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Food for Pregnancy: Nutrition Guide Plus Over 125 Recipes
for Healthy Pregnancy and Breastfeeding. Daina Kalnins
& Joanne Saab, $27.95
Pregnancy is not a time for guesswork
about nutrition. Expecting women have specific nutritional
needs and will find it useful to have a sensible guide to
this vital information.
BETTER FOOD FOR PREGNANCY is that guide. Written
by experts on staff at the renowned Hospital for Sick Children,
this book is comprehensive and authoritative. The first half
of the book addresses:
- nutritional needs before conception
and during each trimester
- how a mother's diet affects
growth of the fetus
- healthy weight gains through
- nutritional supplements including
vitamins, minerals, and herbs
- effects of particular foods,
such as coffee, un-pasteurized cheeses & alcohol
- increased nutrient requirements
needed during lactation
The second half of the book features
125 recipes ideally suited to expectant mothers. Each recipe
has a complete nutrient analysis plus there are handy meal
plans and Snacks on the Go that help prevent nausea and vomiting.
Every page of the nutrition section is packed with tips, sidebars,
recommendations, and common-sense guidelines presented in
easy-to-use tables and charts.
Shelia Kitzinger, $36.95
One new mother in twenty is diagnosed with
traumatic stress after childbirth. In BIRTH CRISIS,
Sheila Kitzinger explores the disempowerment and anxiety experienced
by these women. Key topics discussed include:
- increasing intervention in pregnancy
- the shift in emphasis from relationships to technology in childbirth
- how family, friends and professional caregivers can reach out to traumatized mothers
- how women can work through stress to understand themselves more deeply and grow in emotional maturity
- how care and the medical system needs to be changed.
BIRTH CRISIS draws on mothers' voices and real-life
experiences to explore the suffering after childbirth which
has traditionally been brushed under the carpet. It is a fascinating
and useful resource for student and practicing midwives, all
health professionals, and women and their families who want
to learn how to overcome a traumatic birth.
Birth In Focus: Stories and Photos to Inform, Educate
and Inspire. Becky Reedhiller, $33.00
Birth In Focus offers the reader a chance to see
birth made real. Water birth, breech birth, twin birth, Caesarean birth — all
are shown in ‘photo stories’, with accompanying text written both by the woman
and her midwife, and sometimes also the partner or a child who was present.
Clear images of the birth process provide an excellent educational tool for
students, as well as offering inspiration to those who may not have had the
opportunity to see birth in this way. A chapter on reflection points for
practitioners will help professionals and birth supporters explore further the
issues highlighted in the individual stories.
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a Midwife’s Manifesta. Ina May Gaskin,
In BIRTH MATTERS, America’s best-known
midwife, Ina May Gaskin, reminds us that the ways in which
women experience birth have implications for us all. Renewing
confidence in a woman’s natural ability to birth provides
transformative possibilities for individual families, and
for society at large.
BIRTH MATTERS is a spirited manifesta
showing us how to trust women, value birth, nurture families
and reconcile modern life with a process as old as our species.
Birth & Sex: the Power and the
Passion. Sheila Kitzinger, $19.95
Birth and sex are often talked about as
if they were contrasting experiences. In fact, they each involve the same rush
of hormones in an action drama in which mind and body work in harmony. In this
compelling and controversial new book Sheila Kitzinger explores the complexity
and depth of female sexuality during pregnancy, birth, and after the baby
comes. She shows what can be done to create an environment in which a woman is
able to trust her instincts and be confident in her body. By rediscovering the
power and passion in our bodies, we can reclaim the spontaneity and sexual ecstasy
Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin & the
Farm Midwives. A film by Sara Lamm & Mary
Wigmore, $24.95 (Not available for classroom use or public viewing. For Home
BIRTH STORY captures a spirited group of
women who taught themselves how to deliver babies on a 1970s hippie commune,
rescued modern midwifery from extinction, and changed the way a generation
thought about childbirth. Today, these women labour on – fighting to preserve
their knowledge, and pushing once again for the rebirth of birth.
Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers, 2nd Edition. Nancy Mohrbacher & Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, $26.95
This second edition of BREASTFEEDING MADE SIMPLE
is a comprehensive resource that offers effective and common-sense
techniques and wonderful insights into the baby's needs. Understanding
how breastfeeding works will help you to overcome challenges
such as low milk production, breast refusal, pain and weaning
problems and other obstacles that can keep you from enjoying
breastfeeding your baby. Highly recommended by mothers, lactation
consultants and other breastfeeding experts.
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Breastfeeding Solutions: Quick Tips
for the Most Common Nursing Challenges. Nancy
As a busy mom, you probably donít have
time to read long-winded books and manuals. You want quick, practical
solutions. BREASTFEEDING SOLUTIONS is the ultimate easy-to-read guide for
mothers who are experiencing difficulty breastfeeding. The line drawings,
bulleted lists, tables, charts, and other visual aids included in this book
make it easy for you to quickly find the breastfeeding solutions you need
without wading through hundreds of pages of text. In the book, you will learn
how to overcome challenges such as pain, lack of milk expression, pumping, and
weaning, so that you can give your baby the best start in life possible. After
all, breastfeeding is the most inexpensive gift you can give to help ensure
your baby grows into a healthy, happy adult.
Breastfeeding Uncovered: Who Really Decides How We
Feed Our Babies? Amy Brown, $22.95
Across the world mothers are urged to breastfeed, but in
Western society many find this a difficult task. Those who stop can feel
demoralised and unsure as to why such a desired, encouraged and biologically
normal behaviour can appear so challenging in reality. Breastfeeding Uncovered examines why this continues to happen, revealing how complex social and
cultural messages work against new mothers, damaging the normal physiology of
breastfeeding and making it seem unmanageable.
Dr Brown removes the focus from the mother and instead
urges society to rethink its attitude towards breastfeeding and mothering and
instead to support, encourage and protect mothers to feed their babies. This
book is for anyone who has ever struggled with breastfeeding, supported new
mothers or just wondered what all the fuss is about. Most of all it is a must
read for anyone who has ever thought a breastfeeding mother should cover up, or
feed her baby elsewhere.
The Business of Baby. Jennifer Margulia, $29.99
What doctors don’t tell you, what
corporations try to sell you, and how to put your pregnancy, childbirth, and
baby before the bottom line.
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Pregnancy Care Book. Mount
Sinai Hospital Toronto, Michèle Farrugia, Jacqueline Thomas & Paul
Written by three leading obstetricians
and researchers, this balanced, practical and informative guide
to everything related to pregnancy takes readers from preconception
through to the birth of their newborn.
Childbirth Without Fear, 2013 Edition. Grantly Dick-Read, Foreword by Ina May Gaskin
In an age when normal birth can still be overtaken
by obstetrics, Grantly Dick-Read's philosophy is still as
fresh and relevant as it was when he originally wrote this
book. He unpicks the root causes of women's fears and anxiety
about pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding with overwhelming
heart and empathy. As one of the most influential birthing
books of all time, CHILDBIRTH WITHOUT FEAR is essential
reading for all parents-to-be, childbirth educators, midwives
This definitive reissue includes the full text of the fourth edition, the last
completed by Grantly Dick-Read before his death in 1959, and The
Autobiography of Grantly Dick-Read, compiled from his writings.
Complete Guide to Everyday Risks in Pregnancy & Breastfeeding:
Answers to Your Questions about Morning Sickness, Medications,
Herbs, Diseases, Chemical Exposures & More. Dr. Gideon
Koren & the Motherisk Program at the Hospital for Sick
Children, Toronto. $24.95
Recognized throughout the world,
the Motherisk program at the Hospital for Sick Children provides
counseling based on the most up-to-date information on substances
or environmental factors that can cause birth defects. It's
the largest program of its kind worldwide and has counseled
over half a million women and their families and health professionals.
Now this information has been compiled in a single, easy-to-understand
volume that offers authoritative descriptions of the risks
during pregnancy and breastfeeding. It is an invaluable and
comprehensive reference for expecting and lactating mothers
and their health care providers.
