Pregnancy MUST! This was the most reassuring positive book. I remember how I would get so caught up in the plethora of guides, manuals, and "medical" pregnancy books. Some of it would get overwhelming, but whenever I read this book I would have such a sense of peace and calm. It is absolutely reminding us that childbirth is a natural beautiful thing. Personal birthing stories in the first half and a wealth of medical knowledge in the back. I recieved this book from a great friend and have bought a thousand more since then to give to expecting friends. This book should be on every woman's shelf even if you are not expecting, just to have one ready to pass on the next time a friend tells you she is pregnant.
An oldie but goodie. Ina May's classic book about birth. A lovely ready, though the language is very much situated in the hippie era, during which it was written. Birth stories of women who trust birth abound, and the story of how Ina May got her start is a great read. I wouldn't put this at the top of a list for every expecting mom, but for those drawn to midwifery and the midwifery model of care, it is more than worth a browse-through!! I have read and re-read it several times myself (I bought it about ten years before I got pregnant and it was a nice introduction to the world of childbirth).
WONDERFUL BOOK !!!!!!! I highly rec. it !