What are the best books for birth preparation?

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    #1A Labour of Love

    A Labour of Love

    A Labour of Love: An Australian Guide to Natural Childbirth is a nonfiction parenting health book written by Gabrielle Targett. With over 200 pages, this book is published in 2006 Fremantle Arts Centre Press.

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    Willie Brown
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "My wife was looking for information on having a kid at home instead of one of those dirty hospitals. Turns out, the Aussies had us covered. A Labour of Love answered every question we had, as well as some we didn't know we had. The only bit not really applicable is what to do when one of the zillion deadly creatures in Australia comes in when you're in labor. The only toxic things we have where we live are rattlers and liberals."
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    #2Ina May's Guide to Childbirth

    Ina May's Guide to Childbirth

    Ina May's Guide to Childbirth is a detailed book of advice for new parents as told by Ina May Gaskin, the nation’s leading midwife. The book was published on March 4th, 2003 by Bantam.

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    Henry Nguyen
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This book is made up of two parts. This first part is about birth stories of others and how they went through the process. The second part of the book is written by the author and gives advice on birth preparation and what to expect in the future."
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    #3The Birth Book

    The Birth Book

    The Birth Book is a non-fiction book written by pediatricians William and Martha Sears, first published in 1994. It is an informative book that mentally prepares women for giving birth.

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    Cynthia Rodriguez
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "The Birth Book is written by William and Martha Sears. Often considered one of the most preeminent voices in birth and child rearing, Dr. Sears gives tons of practical and good advice in this book. Something all new moms should read."
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    #4The Official Lamaze Guide

    The Official Lamaze Guide

    The Official Lamaze Guide: Giving Birth with Confidence is a nonfiction parenting health book written by Judith Lothian, Charlotte DeVries, and Christine Zuchora-Walske. With over 300 pages, this book is published in 2005.

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    Agustín de la Rosa
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "I found this book to be very helpful for my wife's delivery. Everything you would want to know about Lamaze is in this guide. I give it five stars!"
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    #5Parenting By Heart

    Parenting By Heart
    Parenting By Heart is a nonfiction birth parenting book written by Pinky McKay as a guide for mothers. With over 200 pages, this book is published in 2001 by Lothian Books.
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    Ayaan Sharma
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "The book provides non judgmental advice that is simple to follow. The theme is to basically trust your instincts and enjoy being a parent. It could be more specific on various topics. a"
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    #6Active Birth: The New Approach to Giving Birth Naturally

    Active Birth: The New Approach to Giving Birth Naturally
    Active Birth: The New Approach to Giving Birth Naturally is a non-fiction book by Janet Balaskas, first published in 1983. It aims to encourage women into giving birth in different positions that will help alleviate the pain.
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    Charles Carpenter
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "I got this book for fiance before our son was born some time last year. I decided to get it for her because I had briefly read through it and found the advice to be quite practical and useful before childbirth. It's a little dated in terms of publication though the book does provide some great insight into different positions to assume during childbirth; these positions can greatly help with things such as abdominal pain and hip pains. I think it's a great book to read over if you're looking to give childbirth naturally and have questions about how to prepare for the obvious pains during labor. "
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    #7HypnoBirthing: The Mongan Method

    HypnoBirthing: The Mongan Method

    HypnoBirthing: The Mongan Method: A Natural Approach to a Safe, Easier, More Comfortable Birthing is a nonfiction parenting health book written by Marie F. Mongan. With over 300 pages, this book is published in 2005.

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    Kelly Shaw
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "I got this book because I read all the testimonials from people who had pain-free labor and childbirth. I liked the ideas presented in the book about listening to your body and allowing it to do what it is designed to do naturally in childbirth. Unfortunately, this book is designed to be used in conjunction with the Mongan Method course, and ideally with a trained hypnotist present at the birth. Unfortunately, I did not have access to either of these things. I wish I'd realized when I bought the book that it was a glorified advertisement."
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    #8The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth

    The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth

    The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth is a non-fiction book written by Sheila Kitzinger. First published in 1980, it is a comprehensive guide on birthing options, labor support, and childbirth education.

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    Robert Schmidt
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "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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    #9The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth

    The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth
    The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth is a non-fiction book written by Henci Goer and illustrated by Rhonda Wheeler. First published in 1999, it provides a well-researched discussion on women's options for giving birth.
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    Angela Gibson
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "This book looks well informed and very complete. I love the different format options as well."
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    #10Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy

    Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy

    The Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy is a book that compiles month-by-month vital information from Mayo Clinic's obstetrics experts. The self-help book was published on April 13th,  2004 by HarperCollins Publishers.

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    Margaret Fernandez
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "A non judgmental step by step guide. This book has a flat tone, not trying to be overly friendly or judgy. It gives you what to expect weekly and highlights all the important points. Great reference. "
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    #11Dad's Playbook to Labor & Birth

    Dad's Playbook to Labor & Birth
    Theresa Halvorsen's Dad's Playbook to Labor & Birth is a systematic and practical guide for husbands and their involvement in the whole pregnancy and childbearing experience. The book was published on  June 5th, 2012 by Harvard Common Press.
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    Keith Burke
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "The Dad's Playbook to Labor and Birth is a basic guide for the man who wants to help his partner in labor but who doesn't want to study obstetrics or question a doctor's advice, and who may even feel uncomfortable about witnessing a normal birth. The book is written in a simple, straightforward manner and assumes that the reader is male and that the birth is taking place in a hospital--and that the mom will probably want an epidural. Its tone is lighthearted and often quite humorous. The chapters are arranged chronologically, from late pregnancy through the early postpartum period. Unusual features include advice on understanding a woman's needs by analyzing her personality and tips for the dad who is prone to fainting or nausea."
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    #12The Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep: Simple Solutions for Kids from Birth to 5 Years

    The Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep: Simple Solutions for Kids from Birth to 5 Years
    The book will help you to get your kids to sleep. It includes a CD of white noise that produces deep and healthy sleep
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    Samuel Hawkins
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "My wife recently gave birth to our first child. Since this was new for her she was very nervous about the whole thing. We found the book "The Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep: Simple Solutions for Kids from Birth to 5 Years" which was well written and really guided her through the whole birthing process. It calmed her down a lot and reminded her that this was all natural and very easy to do."
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    #13Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth

    Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth

    Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth is a non-fiction poetry book written by Warsan Shire. This feminism non-fiction book is first published in 2011 by Flipped Eye. 

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    Víctor Hugo Rangel
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "This is more of a lyrical/poetic work for people's entertainment than a 'how to.' This will not benefit the woman giving birth as much as an informational book or someone writing about their own experiences. "

Summary

Best What are the best books for birth preparation
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1A Labour of LoveBooks 36 Paid
2Ina May's Guide to ChildbirthBooks 33 Paid
3The Birth BookBooks 30 Paid
4The Official Lamaze GuideBooks 23 Paid
5Parenting By HeartBooks 14 Paid
6Active Birth: The New Approach to Giving Birth NaturallyBooks 12 Paid
7HypnoBirthing: The Mongan MethodBooks 11 Paid
8The Complete Book of Pregnancy and ChildbirthBooks 9 Paid
9The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better BirthBooks 7 Paid
10Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy PregnancyBooks 6 Paid
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