Conceiving Healthy Babies: an Herbal Guide to Support
Preconception, Pregnancy, and Lactation. Dawn Combs, $24.95
Healthy babies don't just happen. The lifestyle of the
prospective parents is a crucial factor in promoting fertility and ensuring a
successful pregnancy. But the average North American diet is saturated with processed
foods, and environmental toxins are rampant — we must take responsibility for
what we put into and onto our bodies to create optimum conditions for the
childbearing year. Drawing on the author's own personal triumph over
infertility, Conceiving Healthy Babies is a unique herbal
guide geared to helping couples achieve balance in preconception, pregnancy,
lactation and beyond.
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Confident Birth. Susanna Heli, $20.95
Women have an innate ability to give
birth, a knowledge that has been acquired through thousands of years of
evolution. Yet all too often fear and stress can get in the way and block
the natural process of childbirth.
In this inspiring new book, Susanna
Heli, an experienced doula and physiotherapist, shows how childbirth can be
transformed by understanding how fear can affect birth and how it is
possible to overcome it by using four simple, dynamic and effective
tools to rediscover the inner power to give birth. The tools are
equally effective whichever type of birth you choose, and whether or not you
have given birth before. The book also offers practical advice to help the
birth partner support the labouring woman. CONFIDENT BIRTH will give
you and your birth partner all the tools you need to cope with the challenges
of childbirth, and make it an empowering and positive experience.
Cut, Stapled, & Mended: When One
Woman Reclaimed Her Body and Gave Birth on Her Own Terms. Roanna Rosewood, $18.95
From two Cesarean sections to a home
birth, this memoir is a moving and intimate look at the healing power of birth.
The Dad’s Playbook to Labor and
Birth. Theresa & Brad Halvorsen, $17.95
A practical and strategic guide to
preparing for the big day!
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Doulas: Why Every Pregnant Woman
Deserves One. Susan Ross, $25.95
Doulas are trained to look after you,
both emotionally and physically, during pregnancy, labour and birth. They
empower you to negotiate the best care for you and your baby. They act as your
advocate, and provide support, reassurance, and encouragement. In DOULAS, you
will find all you need to know about:
- Why doulas are so important to the birth
- Choosing the right doula for you
- What doula care entails
- Prenatal education
- Conquering your fear of labour and birthing
- And much more...
DreamBirth: Transforming the Journey of Childbirth
through Imagery. Catherine Shainberg, $22.95
Bringing a new life into the world is the most profound
act of creativity in the human experience. By communicating with your body
through the language of dreams and imagery, Dr. Catherine Shainberg, teaches
how you can experience the journey of childbirth — exhilarating, natural, and
overflowing with love — and be an active participant in all four phases of
childbirth — conception, pregnancy, labor, and post–partum care. Created as an
essential resource for parents, midwives, fertility experts, and any birth care
professional, DreamBirth includes:
- Instruction in using imagery and conscious dreaming to activate
the creative power of your mind and the deep wisdom of your body
- Pre–conception and conception — practices for preparing to conceive
and calling to the spirit of your child
- In–depth guidance for navigating each trimester of pregnancy, the
two stages of labor, and essential early bonding
- Effective imagery for dissolving anxiety around childbirth
- Techniques for fathers and partners, and much more
the Baby and Other Scary Thoughts: Breaking the Cycle of Unwanted
Thoughts in Motherhood. Karen Kleiman & Amy Wenzel,
This book addresses the nature of the intrusive, negative, and anxious thoughts pregnant and postpartum women can experience. It provides answers to the women who seek information, clarification, and validation and is a useful resource for healthcare professionals who work with them. It is a resource for consumers and clinicians who confront these negative cognitions by outlining what these thoughts are, why they are there, and what can be done about them. The compassionate tone of the book aims to inform and reassure, and is written by two clinicians who have established themselves as leading experts and authors in this specialized field.
