Recommended Reading

There are many birth books on the market.  Here are a few that you may enjoy and find useful.

HypnoBirthing - A Celebration Of Life.

(3rd Edition) by Marie Mongan. 

You will receive a copy of this book as part of your HypnoBirthing Class hand-outs.

Childbirth Without Fear

This is the book which began the path to Hypnobirthing, by Dr. Grantly Dick-Read. Even if you don't take the HypnoBirthing classes, you may enjoy reading this book.

Toddler Taming - A Parent's Guide To The First Four Years

For all parents with kids under four, this is an entertaining and highly informative read.

Many parents wonder how their sweet baby which gurgled happily at them for the first 12 months, changed so suddenly into a bellowing, tantrum prone, carpet biting toddler. What went wrong? Whose fault is it? What can be done about it?

With humour and common sense, Dr Green answers these questions and many others like them. He qualms fears of "abnormal" bad behaviour, points out the strains of bringing children up and offers practical advice on all fronts from discipline to sleeping problems, tantrums to toilet training.

The Birth Book - Everything You Need to Know to Have a Safe and Satisfying Birth

Sears, Wm. & Martha, 1994, Little Brown. New York

The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth 

Henci Goer, 1999, Perigee, New York

Immaculate Deception II: Birth and Beyond 

Suzanne Arms, 1998, Celestial Arts, Berkeley, California

Mother's Intention: How Belief Shapes Birth

Kim Wildner, 2003, Harbor House, Ludington, Michigan

Stand and Deliver! And Other Brilliant Ways To Give Birth

A book full of practical information on choosing the best type of birth experience for you and your baby, and what to do in the final 8 weeks to prepare.

Full of humour and encouraging birth stories (including some HypnoBirthing mums), every mother-to-be will find it invaluable.

Emma Mahony, humorous Times columnist, whose "Double Trouble" stories about her two young twins charmed a nation, now gives you a first book on birth and the 8-week run-up to it. Taking a practical but light-hearted approach, she helps every new mother-to-be feel in control and ready for the big day.

With positive stories from women who insisted on the right birth for them, as well as advice from experts in the field of childbirth, such as midwives, obstetricians and advocates of natural and water births. Includes:

  • Why a good birth experience is a great objective
  • How and why it's best to avoid a 'medicalised' birth
  • Everything you need to know about Caesareans
  • What every woman is entitled to before labour
  • How to write a birth plan and why it is useful
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