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A - Z For a Healthy Pregnancy and Natural Childbirth

by Jacky Bloemraad de-Boer, AuthorHouse Publishing, November 13, 2007.

GIVE YOUR BABY THE BEST START IN LIFEIn my years of experience, I have developed a holistic way of assisting couples with their pregnancies. My treatments and advice combine Eastern and Western medical knowledge as well as traditional and complementary health techniques. With this in mind, I have formulated an 'A to Z' with solutions for common pregnancy complaints and some fundamental pregnancy and childbirth information. This book will help you make informed choices, allowing you to play an active role in your pregnancy and labour. It is packed with wonderful self-help advice, is easy to use, and is a vital resource for both pregnant women and their caregivers.Proceeds from this book are going towards financing a clinic for pregnant mothers and young babies in rural South Africa. This will create a place where rural women can receive essential advice and support for healthier pregnancies and safer childbirth.

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A Cry from the Womb: Healing the Heart of the World

by Gwendolyn Awen Jones, Angels of Light and Healing Publishers, December 31, 2004.

Gwen Jones has written a guide for men and women in the 21st century as we grapple with the realities of our times. The spiritual guidance and clear instructions, including deeply healing prayers, will be a boost to anyone interested in pursuing a spiritual path full of light and love. I recommend it for anyone who has lost a child, has terminated a pregnancy, or who knows anyone who has gone through such an experience. If you are ready to move forward and heal the wounds of the past, read this book. The book has a focus toward using Christian terms in the affirmations. Gwen states in her book, if you are not identifying with these terms the focus would be working with the ďUniversal LoveĒ Concept.

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A Dadís Journey into Homebirth

Get the story of one (scared) dadís journey from hospital birth to homebirth.
Discover the real fear that we all have deep, deep down (Itís not about homebirth.)
A powerful tip for how to deal with family who just donít get why youíd want to have your baby at home.
Finally, get an answer to the question every dad wants to know: Is homebirth safe?

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A Good Birth, A Safe Birth!

By Diana Korte & Roberta M Scaer (1992.)

Subtitled "Choosing and Having the Childbirth Experience You Want", this popular book is another recommended for doula training. It covers the pros and cons of today's childbirth options and helps the pregnant women plan each stage of her pregnancy and birth. The authors offer tips on how to find the right doctor or midwife, and how to avoid the wrong one. The book also explores the various childbirth environments, including hospital, birth centre and home, and provides information on how to ensure that your wishes are followed. 3rd edition

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A Holistic Guide to Embracing Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Motherhood

By Karen N. Salt, Karen Salt

Salt's holistic approach unveils for mothers-to-be the backbone of the doula role--to provide support, information, advocacy, and facilitation to women during pregnancy, labor, and early motherhood--and teaches her the many ways to use the doula philosophy to nurture herself through the process. From meditation and relaxation exercises, to fitness and nutrition advice to tips for achieving "positive energy living," this comprehensive guide puts mothers in control of their pregnancy, their birthing experience, and their approach to this wonderful and life-altering time.

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A Modern Woman's Guide to a Natural Empowering Birth

Brimming with inspiring examples and practical ideas, Ms. Zaslavsky's enchanting book is like stepping into an instant community of empowered, savvy girlfriends who've been there, done that (natural birth, that is), and are lovingly sharing their experience and insights with you. While just enough expert perspectives are included, the great appeal of "A Modern Woman's Guide to a Natural Empowering Birth" is that it reads like a charming journal of clippings, stories and images, lovingly kept by a young mother eager to spread the news she herself discovered by living it: the female body is fully, gloriously, capable of birthing a baby!

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A Natural Guide to Pregnancy and Postpartum Health

The first book by doctors devoted entirely to promoting a womans health before, during and after pregnancy. Dr.'s. Raffelock and Rountree give women professional advice on how to prevent and overcome the most common postpartum problems such as postpartum depression (PPD) and other ailments.

The authors address the root cause of postpartum depression and other problems ó malnutrition and nutrient depletion ó and encourage women to make life-style changes in preparation for pregnancy and motherhood, from eating and sleeping to regular exercise and stress management.

Each chapter is designed as a mini-guide to a specific problem and can be read individually. Real-life stories and cases throughout.

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A Tip-Toe Through The Doulas

By Breck Hawk

Can you keep a secret? We never could. For thousands of years doulas have been perfecting their birthing skills and sharing their secrets from generation to generation. Now you can benefit from the knowledge of hundreds of birth professionals in A Tip-Toe Through The Doulas, a set of 14 books with over 300 pages of easy to read tips, tricks and techniques covering everything from Birth Plans to Websites for a safe and healthy pregnancy at home and the hospital. Written by a midwife and registered nurse, it's the only comprehensive guide of it's kind.

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Back Labor No More, What Every Woman Should Know Before Labor

by Jamie McCoy King

With a warm, humorous, and personal approach, this book explains what back labor is, how to recognize it, and what physical characteristics are likely to cause it. Using cartoons, illustrations of everyday occurrences, and her background as a mathematician, the author offers a unique method to relieve the pain of back labor and facilitate the baby's birth.

Additionally, the book explains why other natural childbirth techniques work. Finally, it relates the personal experiences of women who have used the technique and their astounding results! In short, this light-hearted, insightful look at labor reveals the causes of and solutions for the serious discomfort of back labor. Rooted in scientific principle, yet explained through common daily experiences, it is accessible to anyone- even between contractions!

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Bearing Witness, Childbirth Stories Told By Doulas

By Dr. Lisa Doran and Lisa Caron

Bearing Witness is an anthology of 50 stories about doulas working with birthing families. Stories of joy, awe, miracles. Stories that are gut wrenchingly funny and stories that are sad and difficult to hear. There is wisdom in these pages. These stories are presented here to you from the heart. The contributors to Bearing Witness are women who have made a lifestyle out of rising from their warm beds in the middle of the night to answer pages from their clients, of leaving their home and families sometimes for days on end. We do this because most doulas want to help change our birth customs. We want to educate women and advocate for natural childbirth so that they achieve a positive birth experience and feel strong and confident in themselves and will mother their babies in a healthy way. Birth needs to become human again. It needs to reclaim its wild primacy. Peace on earth does indeed begin with birth.

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