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Dynamic Positions in Birth: a Fresh Look at How
Women's Bodies Work in Labour. Margaret Jowitt, $21.95
Most women give birth in hospitals, institutions modelled
around the needs of the people who work there. The delivery room is designed
around the obstetric bed which was designed for the benefit of the obstetrician
rather than the woman giving birth. Despite research showing the benefit of
upright positions in labour and birth, many women still give birth in the
semi-reclined position, pushing their baby out against the forces of gravity.
The author argues that unnatural positions make labour and birth more painful
and difficult for modern women than it was for their ancestors. How did we come
to put the needs of care givers above those of the labouring woman? Is there
anything that can be done?
Starting with a short history of birth furniture, Dynamic
Positions in Birth goes on to explore the anatomy and physiology of
labour from an evolutionary perspective and explores how rethinking positions
for labour and birth could benefit mothers and their babies. Equally important
is the need to change attitudes to birth so that women are encouraged to play a
more active part in the birth of their babies instead of being subjected to
clinical interventions designed to mitigate the adverse effects of labouring in
a starkly unnatural environment.
Margaret Jowitt argues that it is possible to give women
labouring in hospital a better chance of giving birth naturally. The book
concludes by calling for a fresh look at the environment for birth. Delivery
rooms can be made more user friendly by introducing furniture designed
around women’s need for physical support during labour as well as for the birth,
and by hiding away the more alarming technology unless it is needed.
Women need a less forbidding environment and more encouragement to move freely
and adopt positions which will enhance their chance of achieving a normal
The Everything® Father-to-Be Book: a Survival Guide
for Men, 3rd Edition. Kevin Nelson, $21.95
Advice and tips from dads who’ve been there — this useful guide gives you everything you need to be a perfect partner and super dad.
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Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy
Wisdom Is Wrong — and What You Really Need to Know. Emily Oster, $19.00
Numbers are not subject to someone else’s interpretation
— math doesn’t lie. Economist Emily Oster set out to inform parents-to-be about
the truth of pregnancy using the most up-to-date data so that they can make the
best decisions for their pregnancies. The results she found were often very
Oster debunks the myths of pregnancy using her particular
mode of critical thinking: economics, the study of how we get what we want.
Oster knows that the value of anything — home, an amniocentesis — is in the
eyes of the informed beholder, and like any complicated endeavor, pregnancy is
not a one-size-fits-all affair. And yet medicine often treats it as such.
EXPECTING BETTER presents the hard facts and real-world advice you’ll
need. Any expectant mother knows that the health of her baby is paramount, but
she will be less anxious and better able to enjoy a healthy pregnancy if she is
informed... and can have the occasional glass of wine.
DVD. Suzanne Arms & Suzanne Berthiaume, $49.95
GIVING BIRTH is the acclaimed film by Suzanne Arms that compares
the medical model of birth with the biological model for birth.
In this film:
- Three obstetricians and a hospital labor and delivery nurse speak on the importance of natural, normal birth.
- A doula talks about the value of having a doula with a woman throughout labor
- A water birth
- A Cesarean mother speaking about her experience of surgical birth
- Midwifery care
- A labor and the first hours after birth
- No full-frontal nudity
- Suitable for children
- Features Dr. Christiane Northrup (author, "Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom)
- Special bonus material includes clips from the first hour after birth, the birth of the placenta, cutting of the cord, breastfeeding, father and his newborn son, and the 2 year old sibling with her new brother, as well as the midwife's commentary on the birth.
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A Good Birth: Finding the Positive
and Profound In Your Birth Experience. Anne Drapkin
Drawing on a landmark study involving
more than one hundred pregnant women and mothers, a renowned OB/GYN synthesizes
the secrets to a good birth — medically and emotionally.
in the Hospital: Integrating Natural Childbirth with
Modern Medicine. Stacey Marie Kerr, $19.95
HOMEBIRTH IN THE HOSPITAL is a wonderful blend
of birth-stories, compassionate and inspiring ideas and woman-centered
care. This book demonstrates what is possible when caregivers
and clients work together to honour the birthing process.
