Essential Books & Movies for Pregnancy and Childbirth


If you’re like me, sometimes you’d rather curl up with a book (or movie) and a blanket during pregnancy than sit on the computer to gain some knowledge! Fortunately, this is probably a much better way to gain knowledge and empower ourselves with information.

So I’d like to share some of my favorite resources for pregnancy, childbirth, and afterwards. There are many out there, of course, so this can just be a starting point. Whatever you start with, I encourage you to read, learn, and glean some knowledge from your own research. A lot of what you will learn is not what you can expect most healthcare workers in modern medicine to tell you, and not learning these things is likely to put you and your baby at risk. So to get you started on your path to knowledge and empowerment, here are some of my favorites:

Get Me Out: A History of Childbirth From the Garden of Eden to the Sperm Bank

Picking this up one day from my library, I had no idea that learning about history when it comes to childbirth would provide so much insight into the failings of modern-day obstetrics! The author, Randi Hutter Epstein, M.D., a medical journalist who has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Daily Telegraph, provides some amazing insight into the entire history of childbirth, including what it was like before childbirth became a medical event. The book discusses the tradition of midwives and how difficult the transition was for women to accept male doctors for childbirth. I cannot recommend this book enough to every pregnant women, as it helps us get our minds out of the only way we’ve known things to be and provides thousands of years of insight into something women have been doing since the beginning of time. Because it’s extremely intriguing, the book is a fast read.

Ina May Gaskin’s Guide to Childbirth

In case you have never heard the name, Ina May Gaskin is the leader in the field of midwifery. Having practiced as a successful midwife for decades, she now helps run The Farm, a birth center town where midwives live and women come from all over to deliver their babies under the care of expert midwives. Gaskin is also the founding member and former president of the Midwives Alliance of North America and author of Spiritual Midwivery.

In her book on childbirth, she provides some amazing insight into why some of the problems that happen with conventional medicine do not happen under the care of a midwife. I found these things extremely fascinating and when reading this book after already having had four children, I realized that every pregnant woman needs to know these things!

In addition to information, the book also has an extensive collection of birth stories, most of which are extremely different from the birth scene we see in today’s movies and reality shows. Another of HFFG’s highly recommended books for pregnant women and their spouse!

Pushed: The Painful Truth About Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care

This is the book, friends. Written by writer and editor Jennifer Block, this book provides expecting moms and dads with the hard truth about the modern medical field of obstetrics and how it is doing more harm than good. Block’s information is heavily-researched and statistically accurate. Unfortunately, this accuracy is also very difficult for some to accept. But if this information is not accepted and women are not informed of these things, their health and the health of their baby is at stake. This excellent book is a definite wake-up call for America, and I really hope and pray that more and more pregnant women will get their hands on this book before becoming a victim of modern medical care travesties.

Movies

Here are some of the movies I really enjoyed and recommend that all pregnant women grab a bowl of air-popped popcorn (with grass-fed butter or virgin coconut oil and unrefined sea salt of course) and watch with their hubby:

The Business of Being Born

Ricki Lake finds new purpose in helping show what modern medical care has done to the process of childbirth in her excellent documentary. A must-see!

Birth In America

This movie had great information showing how American differs from a large portion of the rest of the world in childbirth. It’s a great movie but I have to admit that I was kind of disappointed at the ending. Still definitely recommended!

Full-length movies of these documentaries are available online and also through instant view on Netflix.

Of course, childbirth is only the beginning of a healthy baby, so don’t forget to do your research on things like breastfeeding and vaccinations before baby is born! I remember hearing a mother whose infant died as a result of vaccinations say, “We researched everything we could for a healthy pregnancy and healthy delivery. Why didn’t we approach the topic of vaccinations with the same effort?”

VACCINATING

What Your Doctor May NOT Tell You About Children’s Vaccinations

After my fourth child had suffered an adverse vaccine reaction, a friend told me about this book. I borrowed it from my library and was astonished at the information none of my children’s healthcare providers had every told me. This wonderful book is written by Stephanie Cave, MD, a family practitioner in Baton Rouge, LA, who specializes in children with autism and related disorders. She has been featued on CNN, has testified in congressional hearings, and frequently speaks around the world on the topic of children and vaccinations. Dr. Cave approaches the topic with well-researched information from both sides of the debate, providing information on why each vaccine is used, what the risks are, etc. It is a good book for those who want an unbiased, factual start into the topic of vaccinations.

Vaccine Epidemic

This book provides the information most doctors and none of the pharmaceutical companies want parents to know. It is factual, documented evidence of the problem associated with vaccinations, the side effects, the role of the medical industry in shaping media coverage, constitutional issues about the government’s right to mandate health care; and many other related issues. Information every parent must know and consider before vaccinating their children.

Saying No To Vaccines: A Research Guide For All Ages

The BEST information on vaccines, however, comes from Dr. Sherri Tenpenny in my opinion! She is hands-down the most knowledgeable and active doctor on the topic, and backs up EVERYTHING with proven facts. Many parents find this to be the best resource available with easy-to-find references when you need the information right away.

BREASTFEEDING

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding

Written and compiled by the wonderful La Leche League, this thorough book covers all of the basics and then some for women on the topic of breastfeeding. It helps address the common questions that arise, as well as helping moms through some of the complications and difficulties that can come with breastfeeding. An excellent resource to have on hand!

You can find more information on these topics on my website:

Inadequate Breastmilk Supply: Causes & Solutions

Ecological Breastfeeding: What It Is & Why It Doesn’t Always Work

Extended Breastfeeding: What Is It and How Long Is Too Long?

Vaccinations: A Physical AND Spiritual Decision

May God personally guide and lead each of us into decisions that will give us good health and most importantly, give Him glory.

~Sara

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