Category Archives: Readings

Blessingway Ideas

I’m reading a fun book called Blessingways: A Guide to Mother-Centered Baby Showers–Celebrating Pregnancy, Birth, and Motherhood. It explains some of the traditions developing for blessingways as they become more popular and I’ve attended a few baby showers that incorporated … Continue reading

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Birth Books – The Best

I loaned The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth to a client this weekend and remembered that it really is one of the BEST books for parents to read while they are expecting. (And it’s good for you to … Continue reading

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Infant Massage

I’m excited to read through this new book, Infant Massage: A Handbook for Loving Parents. I ordered it from Paperback Swap! 🙂 (Update – fun, I’m also getting this one from Paperback: Loving Hands: The Traditional Art of Baby Massage) … Continue reading

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Paperback Swap

I know, this doesn’t seem doula related but it is! 🙂 Paperback Swap lets you list old books (paperback, hardback, whatever) that you don’t want anymore. List ten books and get a free credit right away. People can request your … Continue reading

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The Labor Progress Handbook

This book, The Labor Progress Handbook: Early Interventions to Prevent and Treat Dystocia, is on every single doula reading list I’ve seen. Several doulas said it was their number one best book for helping during labor. While the title talks … Continue reading

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Mothering the New Mother

“While we call a woman a mother as soon as she has a child, it will be some time before she herself begins to feel like a mother…” – Andrea Boroff Eagan Another great quote from Mothering the New Mother: … Continue reading

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Breastfeeding Links

I just completed my breastfeeding course, woo-hoo! But here is the link if you would like a very extensive breastfeeding “basics” course (that goes way beyond the basics!) It was suggested by DONA to fulfill their breastfeeding class requirement for … Continue reading

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Cesarean Birth Options

I prefer to call it a cesarean birth (vs. delivery) because you are still giving birth, whether surgically or vaginally. Either way, in the event that you know you’ll have a cesarean birth then here are some things to consider … Continue reading

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Birth Stories

“A story has emotional power: it brings meaning, hope, and vision together; it connects body and soul. It can be as simple as saying or as complex as biography; it can come from a conversation, a newspaper clipping, a movie, … Continue reading

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Preparing Siblings – Suggested Readings

It’s fun to do some special welcome baby activities to help your children understand what is happening and get excited about the new little one arrive. Here is a post with some crafty ideas, and here are some books we … Continue reading

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