Impact of Birthing
Practices on Breastfeeding, 2nd Edition. Linda Smith,
IMPACT OF BIRTHING PRACTICES ON BREASTFEEDING
examines the research and evidence connecting birth practices
to breastfeeding outcomes. It takes an in-depth look
at the post-birth experiences of the mother and baby, using
the baby’s ability to breastfeed as the vehicle, the
mother’s lactation capacity as a factor, and the intact
mother-baby dyad as the model to address birth practices that
The 2nd Edition has been
completely revised to include new information on infant outcomes,
including epidural anesthesia and Cesarean surgery, clinical
strategies for helping the mother and baby recover from birth
injuries, medications and complications, and information on
the World Health Organization’s Baby-Friendly Hospital
Initiative with its Mother-Friendly Childbirth Module.
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In the Spirit of Homebirth: Modern Women, an Ancient Choice. Edited by
Bronwyn Preece, $18.95
This collection of stories that celebrate the beauty and
power of giving birth comes from women of indigenous communities, of diverse
socioeconomic classes and religions, in urban and rural settings. Partners
describe the awe of watching a loved one bring new life into the world,
children write sweetly about getting a baby brother or sister, and midwives and
doulas tell us what it is like to aid women on their journeys.
In the Spirit of Homebirth presents birth as a
physical action as well as a sacred act, an expression of deep love and of
belief in the power of the human spirit. Homebirth is a choice, and In the
Spirit of Homebirth tells us why women from all walks of life and their
families make this choice today when they have the right to give birth as they
wish. In the Spirit of Homebirth presents homebirth, not as an archaic
practice but as a remarkably contemporary expression of a long tradition and a
profoundly empowering and joyous event.
Body, My Baby, My Birth: a Film about Natural Childbirth.
Wisewoman Childbirth Traditions, $13.95 (DVD format, 27 minutes)
An educational birth film that
tells the story of seven mothers and their emotional journeys
to natural childbirth. Beautifully filmed, the DVD presents
the views and experiences of mothers, their partners (including
one lesbian couple), midwives, an obstetrician and a childbirth
educator. Each woman’s story is unique and powerful. Pain,
safety and fear are all addressed in this compelling film.
Joyous Childbirth Changes the World. Tadashi
The truth and power of birth is the subject of Dr.
Yoshimura’s first book published in North America. Yoshimura describes babies
born directly into the arms of their mothers, and women so transformed with
pride and passion in their ability that they are joyous and forever changed.
Instead of a medical emergency, Yoshimura describes birth as a transcendent and
natural process that cannot be perfected, and that, when performed through the
innate power of women, reveals what he calls a “mystic beauty.” Full of
delightful stories of birthing women and peaceful smiling infants, and helpful
tips from his childbirth preparation program, Joyous Childbirth Changes
the World is a must-read for all expectant parents and those who care
for them. Yoshimura’s clinic serves as a testament to the kind of compassionate
birth culture that is possible if we prioritize the health and experience of
women and babies.
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The Kind Mama: a Simple Guide to Supercharged
Fertility, a Radiant Pregnancy, a Sweeter Birth, and a Healthier, More
Beautiful Beginning. Alicia Silverstone, $27.50
In The Kind Mama, Alicia Silverstone has
created a comprehensive and practical guide empowering women to take charge of
their fertility, pregnancy, and early months with baby. Drawing on her own
experience, as well as that of obstetricians, midwives, nutritionists, holistic
health counselors, and others, Silverstone offers advice on getting oneís
"baby house" in order through nutrient-rocking foods that heal and
nourish, and, once pregnant, gentle ways to boost comfort, energy, and health
during each trimester. She helps readers navigate everything from prenatal
testing and birth plans to successful breastfeeding and creating a supportive
"baby nest." The result is an authoritative, one-stop guide that empowers
women to trust their instincts during this vital milestone, while helping them
embark on a healthy and more vibrant path to motherhood.
Mama Midwife: a Birth Adventure. Christy Tyner, $18.95
Join Miso the Mouse and her friends on a
hip and tender birth adventure with Miso’s mother — a hard working midwife.
