I’m so excited about this book! I know I don’t talk much about pregnancy and birth and breastfeeding on here any more, because my baby is 8. Those topics used to consume my life, but not any more. So here’s a news flash…I’m going to be a grandma in October! (I know, can you believe it?! I still haven’t finished my post about my daughter’s wedding right after Christmas and now she’s halfway through a pregnancy!) I want my expectant daughter to read this!
This is the book about pregnancy that I wish had been around 25 years ago when I started having babies. I had to settle for the one that will remain nameless which has a lot of stuff in it I eventually found out that I don’t agree with. Let’s just say it wasn’t favorable to home birth. I have found that home birth is a very viable option for those moms who are low risk and feel safe giving birth at home, which I did for four of my births. I also didn’t agree with the nutrition advice in it and its promotion of conveyor belt birth procedures. OK, enough of that, let’s talk about this book!
What I love about it:
-the promotion of natural birth
-the promotion of questioning routines for prenatal and birth that really don’t make sense (See The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Better Birth by Henci Goer for lots of evidence on this.)
-the recipes! I can’t wait to try them even though I’m not pregnant! Don’t these sound yummy: Tart Cherry Bomb drink, Cherry Chocolate Trail Mix, Banana Almond Cake, Fat Bombs, Clove Rice Pudding, Crispy Kale Chips, Coconut Chocolate Fudge, Lentil Salad, Savory Quiche, and Turkey Chili? And that’s not even half of the recipes!
-the promotion of the Weston A. Price principles of soaking grains and consuming bone broth
-the breezy, girlfriend style of author Genevieve Howland. She’s a popular, funny vlogger, as shown below.
-the week-by-week structure to answer all your questions and give a you a picture of what’s going on inside with baby
-the promotion of natural birth and the confidence it oozes in a woman’s body to birth naturally
-the promotion of doulas, who are worth their weight in gold! I have loved my doulas!
-the section on placenta encapsulation and the normalization of it
-the sections on breastfeeding, miscarriages and stillbirths, and PPD
I give it 5 out of 5 stars and so do over 500 people at Amazon!
P.S. For an LDS perspective on pregnancy and childbirth, I highly recommend this book over here.