I am trying to think what my super short list of must-reads would be for a woman in her situation. Let's see...
- Ina May's Guide to Childbirth: I like it for its inspirational stories that make me go, "yes, I can do this!" and for its information on the birth process.
- Sarah J. Buckley's Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering (recently released in an updated, North American edition). I love the chapters that review the science & the hormones of labor, birth, and breastfeeding.
- Peggy Vincent's memoir Baby Catcher. This gave me an understanding of what birth really looks, sounds, and feels like. Hilarious, gripping, great read. And because reading only advice books gets a bit dull when you're getting ready to have a baby.
- Jack Newman's The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers (or another comprehensive, problem-solving book), plus make use of his fantastic website, especially the videos about good and bad latches.
- The Food of Love: The Easier Way to Breastfeed Your Baby by Kate Evans. Hilarious cartoons and drawings, full of great information, will help keep you sane and smiling in those early postpartum days of leaking milk and torpedo breasts and floppy, milk-drunk newborns.
- Breastfeeding with Comfort and Joy by Laura Keegan. Perfect for showing breastfeeding in a visual, lyrical style. Read my review here and Feminist Childbirth Study's here.
I'd like to hear your suggestions if you had to list your favorite birth and breastfeeding books. Which would be better for women planning hospital births? For women using birth centers or having home births?