Mama, Talk about
When Max Was Born. Toni Olson, illustrated by S. Marie
This sweet picture book tells the story
of Max’s birth, which takes place at home in water. Max’s older sister likes to
hear about when Mama first learned she was pregnant, about visiting the
midwives, about preparing for Max’s arrival, and about the birth itself.
Maternity Rolls: Pregnancy, Childbirth and Disability. Heather Kuttai, $18.95
Heather Kuttai, a spinal cord injured mother of two, has written a beautiful, poignant and insightful book that will challenge readers to rethink their preconceived and socially accepted notion of what it means to live with a disability — and what it means to become a mother.
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Mindful Birthing: Training the Mind,
the Body and Heart for Childbirth and Beyond. Nancy
With MINDFUL BIRTHING, Nancy
Bardacke, nurse-midwife and mindfulness teacher, lays out her innovative
program for pregnancy, childbirth, and beyond. Drawing on groundbreaking
research in neuroscience, mindfulness meditation, and mind/body medicine,
Bardacke offers practices that will help you find calm and ease during this
life-changing time, providing lifelong skills for healthy living and wise
Natural Hospital Birth:
the Best of Both Worlds. Cynthia Gabriel, $23.95
In NATURAL HOSPITAL BIRTH, doula Cynthia Gabriel
shows expectant mothers what they can do to avoid unnecessary
medical interventions and how to take initiative and consciously
prepare for the kind of birth they want to have. Also included
are inspiring stories from other women who know firsthand
that natural birth in the hospital is possible. With this
book, you will be equipped with the knowledge you need to
ensure a satisfying hospital birth.
Nurturing New Families: a Guide to Supporting Parents.
Naomi Kemeny, $19.95
Supporting a family in the days and weeks after a baby is
born is a precious gift indeed — as the mother recovers her strength and
responds to her baby's needs, the care of a postnatal doula, friend or family
member can be invaluable.
In this guide to warm, mother- and- baby-centred
postnatal care, Naomi Kemeny draws on her wealth of experience as a midwife,
children's nurse and postnatal doula to explain in detail how to 'mother the
mother' — by listening to what she needs and supporting her as she adapts to
her new role. This insightful book is both a useful guide to the work of a postnatal
doula, and a must-read for anyone wanting to help a new family cope with those
intense yet magical early days with a newborn.
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How the Nine Months Before Birth Shape the Rest of Our Lives.
Annie Murphy Paul, $17.00
What makes us the way we are? Some say it's the genes we inherit at conception. Others are sure it's the environment we experience in childhood. But could it be that many of our individual characteristics — our health, our intelligence, our temperaments — are influenced by the conditions we encountered before birth?
That's the claim of an exciting and provocative field known as fetal origins. Over the past twenty years, scientists have been developing a radically new understanding of our very earliest experiences and how they exert lasting effects on us from infancy well into adulthood. Their research offers a bold new view of pregnancy as a crucial staging ground for our health, ability, and well-being throughout life.
Overcoming Baby Blues: a Comprehensive Guide to
Perinatal Depression. Gordon Parker, Kerrie Eyers & Philip Boyce,
A practical guide to the depression suffered by many
women both during pregnancy and after the baby is born, with advice on
identifying the symptoms and seeking the right help, for both women and their
Oxytocin: the Biological Guide to Motherhood.
Kerstin Uvnäs Moberg, $61.95
What role does oxytocin play in the many changes that
occur during pregnancy and breastfeeding designed to make mothers better
mothers? How does birth, breastfeeding, and skin-to-skin contact affect
oxytocin release? How do birth interventions — epidurals, Caesarean sections,
oxytocin infusions, and medications — impact oxytocin release? And how does
oxytocin release (or lack of) impact the mother and baby?
After many years of researching oxytocin, author,
physician, and researcher Dr. Kerstin Uvnäs-Moberg presents compelling
scientific data that demonstrates the important role oxytocin plays in
motherhood. Dr. Uvnäs-Moberg describes how oxytocin helps mothers access an
inborn female competence that helps them transition to motherhood and give
birth more easily, feel better after birth, breastfeed with fewer problems, and
establish a good connection with their children. She also explains the impact oxytocin
release has on infants — helping them become better at handling stressful
situations and impacting their future health.
