The Pregnancy Bible (ed.) Dr Anne Deans
Hypnobirthing by Marie Morgan (comes with a CD)
Mother's Breath: ... yoga breathing, sound and awareness practices for pregnancy, birth, post-natal recovery and mothering by Uma Dinsmore-Tuli.
Yoni Shakti (Womb Power) by Uma Dunsmore-Tuli 2014
Ina May's Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin
Home Births: Stories to Inspire and Inform (ed.)
The Father's Home Birth Handbook by Leah Hazard
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by La Leche League
If you develop pelvic girdle pain visit here for booklet
Pregnancy-related experiences such as antenatal screening and breastfeeding: www.healthtalkonline.org
Research and advice about natural birth: AIMS.org.uk
Politely decline to listen to negative stories about birth For positive stories www.tellmeagoodbirthstory.com
For information on pregnancy diet see www.nutritionist-resource.org.uk
My sister website for birth blogs www.cyclicalwisdom.com
Links to natural birth videos
Every birth is different
Natural hospital birth - great example of active first stage (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2P8GtDwpJ1Y)
These were my birth preferences for my two daughters. Yours might be quite different, but hopefully it provides food for thought or a starting place for your specific pregnancy.
Pelvic floor exercises in pregnancy handout or see www.babycentre.co.uk for good diagrams
Perineal massage Oxford NHS handout
Yoga for breech babies handout
The yantra is a geometrical diagram used as an aid to meditation. The circle represents space, the star dynamic equilibrium, the cross multiplication and the bindu in the centre (normally a solid dot) supreme consciousness. I drew it as a focus for birth, to meditate on opening and softening.
Yoga for postnatal exercise handout (NB note that this has a typo on - not psoas but piriformas!)
Exercising postnatally handout
See how a baby twists and turns through the pelvis to be born (48 secs):
Relaxation is a hugely important part of pregnancy. You want to go into the birth with your batteries fully-charged, not exhausted, for the physical and emotional journey ahead.
See Downloads page for guided relaxations
A colouring book for
expectant mums to support reflection during your pregnancy and preparation
for birth. Includes link to
two guided relaxations.
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