit StorkNet's Pregnancy Channel and Week-by-Week Pregnancy Guide.

The Birth Book: Everything You Need to Know to Have a Safe and Satisfying Birth
by William and Martha Sears; Paperback, 280 pages

Synopsis: In The Birth Book, William and Martha Sears have turned their attention to the birth experience. In this helpful resource guide, the Searses cover the gamut of possibilities, and teach readers what they need to know to take control of their own birthings. You'll find details about vaginal births; cesareans; VBACs; water births; home births; best birthing positions; drugs; pain; how to design your own birth plan; the humor, chemistry, and sexuality of birth; and pages and pages of birth stories.

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Birthing from Within: An Extra-Ordinary Guide to Childbirth Preparation
by Pam England; Paperback, 331 pages, published July 1998 by Partera Press

Review: Pam England's Birthing From Within explains her holistic approach to childbirth. England uses journal writing, meditation and birth art to prepare expectant mothers and to help them work through their fears of birth. Birthing From Within helps expectant mothers to discover what they want for their birth so they have an empowering experience. This book is recommended for expectant parents and childbirth educators alike.

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A Child Is Born
by Lennart Nilsson
4th Revised Updated Edition, Paperback, 240 pages

Synopsis: In this latest edition of a classic originally published almost 40 years ago, photographer Nilsson and obstetrician Hamberger explore the miracle of birth, from attraction between a man and a woman to fertilization, pregnancy, labor and delivery; they also discuss infertility and developments in IVF and other treatments. Over 350 new photographs have been added to the fourth edition, including in utero pictures captured with endoscopy and three-dimensional ultrasound technology.

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The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth
by Sheila Kitzinger; Revised Edition, Paperback, published December 2003 by Knopf

Synopsis: This new edition of The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth has been extensively revised to reflect scientific advances and cultural trends. Here, candidly and reasonably presented, is all the information expectant parents need to make their own decisions about everything--from which tests to allow to how to handle pain to where to give birth. 300 photos, drawings & diagrams.

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Conception, Pregnancy & Birth: The Childbirth Bible for Today's Parents
by Dr. Miriam Stoppard; Hardcover - 376 pages, published July, 2005 by DK Publishing

Synopsis: Conception, Pregnancy & Birth covers everything that a woman and her partner need to know about having a baby, from the biological explanation of conception to the changes that both fetus and mother go through during the pregnancy. Guidelines for a healthy diet and proper nutrition are laid out, with clear explanations for each dietary component. Case studies describe medical conditions that may adversely affect the pregnancy. The revised edition updates this bible of childbirth into line with today's more flexible, parent-centered approach by the medical profession toward pregnancy and birth.

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Easy Labor: Every Woman's Guide to
Choosing Less Pain and More Joy During Childbirth

by William Camann, MD and Kathryn J. Alexander, MA
Paperback - 336 pages, published January 2006 by Ballantine Books

Review: There are many books on the market today regarding childbirth and many more on pregnancy and childbirth. How can you choose the best one with such a large selection? If you're looking for information on coping with labor pain, StorkNet can help by recommending THE BEST book out there . . . Easy Labor: Every Woman's Guide to Choosing Less Pain and More Joy During Childbirth.
Visit StorkNet's interview with the authors.
Visit StorkNet's complete review of Easy Labor

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Gentle Birth Choices: A Guide to Making Informed Decisions About Birthing Centers, Birth Attendants, Water Birth, Home Birth, Hospital Birth
by Barbara Harper RN; Paperback, 320 pages, published August 2005 by Healing Arts Press

Review: In Gentle Birth Choices, Harper explains the benefits of gentle birthing: birthing at home, in a birth center, in water, etc. Harper describes the evolution of childbirth from a normal, natural occurrence to the technological, medically-controlled illness it has become. Included in this book is a foreward by Robbie Davis-Floyd (author of Birth as an American Rite of Passage) and photographs by birth photographer Suzanne Arms. There is also a video of the same name available. Read our interview with author Barbara Harper

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The Girlfriends' Guide to Pregnancy: Or Everything Your Doctor Won't Tell You
by Vicki Iovine, Paperback, 288 pages, Published by Pocket Books, January 2007

Review: According to one of our readers, this is a DEFINITELY MUST READ! She was so tired of all of those medical books about pregnancy. She feels that the book is straight forward and funny and shares the real things that go on during pregnancy from a women and her friends who have been through it. If you're looking for serious technical books, this isn't for you.

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Great Expectations: Your All-in-One Resource for Pregnancy & Childbirth
by Sandy Jones & Marcie Jones; paperback, 704 pages, published November 2004 by Sterling

This book was created for the intelligent, inquisitive woman who is seeking sound, research-based guidance, and practical advice about childbearing. The book allows them to rapidly navigate thousands of topics using its 150 "quick-reference" tables, bulleted sections, page-by-page headers, and detailed index. It collects all of the most critical new findings from hundreds recent obstetrical studies into one easy-to-read volume, presenting them as "flash facts" to help readers make informed choices using lists of proven benefits and risks for common tests and procedures. HIGHLY Recommended!
Read StorkNet's complete review of this excellent book!

