Regardless of whether this is your first birth or your fourth, there is so much to learn about the birthing experience, from the process of birth to perceptions of birth.
Here are some great reads on birth to get you started:
Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin
What to Expect When You’re Expecting, step aside. Gaskin’s guide to childbirth is comprehensive and inspiring, filled with both facts and fabulous stories of women and their expectations of childbirth.
Birth Matters: A Midwife’s Manifesta by Ina May Gaskin
In Birth Matters, Gaskin shares that how, when, where and why we give birth matters…not only to a momma and her baby, but to society.
Birth: The Surprising History of How We Are Born by Tina Cassidy
Though birth is as old as, well, dirt, the process of how we are born has changed significantly in modern history. Cassidy’s in-depth look at this transition will surprise you.
How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm: And Other Adventures in Parenting (from Argentina to Tanzania and everywhere in between) by Mei-Ling Hopgood
Birth is just the beginning of this adventure called parenthood. In Eskimos, Hopgood shares how parenting happens so very differently in various parts of the world, from toilet-training in China to how Polynesians play, or don’t play rather, with their children.
The Birth House by Amy McKay
This fictional story walks through the life of a predestined apprentice turned midwife in the early twentieth century in a small Nova Scotian village. Conceptions of birth, love, death and spirituality run in circles in this compelling read. Note: Mature themes are presented in this novel.