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The Pregnancy Bed Rest Packet
Information, Resources, and Ideas for Volunteers and Caregivers
By Amy E. Tracy
Author, The Pregnancy Bed Rest Book and Founder, pregnancybedrest.com

Starting a Lending Library

One of the best ways to support a mom on bed rest is to provide her with education and support. A lending library is a simple way to do this. A book cart with a sign-out sheet can house reading material in a hospital setting. Within support groups, a volunteer can gather and distribute books as well as track loans. Below are some suggestions for books related to high-risk pregnancy. When ordering books from publishers, be sure to ask about quantity and nonprofit discounts (some discount as much as 40 to 60 percent).

Bed Rest

Books:
The Pregnancy Bed Rest Book by Amy E. Tracy (Berkley, 2001)
       (pregnancybedrest.com; 800-847-5515)
Days in Waiting by Mary Ann McCann (deRuyter-Nelson, 1999)
       (aplacetoremember.com; 800-631-0973)

Handouts
"Coping with Bedrest in Pregnancy" by Jamie Eloise Bolane and Jane Furlong
      (Childbirth Graphics, 1994) (aplacetoremember.com; 800-631-0973)

Siblings

Books:
And Mommy's On Her Side by Heide Travis (A Place to Remember, 2000)
      (aplacetoremember.com; 800-631-0973)

Handouts:
"Helpful Hints for Bedrest: Entertaining Children" (Sidelines National Support
      Network, 1999) (sidelines.org; 888-447-4754)

Coloring Books:
"My Mommy Is on Bedrest" (A Place to Remember, 2000)
       (aplacetoremember.com; 800-631-0973)
"Mommy and the Hospital" by Beth Mosele and Aileen Mosele
      (send a self-addressed 81/2 x 11 envelope with three stamps to: Beth Mosele,
      The Methodist Hospital, Care Management Dept., Mail Code D1246565
      Fannin, Houston, TX 77030, or download from sidelines.org/coloringbook.pdf)

High-Risk Pregnancy

A Guide to Effective Care in Pregnancy and Childbirth, 3rd ed.
      by Murray Enkin, et al. (Oxford University Press, 2000)
The High-Risk Pregnancy Sourcebook by Denise M. Chism (Lowell House, 1998)
Planning Your Pregnancy and Birth, 3rd ed. (American College of
      Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 2000)
When Pregnancy Isn't Perfect by Laurie A. Rich (Larata Press, 1998) (larata.com)
Also include childbirth education books and videos for those who can't attend classes.

Multiple Pregnancy

Everything You Need to Have a Healthy Twin Pregnancy by Gila Leiter, MD
      (Ballantine, 1999)
When You're Expecting Twins, Triplets, or Quads by Barbara Luke, MD,
      and Tamara Eberlein (HarperCollins, 1999)

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Information, Resources, and Ideas for Volunteers and Caregivers:
     • Introduction
     • Finding Volunteer and Financial Help
     • Ideas for Supporting Moms (and Their Families) on Bed Rest
     • Resources for Caregivers
     • Support Groups for Families on Bed Rest
     • Starting a Lending Library
     • Sustaining an Activity Cart


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