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#61 atua

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Posted 05 November 2006 - 08:16 PM

for multiple births:

Twins, a Practical Guide to Parenting Multiples from Conception to Preschool by Katrina Bowman and Louise Ryan - the only book i own
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Posted 30 November 2006 - 01:08 PM

I know someone has already mentioned this one, but I just have to put it in again because no other book compares to it for preparing for a natural labour.

It's called New Active Birth by Janet Balaskas

It proves over & over again how birth should never be flat on your back or even semi upright, as it makes your pelvis smaller and far more difficult for your baby to come out, which is why so many women need episiotomies and other sorts of unecessary intervention in labour.

It tells how centuries ago, women NEVER laid down to give birth and it was only when some bloke introduced the 'birth bed' for his own sake, that it became the trend for care givers to insist on this position! It does not help the mother in any way & infact causes all sorts of problems, like restricting the oxygen flow to the baby - which is why they get distressed, especially if you have an epidural - hence the domino effect of intervention.

It has some awesome photos of different positions for giving birth upright and lots of other suggestions.

I could go on & on, but you should just read the book for yourselves! rolleyes.gif laugh.gif

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Posted 28 January 2007 - 04:28 PM

I have quite a few books already at such an early stage, lol ...

UP THE DUFF, Kaz Cooke - I absolutely love this book, I'm not a reader (besides gossip mags, lol) but surprisingly this keeps me laughing and really interested, whilst at the same time I'm learning! I've decided to read it as I go along, and so far it's awesome at the 10th week, love how you can document things in there too for a keepsake smile.gif Hubby also really enjoys having a quick flick through this one so that's definately saying something !!!

KID WRANGLING, Kaz Cooke - This is the 2nd part to Up The Duff, a friend bought it for me for future reference, I haven't looked at it yet.

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU'RE EXPECTING, Murkoff, Eisenberg & Hathway - Hubby and I tried to read this from start to finish but, to put it nicely, it was simply too boring. Will be great to use as a 'look up reference' later on though.

BABIES, BELLIES & BLUNDSTONES, Catherine Deveny - I just bought this one a couple of days ago at a 2nd hand bookstore during a holiday on the Great Ocean Road ... the name attracted me. I've read quite a few chapters already and it reminds me a lot of Up The Duff, it's Catherine's own personal story, not as informative but definately a humorous read!

CONCEPTION, PREGNANCY AND BIRTH, Dr Miriam Stoppard - This is another one I bought one the weekend, haven't had a chance to look through it yet but it's a larger, colour book with pictures ... I thought it might interest hubby a little more smile.gif

HOW TO STAY SANE IN YOUR BABY'S FIRST YEAR, Cathrine Fowler & Patricia Gornall - Another 2nd hand purchase - Contains things such as setting up the nursery, exercising for you and also recipes for the baby.

AUSTRALIAN BABY HANDS, Jackie Durnin - This one was 75% off and looked interesting so I bought it simply for that reason ... It's based on sign language and unlocking your babies mind using these techniques. I'm not sure if I will actually do this, but thought I'd have a read through it first.

NURSING YOUR BABY, Karen Pryor & Gale Pryor - Obviously, this one is all about breastfeeding, I haven't had a chance to look at it yet, but it's written together by a mother and daughter and explains up to date studies, tips and legal rights.

THE COMPLETE BOOK OF BABY NAMES, Bruce Lansky - This book contains over 94,000 names from around the world ... it will take me FOREVER to look through but I like what I see so far, it has so many different names in there, both common and unusual. It also has top 100 lists for boys and girls names and worksheets to help parents gather names and make final choices!
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Posted 14 March 2007 - 07:29 PM

I only have one baby book (besides Up the Duff)

"The No-Cry Sleep Solution" by Elizabeth Pantley.

Great book if you dont want to CC. It has really gentle methods, and you can do them even if your baby sleeps in your room, you co-sleep, or breastfeed. We used the methods to help Lily, and now she is wonderful to put to bed.
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Posted 23 April 2007 - 05:45 PM

QUOTE(lis626 @ Nov 30 2006, 01:08 PM) View Post

I know someone has already mentioned this one, but I just have to put it in again because no other book compares to it for preparing for a natural labour.

It's called New Active Birth by Janet Balaskas

It proves over & over again how birth should never be flat on your back or even semi upright, as it makes your pelvis smaller and far more difficult for your baby to come out, which is why so many women need episiotomies and other sorts of unecessary intervention in labour.

