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See below for a selection of the latest books from Pregnancy, birth & baby care category. Presented with a red border are the Pregnancy, birth & baby care books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Pregnancy, birth & baby care books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!
together we climb the mountain because I climb this mountain for you together we wade through the river together we shelter in the trees gathered with my support crew or standing solo exuding the theatrics of the stage or in the quiet Zen of retreat I unravel myself open myself surrender myself to this bold and broad and astonishing experience that will release you my child into the world and will forge my will my heart my being into the wild depths of motherhood Held in the story of Persephone, we start where all women now begin their birth journey - with Zeus, in the structure of patriarchy. Then we move beyond, through the supportive hold of mother Demeter, then further into ourselves until we find the unique wonder of woman, through courage, strength and surrender, to the breath and calm and ecstasy she can hold. Written from the embodied experience of home birth mother and GP obstetrician, offering pregnant women and birth attendants insights into the hospital system, and the beauty that can be found in natural birthing.
'This is a delightful book, full of gentle wisdom' - Prof. Mark Williams, Mindfulness, Finding Peace in a Frantic World 'What a wonderfully straightforward and easily understandable introduction to mindfulness practice for parents-to-be ...' Nancy Bardacke, Author of Mindful Birthing Written with real mothers, real partners, and real life in mind, How to Have a Mindful Pregnancy and Birth will help you develop a set of simple yet hugely powerful skills that can transform your emotional experience and wellbeing during pregnancy and birth. The 30 exercises include: mindful breathing, visualisations, journaling prompts, sensory awareness practices and lots of simple, easy-to-master tools to help you relax and connect with your baby while you are pregnant - and to help you prepare for the birth.
'MAMAS - WE'RE HERE FOR YOU. YOU'VE GOT THIS!' Emma and Marie LouiseFrom the first day at home with your new baby to the day you blow out that first candle, Emma and Marie Louise are here to help keep you sane and supported.Baby Spice, mum of two and Kit and Kin founder, Emma Bunton, shares her stories and tips from her sons' first years alongside expert guidance for thriving in modern motherhood from The Modern Midwife, Marie Louise.Emma reveals her highs and lows, from the first days at home, recovering from a caesarean and v-birth, breastfeeding, worrying about rashes and marks (including chronic eczema - the reason she launched Kit and Kin), a tongue-tied baby, burping and reflux, first weaning attempts, sleeping routines, crying that won?t stop, learning to read the signs, leaving the house for the first time and the anxiety and reality of going back to work (after 4 months Emma was back on stage as Baby Spice). Practising midwife, Marie Louise, tackles every common concern. Marie Louise shares Emma?s passion for skin-kind baby care and has a special interest in the developmental growth of babies. She offers no traditional developmental milestones and avoids one-size-fits-all parenting rules, instead giving you a selection of tried-and-tested solutions and techniques to help your baby develop and thrive in their own time.
Enhance your experience of pregnancy, birth and motherhood through learning mindfulness techniques that help improve your physical and emotional wellbeing. It's normal for women to worry during pregnancy, but being unduly anxious can spoil this precious time. By using mindfulness techniques you can stay in the present, learn to accept and handle your feelings and thoughts, and become more in tune with your changing body and developing baby. Sarah Rudell Beach's simple techniques can be incorporated easily into everyday life, helping you to become aware of your lifestyle: Are you taking on too much? Do you need to slow down? The more formal meditations help you to shut out the outside world, quieten your mind, and be at one with your unborn baby to strengthen that special bond. There are mindfulness techniques to help you approach labour and birth without fear and handle each stage moment by moment. Finally, Sarah shows how mindfulness practices learnt during pregnancy can be taken into motherhood, so that you can live in the moment with your new baby.
'Important on so many levels - every new parent should read it, men included' Ross J. Barr, Acupuncturist and Women's Health Expert While there is a wealth of advice for new mums on caring for their babies the same is not true for postpartum health. Fulfilling this vital need, After Birth is the ultimate postnatal primer for women facing changes to their bodies after having a baby. Addressing issues great and small - from hair loss and stretch marks, to bladder and bowel leaks, painful sex, diastasis recti and mental health - researcher and writer Jessica Hatcher-Moore brings together straight-talking advice on preparation for childbirth, healing, and recovery in the weeks, months and even years that follow. She also offers insights for partners, whose role is often overlooked at this critical time. Blending knowledge from the full spectrum of modern and traditional therapies with honest experiences from mothers, here is balanced advice with no agenda. Taking a broad look at what we can do for ourselves at home, and also when to seek expert help, After Birth will reassure, inform and empower women to reclaim their post-birth bodies.
Pregnancy and birth can stretch our bodies to their limit and beyond. Incontinence, birth injuries and birth traumas have been a taboo topic for far too long, and, until now, this has prevented women from fully regaining their strength. Stronger is the must-read guide to the bodily changes encountered by all women following pregnancy, with explanations, exercises and friendly, accessible advice to protect, stabilise and rehabilitate. It's time to treat what we pretend not to see, to let the help in and to grow stronger. Let's start now.
What might happen if pregnant mothers and expectant fathers learned to pray for their baby - even before its birth? Francis and Judith MacNutt believe that if enough couples start praying for their unborn children a gentle revolution will take place. Those children will become more disposed to love God, happier and more secure. A practical book filled with helpful advice and case studies, now reissued with a new cover.