The following is a list of the best books, web sites, and DVDs about topics discussed in this book. You can find additional resources on specific topics within the chapters. Visit our web site, http://www.PCNGuide.com, to find many more resources and more details on the resources listed here.
GENERAL PREGNANCY AND BIRTH INFORMATION
Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin (2003).
The Official Lamaze Guide: Giving Birth with Confidence by Judith Lothian and Charlotte DeVries (2010).
Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth by Boston Women’s Health Book Collective and Judy Norsigian (2008).
The Working Woman’s Pregnancy Book by Marjorie Greenfield (2008).
Childbirth Connection: http://www.childbirthconnection.org
March of Dimes: http://www.marchofdimes.com
Healthy Birth Your Way: Six Steps to a Safer Birth videos by Lamaze International and Injoy (2010). Visit http://www.mothersadvocate.org to watch them.
Orgasmic Birth DVD directed by Debra Pascali-Bonaro (2008).
The Business of Being Born DVD directed by Abby Epstein (2008).
Visit http://www.lamaze.org/default.aspx?tabid=53 to sign up for a weekly pregnancy e-newsletter from Lamaze International.
Visit http://text4baby.org/ to sign up for weekly texts about pregnancy and baby’s first year.
CHOOSING A BIRTHPLACE AND CAREGIVER
Deliver This! Make the Childbirth Choice That’s Right for You…No Matter What Everyone Else Thinks by Marisa Cohen (2007).
The Doula Book: How a Trained Labor Companion Can Help You Have a Shorter, Easier, and Healthier Birth by Marshall H. Klaus, John H. Kennell, and Phyllis H. Klaus (2002).
Visit http://www.thebirthsurvey.com to see ratings of local caregivers and birthplaces.
Visit http://www.childbirthconnection.org to see a discussion of maternity care options.
Visit http://motherfriendly.org to see the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services’ Ten Steps of Mother-Friendly Care.
See page 9 for a list of web sites that allow you to search for birthplaces and caregivers in your area.
HEALTHY LIFESTYLE DURING AND AFTER PREGNANCY
Essential Exercises for the Childbearing Year: A Guide to Health and Comfort Before and After Your Baby Is Born by Elizabeth Noble (2003).
Lose Your Mummy Tummy by Julie Tupler and Jodie Gould (2004).
Visit http://www.mymidwife.org/pregnancy_body.cfm for information on coping with pregnancy discomforts.
Visit http://www.fitpregnancy.com for exercise and nutrition information.
Visit http://mypyramid.gov for information on nutrition recommendations based on dietary guidelines for Americans.
Visit http://www.mymidwife.org/prenatal_guide.cfm for information on prenatal testing.
United States Centers for Disease Control: 800-CDC-INFO (232-4636) or http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/pregnancy
United States Food and Drug Administration: 888-INFO-FDA (888-463-6332) or http://www.fda.gov
Yoga for Pregnancy, Labor and Birth DVD directed by Colette Crawford (2005).
INFORMATION ON HAZARDS TO AVOID DURING PREGNANCY
Alcohol: Alcoholics Anonymous (AA): 212-870-3400 or http://www.aa.org
Domestic violence: National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-SAFE (7233) or http://www.ndvh.org
Drugs: United States Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): 800-662-HELP (800-662-4357) or http://www.samhsa.gov
Narcotics: Narcotics Anonymous (NA): 818-773-9999 or http://www.na.org.
Teratogens (medications, illnesses, and substances that can cause birth defects): http://www.otispregnancy.org/otis-fact-sheets-s13037
Tobacco: Smoking cessation: 800-CDC-INFO (232-4636) or http://www.smokefree.gov
Workplace hazards: The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH): 800-CDC-INFO (232-4636) or http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/99-104/
SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES IN PREGNANCY AND BIRTH
Disability: The Baby Challenge: A Handbook on Pregnancy for Women with a Physical Disability by Mukti Jain Campion (1990).
High-risk pregnancies: http://www.sidelines.org
Multiples: Twins! Pregnancy, Birth, and the First Year of Life by Connie Agnew, Alan H. Klein, and Jill Alison Ganon (2006).