This book provides scientific data to demonstrate that oxytocin plays an
important role far beyond stimulation of uterine contractions during birth and
milk ejection during breastfeeding. Anyone working with pregnant and
breastfeeding mothers will find this book enlightening and thought-provoking. It
will give you evidenced-based information to change practices to protect
oxytocin release during birth and in the postpartum period and to better inform
new mothers about the role oxytocin plays in pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding;
the importance of natural birth, skin-to-skin contact, and breastfeeding; and
the impact of birth interventions.
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The Penguin Book of Baby Names
for Canadians. $16.00
THE PENGUIN BOOK OF BABY NAMES FOR CANADIANS
guides you through the process of choosing a name for
your newborn with helpful naming hints, advice on name pronunciation
and origins, and culturally diverse names. It's also full
of useful lists, including the most popular names in Canada
by province; names of famous Canadians — and what famous
Canadians are naming their children.
Blues: What Every Woman Needs to Know about Depression During
Pregnancy. Shaila Kulkarni Misri, $21.00
The numbers are surprising: up to 70 percent
of pregnant women experience some degree of depressive symptoms
and of those, 12 percent meet the diagnostic criteria for
major depression. Although it is at least as common as postpartum
depression, which occurs after a child's birth, pregnancy-related
depression is often cloaked in silence, shame, and denial.
PREGNANCY BLUES lifts the veil on this heartbreaking
and very treatable illness, examining the key social and biological
factors that can come together during pregnancy to create
a climate in which depression thrives, as well as offering
the many effective treatments that are available.
Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn: the Complete
Guide, 5th Edition. Penny Simkin, Janet Whalley, Ann Keppler, Janelle
Durham & April Bolding, $27.95
This highly accessible and authoritative new edition
of Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn presents
research-based information on all aspects of childbearing — from conception
through early infancy. Well organized, it includes engaging photos,
illustrations and boxed features that highlight important information and
advice to help you make informed decisions about your care. With appendices
that include footnotes and research references as well as a glossary and
summaries of pain relief methods for labour, this is tremendously complete
resource for expectant and new parents.
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The Pregnancy Encyclopedia. Canadian Edition with
Dr. Beth Cruickshank, $46.00
The Pregnancy Encyclopedia is an engaging and
accessible question-and-answer guide to some of the most commonly asked
questions about pregnancy, packed with full-color photographs and
The Prenatal Bombshell: Help and Hope When Continuing
or Ending a Precious Pregnancy After an Abnormal Diagnosis. Stephanie Azri &
Sherokee Ilse, $52.95
Finding out your unborn child has been diagnosed with a
poor or fatal prenatal diagnosis is devastating news sure to reverberate
through your family’s life forever. The emotional aspects of such a pregnancy
and the practical implications of an adverse diagnosis are difficult to
navigate. The Prenatal Bombshell is a warm and understanding
companion guide through the journey from diagnosis and beyond once you’ve
decided to either continue or end your precious pregnancy. Issues such as
managing the pregnancy, delivery, termination, creating memories, future
babies, and the long term impact of such a traumatic experience are all covered
in detail. The lived experiences of other women who have gone through this
journey are also included to provide hope, support, and guidance through
The Prenatal Bombshell does not attempt to convince women to make a
particular choice about their pregnancy. It supports them from their choice
onwards in a way that is honest, informative, and reliable. Filled with stories
and testimonies, this is a helpful book to have during, and well beyond, a poor
Real Food for Mother and Baby: The Fertility Diet, Eating for Two, and Baby's First Foods. Nina Planck, $18.50
Food activist Nina Planck has never been one
to blindly accept common wisdom, so when she became pregnant,
she decided to look at the nutritional advice recommended
for pregnancy. What she found was surprising: advice that
is occasionally inaccurate and often impossible. In REAL FOOD
FOR MOTHER AND BABY Nina explains why commonly held
ideas about pregnancy and infant nutrition are misguided and
how real food is good for growing minds and bodies. The general
rules aren't surprising but some of the details might be.