It tells how centuries ago, women NEVER laid down to give birth and it was only when some bloke introduced the 'birth bed' for his own sake, that it became the trend for care givers to insist on this position! It does not help the mother in any way & infact causes all sorts of problems, like restricting the oxygen flow to the baby - which is why they get distressed, especially if you have an epidural - hence the domino effect of intervention.

It has some awesome photos of different positions for giving birth upright and lots of other suggestions.

I could go on & on, but you should just read the book for yourselves! rolleyes.gif laugh.gif

Lisa

I am going to get this book.

I like:
Labour of Love
Stand and Deliver

and anything by Sheila Kitzinger

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Posted 03 July 2007 - 05:28 PM

I haven't actually started reading these book yet, so I'll have to come back in and review them then....or better yet perhaps after I have a baby wink.gif I went a little crazy in the bookstore this afternoon! ph34r.gif

(The New) Contented Little Baby Book - Gina Ford
The complete Sleep Guide for contented Babies and Toddlers - Gina Ford
Baby proofing your marriage - Stacie Cockrell & Cathy O'Neill (light humor)

I've been taking notes from my older sister with her bubba and I'm not 100% keen on controlled crying (she follows this) Thank you Bianca for recommending "The No-Cry Sleep Solution" by Elizabeth Pantley, I'll try and track it down to see both sides of the story, I want to be well informed and YES i'm a tad anal!

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Posted 03 September 2007 - 10:58 AM

I like 'Labour of Love' by Gabrielle Targett too. Not for everyone, but I loved how it was very inspiring about what birth can be like.

'Birth Skills' by Juju Sundin and Sarah Murdoch is my new favourite book. I remember reading about it in a magazine and thinking that having Sarah Murdoch involved was a bit gimmicky, but actually she writes really well and candidly about birth and I just found the whole book really informative. Even if you don't intend to use the birth skills, it's worth a look because it's the only book I've found so far that actually describes labour - what it feels like, how your hormones work, the 'mechanics' of it etc. - really clearly and in a no-nonsense way. It seems a bit more practical than 'Labour of Love' but I think they're both worthwhile.

Can anyone recommend a good prenatal yoga book or video? I've had a bit of a look around but haven't come across anything.

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Posted 03 September 2007 - 02:36 PM

Anything by these authors

Pinky McKay
Sheila Kitzinger
Dr Sears (any of the sears!)
Anything listed at www.mothersdirect.com.au
Parenting for a peaceful world (Robin Grille)
Breastfeeding... naturally (ABA)

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Posted 26 October 2007 - 06:04 PM

Every Monday night Hubby and I hop into bed and read the latest chapter of Up The Duff together and a week from Watch Me Grow by Stuart Campbell which has ultrasound photos each week and a little information, its a good visual. You can see the book here.
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Posted 02 November 2007 - 08:32 PM

The Working Mothers Survival Guide by Melissa Doyle. There are a few baby tips but the book is mainly for looking after mums.
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Posted 14 March 2008 - 02:09 PM

Hey Ladies,

here are a few good ones my midwife recommended

Active Birth - Janet Balaskas
Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering - Sarah Buckley
Birth Skills - Jojo Sundra/Sarah Murdoch
Sleeping Like a Baby - Pinky McKay
Every Parent - Matt Saunders

And she said to google Lina Clerke - Beautiful Birth

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Posted 17 April 2008 - 06:38 PM

Hands down winners were

Up the Duff - just for light amusement and something to read to hubby,

Birth Skills by Juju Sundjin - absolutely brilliant book - easy to read and I used her strategies to have an informed, postive, active empowering birth Highly recommend it

Breastfeeding Naturally - Essential I think for mummies who want to breastfeed
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Posted 15 May 2008 - 05:15 PM

I can not recommend "What they never tell you" by Kay Stammers enough!!

This book is BRILLIANT!

It takes you from day one after the birth with honest explanations on what your body is feeling.. what is hurting.. What to do with the squirming bald flesh creature that you are now responsible for.. and.. it even has a dad section after each chapter..
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Posted 21 May 2008 - 11:24 AM

Has anyone read "How to afford a baby" by Justine Davies.
Just wondering if anyone got anything out of it & if it is worth buying?

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Posted 30 May 2008 - 09:17 PM

QUOTE(josie @ Sep 3 2007, 10:58 AM) View Post

I like 'Labour of Love' by Gabrielle Targett too. Not for everyone, but I loved how it was very inspiring about what birth can be like.



Fantastic book really made me not fear my babies birth and I used alot of the techniques in the book.


The ABCs of breastfeeding by Stacey H Rubin wish I had read this book before having Lewis.
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