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Pregnancy gives rise to a multitude of questions and choices. Empower yourself by learning what you need to know about pregnancy, labor, birth, postpartum health, and other pertinent topics.
At Choices in Childbirth, we believe that nothing is quite so activating as self-education. So greet yours with gusto—after all, knowledge is power. Learning it all can feel daunting, but getting started is easy.
Read a birthing book, sign up for a workshop, or watch this documentary on childbirth. There—you’ve just taken your first step! Next, reach out to expecting parents, providers, and birth organizations in your area to get fresh perspectives and build your birth community.
Start small, and let curiosity be your guide. Before you know it, you’ll be gaining an invaluable education…and making choices that fit your philosophy and desired experience.
Ready to get empowered? Start educating yourself today.
Books CiC recommends:
The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth by Henci Goer
The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin
From the Hips by Rebecca Odes and Ceridwin Morris
Ina May Gaskin’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin
Pushed: The Painful Truth About Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care by Jennifer Block
Your Best Birth: Know All Your Options, Discover the Natural Choices, and Take Back the Birth Experience by Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein
Make the most of your c section: prepare for a more natural and personalized birth, by Mindy Brouse
The essential c section guide – pain control, healing at home, getting your body back, and everything you need to know about a cesarean birth, by Maureen Connolly and Dana Sullivan
Other Resources CiC recommends:
We don’t need no education: Are childbirth classes really necessary? (Babble.com Jan 2009)
Decoding childbirth ed classes (Babble.com Nov 2010)
5 Reasons women don’t like their childbirth class (Babble.com June 2011)
Interview with Ellen Chuse (CEAMNY)
Erica Lyon’s site, Birth 360