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Recommend me a birthing book (perhaps calm birth?)
(perhaps calm birth?)

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#1 MissButtercup

Posted 28 January 2012 - 05:57 PM

Hi there,

We're still TTC#3 but I would love to hear of any books/tools that you think would help me to achieve VBA2C.

C/S #1 was due to destressed bub
C/S #@ breach bub

Hoping for a VB for #3 but want to make sure I am completely prepared.

#2 MrsFeral247

Posted 28 January 2012 - 06:06 PM

I'm not sure about the VBAC side of things, but I found Juju Sundin's Birth Skills informative and useful for preparing for a natural labour.

#3 PurpleNess

Posted 28 January 2012 - 06:14 PM

Hypnobirthing by Marie Mongan - also try & get your hands on the Relaxation CD that comes with it. Thanks to learning the breathing thecniques and visualisations in the book ( with a practitioner though) I sucessfully had a totally natural birth which was amazing. Totally recommend hypnobirthing, powerful stuff .

Good luck, wishing you all the best.

#4 indigo99

Posted 28 January 2012 - 06:24 PM


I founfd Birth Skills by Juju Sundin's fantastic

All the best xx

#5 Mrs Dinosaurus

Posted 28 January 2012 - 06:24 PM

I 2nd 'birth skills'

For info alone I loved 'birth' although some of the stats have changed, the whole book was helpful.

In all honesty I'd do some serious research into vba2c first, especially at your chosen hospital and with any other known factors (previous complications, GD, obesity for example) as the odds may be very strongly against you (I mean for medical reasons, not that you can't vb).

Also - get yourself a doula or IM.

Good luck original.gif

#6 pinkpeony

Posted 28 January 2012 - 06:39 PM

I have birth skills for sale in the trading room if you are interested, plus a few others. I found all of them helpful, but least of all what to expect.....

#7 rob123

Posted 28 January 2012 - 06:44 PM

QUOTE (MrsSmith247 @ 28/01/2012, 07:06 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'm not sure about the VBAC side of things, but I found Juju Sundin's Birth Skills informative and useful for preparing for a natural labour.

I had an emergency C/S with my first after being fully dilated but failure to progress. I achieved a drug free VBAC with my only preparation being this Birth Skills book. I labored at home for 12 hours and made it to hospital just in time to start pushing. Having a few pain management techniques up my sleeve made me feel more confident labouring at home.

#8 new~mum~reenie

Posted 28 January 2012 - 07:02 PM

Gentle birth, gentle mothering is my fave book.

Also read and really appreciated Birth Skills.

Yet to read, but comes highly reccomended by my 'successful VBAC' friend is 'birthing from within'

#9 MissButtercup

Posted 28 January 2012 - 08:03 PM

For some reason I can't access the trading area (never used it before) but would love to know how much you would like for the Birth Skills book. Please pm - cant seem to send from my iPhone.

And yes I will be reading all the information possible on the risks of repeat c/s and weighing them against the risks of a VBA2C. I'll make the informed decision with the help of my DH, OB & MW. In the mean time I would love some support.

Edited to add - biggest complication with previous pregnancies was a breach bub (c/s#2) and bub #1 was distressed so emergency c/s, No GD, not over weight etc...

Edited by Butterflysnblosoms, 28 January 2012 - 08:06 PM.

#10 mave

Posted 29 January 2012 - 02:37 PM

Yep, 'Birth Skills' and 'Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering' are great.
If you're interested in Calm Birth you may be better off attending a Calm Birth course. I would highly recommend it! Made me feel so much more positive about my impending labour and confident in my body and what it can do.

#11 Fastrunnydog

Posted 29 January 2012 - 06:47 PM

Another vote for Birth Skills - got me through my second labour drug free and in control  yyes.gif

#12 Lady I

Posted 29 January 2012 - 09:05 PM

I have been enjoying Ina May Gaskins Natural Guide to Childbirth.  I haven't read the others.  Am also reading hypnobirthing - the Mongan method.

#13 tweetypie007

Posted 29 January 2012 - 09:15 PM

Yup Birth Skills by Juju Sundin gets my vote too!

#14 librablonde

Posted 29 January 2012 - 09:20 PM

Ina May Gaskin's Guide To Childbirth.
Active Birth by Janet somebody.

#15 GingerTea

Posted 30 January 2012 - 09:20 AM

Birth Skills definately. Another one i really enjoyed was: Labour of Love: An Australian Guide to Natural Childbirth by Gabrielle Targett

#16 Pobbs

Posted 30 January 2012 - 09:35 AM

I have read Hypnobirthing and Birth Skills, and out of the two, I found Birth Skills to be much more relevant. Good luck!

#17 MissButtercup

Posted 31 January 2012 - 08:17 PM

Looks like I should pop my hands on a copy of Birth Skills. Thanks everyone original.gif

#18 Baby BeeHinds Syd

Posted 31 January 2012 - 09:38 PM

Hypnobirthing is great, as well as 25 ways to awaken your birth power (it also comes with a CD).

Maybe go into a book shop and have a brief read of some of them and find the one that 'speaks' to you and the one with concepts that you feel you connect with. Good luck original.gif

#19 natural birth babi

Posted 01 February 2012 - 06:18 PM

Look around your area for any classes on HypnoBirthing the Mongan Method, there is a book of the same title but the classes are excellent.

#20 MissButtercup

Posted 05 May 2012 - 04:13 PM

Well I have a copy of calm birth and birth skills on the way.... Now to find time to read them inbetween uni study...

#21 4joys

Posted 07 May 2012 - 10:45 AM

Hi OP,

In addition to the books about birthing that have been recommended, there are some great VBAC books that you might be able to get your hands on (the book depository has great books that are cheap with free postage).

Vaginal Birth after Cesarean: the smart woman’s guide to VBAC - Elizabeth Kaufman
Natural childbirth after cesarean – a practical guide – Karis Crawford and Johanne.C.Walters
The VBAC Companion: the expectant mother guide to vaginal birth – Diana Korte

There are also some good articles on these sights that you might like to read:



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