There is a LOT of information out there to navigate it can feel overwhelming. Some people find it useful to have lots of information and others prefer to limit their reading, here I have tried to compile a list of helpful books, websites and online support.
GUIDE TO CHILDBRITH - INA MAY GASKIN
Filled with inspiring birth stories and practical advice, this is an invaluable book. The birth stories are helpful in reminding you that birth is normal and helps with your confidence. It also has helpful information to help you prepare for your birth.
BIRTHING FROM WITHIN - PAM ENGLAND
Here is a holistic approach to childbirth that examines this profound rite-of-passage not as a medical event but as an act of self-discovery. It explores great exercises and activities such as journal writing, meditation, and painting will help you analyse your thoughts and face your fears during pregnancy. For use during birth, the book offers proven techniques for coping with labor pain without drugs, a discussion of the doctor or midwife’s role, and a look at the father’s responsibilities. Birthing From Within provides the necessary support and information to make each phase of birthing a rewarding experience.
THE POSITIVE BIRTH BOOK - MILLI HILL
This book really challenges negativity and fear of childbirth, and is over flowing with everything you need to know about labour, birth, and the early days of parenting. The Positive Birth Book is the must-have contemporary birth book for women. It breaks down everything about birth and its possible complications, always keeping a positive spin on even the worst case scenario. The best bit about it is its FUNNY!
INA MAY”S GUIDE TOP BREASTFEEDING - INA MAY GASKIN
This is another great book by Ina May, its filled with helpful advice, medical facts, and more real-life stories that will help you understand how and why breastfeeding works and how you can use it to more deeply connect with your baby and your own body.
THREE IN A BED: THE BENEFITS OF SLEEPING WITH YOUR BABY - DEBORAH JACKSON
Deborah Jackson presents the family bed as an option parents have. A revealing look at how having your child sleeping in your bed is beneficial to all your family. All the concerns about the risks concerned with this arrangement are addressed in depth by "Three in a Bed." Concerns included: not killing the baby, privacy, weaning, and body temperature. Reading all the science, cross cultural references, psychology and developmental studies, a history of Victorian values, hospital policies, and personal experiences made it interesting.
WHAT MOTHERS DO: ESPECIALLY WHEN IT LOOKS LIKE NOTHING - NAOMI STADLEN
This book provides so much validity for mothers - Naomi Stadlen draws on many years' work with hundreds of other mothers of a wide variety of ages and backgrounds. She explores mothers' experiences to reveal what they - and you - are doing when it may look, to everyone else, like nothing. If you are a mother, and have ever felt: that nobody understands what you do all day; overwhelmed by your feelings for your baby; tired all the time; that nothing prepared you for motherhood; uncertain what your baby seems to want; short-tempered with your partner; - you will find this the most reassuring book.
WEBSITES AND ONLINE SUPPORT
The Positive Birth Movement - by writer Milli Hill
AIMS - Association for the improvement of Midwifery services
Spinning babies - Info and techniques for optimal foetal positioning.
Homebirth - info, birth stories, home birth plans,
La Leche League GB - friendly breastfeeding support from pregnancy onwards
Selfish Mother - Selfish Mother is growing global community connected via our blogzine, shop, social media channels and #SelfishMotherTV. Its a platform for parents but more than its a mindset.
Human Milk - Claire Tchairkowski
The science behind breast milk and a breast milk advert
The Unmumsy Mum - A frank, brilliantly funny, brutally honest and mostly reassuring blogger about the highs and lows of mother hood... the day-to-day reality of being a parent.
CRANIAL OSTEOPATHY ACUPUNCTURE
Kathrine Read Martin John Daniel Maxwell
KINESIOLOGY PREGNANCY YOGA/MUM & BABY YOGA
Nasima Mowat Lisa Butler Ruth Lorna King
PILATES OTHER DOULAS
Debbie Greaves Fiona Willis Kaz Woodbury
MASSAGE & WOMENS WISDOM/SUPPORT HOMEOPATHY
Kalindi Jordan Evie Pace
BREAST FEEDING SUPPORT RELATIONSHIP SUPPORT
Veryan Conn Susanna Deverell
There is a fantastic network of therapists and practitioners in and around FROME, working to support fertility, pregnancy, birth, babies and mothers, health and wellbeing.
Below you will find some recommendations of practitioners I have worked with, and can help to support you and your family during pregnancy, birth and postnatally.