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Healthy Pregnancy Over 35
by Laura Goetzl, MD; paperback - 160 pages, published August 2005 by DK

Synopsis: From eating the best foods at the correct times to adapting a working and social life, Healthy Pregnancy Over 35 is a practical guide to minimizing risks and ensuring an active, enjoyable pregnancy. Including step-by-step stress-reduction and exercise plans, lists of super foods and supplements, and sex tips, this book is packed with essential advice for mothers to be.

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Heart and Hands: A Midwife's Guide to Pregnancy and Birth
by Elizabeth Davis; Paperback, 312 pages, 4th edition, published November 2004 by Celestial Arts

Review: Elizabeth Davis' Heart and Hands: A Midwife's Guide to Pregnancy and Birth is a wonderful resource for midwives and expectant parents as well. Using her midwifery background, Davis gives thorough information about all aspects of midwifery, including prenatal care, pregnancy and birth complications, and postpartum issues. This book contains realistic drawings and explanations of the psychological aspects of birth. I consider Heart and Hands a must-read for all expectant parents.

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Managing Morning Sickness: A Survival Guide for Pregnant Women
by Miriam Erick, RD, MS; Paperback - 412 pages, published January 2004 by Bull Publishing

Synopsis: Based on the author's work with thousands of women, this new edition presents an added decade's worth of information and experience that makes it the most up- to-date resource in the field of morning sickness. Included are remedies, nutritional guidelines, and recipes.

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The Mother of All Pregnancy Books: The Ultimate Guide to Conception, Birth, and Everything In Between
by Ann Douglas; paperback - 556 pages, published January 2002 by Wiley

Synopsis: Unlike all those other bossy, tell-you-what-to-do titles, this funny, entertaining guide presents expectant parents with all the facts on such perennial hot topics as pain relief during labor, episiotomy, and circumcision, and empowers them to make informed personal choices. It's packed with tools you won't find anywhere else. HIGHLY Recommended!

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The Pregnancy Book: A Month By Month Guide
by William Sears, MD and Martha Sears, RN, published by Little, Brown & Company, 1997

Synopsis: The Pregnancy Book is an excellent all-in-one guide to pregnancy from William and Martha Sears, creators of the concept of "attachment parenting." Each of the book's chapters represents a month, and deals with physical and emotional changes, describes the growth of the fetus, and discusses common concerns. The authors also focus on nutrition, exercise, information and support for home births and birthing centers, traveling while pregnant, how to avoid episiotomy, and so on. The approach is gentle, thorough, and includes more information than some month-by-month guides, which makes The Pregnancy Book an excellent choice for pregnant couples.

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The Pregnancy Journal: A Day-To-Day Guide to a Healthy and Happy Pregnancy
by Christine Harris PhD; Spiral-bound - 176 pages, revised edition, published January 2005 by Chronicle Books

Synopsis: From the elegant to the playful, this keepsake book will inspire, encourage and guide the user to fill the pages with ideas and sketches. The Pregnancy Journal reassures mothers-to-be about their babies' developmental stages and provides room for expectant parents to record their thoughts, experiences, and joys of pregnancy. Includes a pocket to store clippings. A popular selection by StorkNet Members!

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The Unofficial Guide to Having a Baby
by Ann Douglas with John R. Sussman M.D.; Paperback, 2nd edition published February 2004 by John Wiley & Sons

Synopsis: Like a good obstetrician, The Unofficial Guide to Having a Baby respects the intelligence of the mother-to-be. This book is probably one of the best reference book on the market, giving nonjudgmental and fairly exhaustive information on such hot-button topics as whether to drink coffee during pregnancy and the relative safety of birth centers. The book lays out as much information as possible and leaves the decision-making to the parents--a surprisingly rare gambit in the bossy world of pregnancy books, which all too often insult the mom-to-be with sweeping dicta unsupported by hard science. Also like a good doctor, the book knows its limits, referring to other sources well and often.

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Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year
by Susan S. Weed, Paperback, 171 pages, Published by Ash Tree Pub, 1985

Synopsis: Simple, safe, remedies for pregnancy, childbirth, lactation, newborns. Includes herbs for fertility and birth control. There is a section that discusses the importance of good health and nutrition prior to conception and it includes vitamin and mineral content of the herbs that the author mentions.

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Your Perfectly Pampered Pregnancy: Beauty, Health, and Lifestyle Advice for the Modern Mother-to-Be
by Colette Bouchez; paperback - 368 pages, published 2004 by Broadway Books

Synopsis: Your Perfectly Pampered Pregnancy puts Mom at center stage with hundreds of tips on how to have the healthiest, most vibrant pregnancy possible. Culling advice from top medical, beauty, and style sources worldwide , award-winning health reporter Colette Bouchez delivers sound medical advice as well as beauty and lifestyle tips to keep Mom happy and healthy, ensuring baby will be healthier and happier as well.

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Your Pregnancy: Week-By-Week
by Glade B. Curtis, MD; Fifth edition, 428 pages, published January 2004, Da Capo Press

Synopsis:This bestselling guide to pregnancy has been improved for a new generation of babies and mothers. Includes a new section, "Before you become pregnant, " to help readers increase the odds of having a healthy baby. It is a unique book divided into each week of pregnancy with important information about the developing baby and the changing mother-to-be. Weekly chapters include illustrations, descriptions of baby's growth and developmental milestones, information about a mother's average weight gain and what she might be feeling or becoming aware of, and the medical testing that corresponds to the week in question.

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