Pregnancy after loss: Trying Again: A Guide to Pregnancy After Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infant Loss by Ann Douglas, John R. Sussman, and Deborah Davis (2000).
Survivors of childhood sexual abuse: When Survivors Give Birth: Understanding and Healing the Effects of Early Sexual Abuse on Childbearing Women by Penny Simkin and Phyllis Klaus (2004).
Teenage pregnancy: Your Pregnancy & Newborn Journey: A Guide for Pregnant Teens by Jeanne Warren Lindsay and Jean Brunelli (2004).
Nontraditional families: The Ultimate Guide to Pregnancy for Lesbians: How to Stay Sane and Care for Yourself From Pre-conception Through Birth by Rachel Pepper (2005); also visit http://www.therainbowbabies.com.
LABOR AND BIRTH
Birth Day: A Pediatrician Explores the Science, the History, and the Wonder of Childbirth by Mark Sloan (2009).
The Labor Progress Handbook: Early Interventions to Prevent and Treat Dystocia by Penny Simkin and Ruth Ancheta (2005).
Listening to Mothers II: Report of the Second National U.S. Survey of Women’s Childbearing Experiences (2006) and New Mothers Speak Out: National Survey Results Highlight Women’s Postpartum Experiences (2008) by Eugene R. DeClercq, Carol Sakala, Maureen P. Corry, and Sandra Applebaum; http://childbirthconnection.com/article.asp?ck=10068
COPING WITH LABOR PAIN
Birthing from Within: An Extra-Ordinary Guide to Childbirth Preparation by Pam England and Rob Horowitz (1998).
Comfort in Labor: How You Can Help Yourself to a Normal Satisfying Childbirth by Penny Simkin (2007). http://childbirthconnection.com/pdf.asp?PDFDownload=comfort-in-labor-simkin
Comfort Measures for Childbirth, a DVD by Penny Simkin (2009). Visit http://www.pennysimkin.com to order a copy.
MEDICAL INTERVENTIONS: EVIDENCE-BASED RESOURCES
Childbirth Connection: http://www.childbirthconnection.org
Cochrane Collaboration: http://www.cochrane.org/reviews/en/subtopics/87.html
Cesarean: What Every Pregnant Woman Needs to Know about Cesarean Section by Childbirth Connection (2006). http://www.childbirthconnection.org/article.asp?ck=10164
Vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC): NIH Consensus Panel Statement (2010). http://consensus.nih.gov/2010/vbac.htm
Cesarean support: International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN): http://www.ican-online.org
Postpartum mood disorders: Postpartum Support International: 800-944-4773 or http://www.postpartum.net
Traumatic birth: http://solaceformothers.org/
Loss of a baby: Mending Invisible Wings: Healing from the Loss of Your Baby by Mary Burgess and Shiloh Sophia McCloud (2009).
FATHERS AND FATHERHOOD
The Birth Partner: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions by Penny Simkin (2008).
The New Father: A Dad’s Guide to the First Year by Armin A. Brott (2005).
Partnership Parenting: How Men and Women Parent Differently—Why It Helps Your Kids and Can Strengthen Your Marriage by Kyle Pruett and Marsha Pruett (2009).
Great Dad: http://www.GreatDad.com
The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two by William Sears and Martha Sears (2003).
The Happiest Baby on the Block: The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Newborn Sleep Longer by Harvey Karp (2008). Available in paperback or DVD.
Mothering magazine. http://www.mothering.com
Your Baby and Child: From Birth to Age Five by Penelope Leach (2010).
American Academy of Pediatrics: http://www.healthychildren.org
Health and safety topics:
Child development and learning enhancement:
The Nursing Mother’s Companion: Revised Edition by Kathleen Huggins (2005).
Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by La Leche League International (2010).
Kelly Mom: http://www.kellymom.com/
La Leche League: http://www.llli.org/
Newman Breastfeeding Clinic and Institute: http://www.drjacknewman.com
RELATIONSHIPS AFTER THE BIRTH
And Baby Makes Three: The Six-Step Plan for Preserving Marital Intimacy and Rekindling Romance After Baby Arrives by John Gottman and Julie Schwartz Gottman (2008).
Bringing Baby Home workshops: Visit http://www.bbhonline.org to find a workshop near you.