If you are considering having your baby without medications like the epidural, or even just looking into it, it is important that you prepare your mind, your body and your support system. These books all offer something special to helping you build your ideal birth and dealing with labor as it happens, including twists and turns that may be unexpected in the road.
This book is an instant classic! With great advice, humor and birth stories, Lothian and DeVires share the truth about birth and how to make it a wonderful time in your life. The factual information is provided in a practical way, including how to pick a place of birth, talk to you doctor or midwife and most importantly how to trust your body.
Technically this book is for those that help you in labor, but it's a great read for you too. I highly recommend that anyone you invite to your birth be familiar with this book. It's very practically written and thoughtfully laid out to be a quick reference in labor. Penny Simkin, author, is a childbirth educator and doula, so she has used these techniques in hundreds of births.