Filled with reassuring advice for parents who
want to grow their children on a diet of whole and natural
foods, REAL FOOD FOR MOTHER AND BABY is a must-have.
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Regulating Infant Formula. George Kent, $20.50
Most of us assume that our government or
some international agency is monitoring the quality of infant formula, but who
is actually making sure the product helps to make our children as healthy as
Manufacturers keep coming up with newer
and more expensive versions of infant formula, but do we really know how they
will affect children's health in the long-term? What consideration is given to
the healthcare costs linked to different methods of feeding?
George Kent has been analyzing the
policy issues surrounding children's nutrition for decades. Here he presents
compelling evidence on issues surrounding infant formula regulation and
identifies the systematic failures in the current regulation of infant formula.
This book covers:
- The regulatory framework
- Formula's impact on health
- The assumption of safety of infant formula
- Outdated and counterfeit infant formula
- Additives and Nutritional adequacy
- Distribution by governments
- Strengthening regulations and future research
If you are a parent trying to decide
whether to breastfeed or formula feed your baby, or if you are a healthcare
provider who educates parents on feeding choices, you need to read this book.
Relieving Pelvic Pain During and
After Pregnancy: How Women Can Heal Chronic Pelvic Instability. Cecile Röst, $22.00
Pregnancy weakens the ligaments that
keep the pelvic bones together. If these ligaments become overloaded, pelvic
instability can result, leading to pain around the joints that may last for
weeks or even years. Cecile Röst, a physical therapist, has devised a treatment
program that is simple and effective.
The first part of the book uses over 100
illustrations to illustrate symmetry and stabilization exercises to control the
pelvis, and the best positions for sitting, standing, lying, and other daily
activities. The exercises do not cause any pain and can be done at home or
under supervision. Part Two is for care providers and gives background
information about pelvic pain, a protocol for a first consult, and advanced
details of the therapy.
Guide to Pregnancy for Lesbians: How to Stay Sane and Care
for Yourself from Preconception through Birth. Rachel
THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO PREGNANCY FOR LESBIANS
will guide you every step of the way, from your first ovulation
kit right up through the first weeks after your baby's birth.
This lively, easy-to-read guide is the first place to go for
up-to-date information and sage advice on everything you need
to know. New topics in this revised edition include:
- Preconception planning for both
singles and couples
- Latest information on fertility
- Sex, desire, and self-esteem
- Protecting your legal rights
as a lesbian family
- Negotiating family roles
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Understanding Your Moods When You're
Expecting: Emotions, Mental Health, and Happiness Before,
During, and After Pregnancy. Lucy Puryear, $19.95
Lucy Puryear is a practicing psychiatrist and
a pioneering expert in women's reproductive mental health.
Through engaging personal stories reflecting her own practice,
she illuminates the little-discussed feelings that are virtually
universal for pregnant women and explains exactly what is
happening to your hormonal system. UNDERSTANDING YOUR MOODS
WHEN EXPECTING gives readers the knowledge they need during
this emotionally demanding time in their lives.
What to Eat When You’re Pregnant and Vegetarian:
the Complete Guide to Healthy Eating. Rana Conway,
This no-nonsense book is a handy and compact guide to
healthy eating for vegetarians who are expecting. This definitive approach
provides expert guidance on how to eat and drink in a way that will keep you
healthy, your baby safe, and provide the ideal fuel for growth and development.
You're Expecting Twins, Triplets or Quads: Proven Guidelines
for a Healthy Multiple Pregnancy. Barbara Luke & Tamara
This practical, nutrition-based
program has been used to lower the common complications of
a multiple pregnancy, resulting in healthier babies.
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Why Human Rights In Childbirth Matter. Rebecca
The human rights in childbirth movement is gathering pace
and followers across the globe. From Venezuela to the UK, via America and
Uganda, activists, midwives, mothers, doctors and lawyers are coming together
to offer rights-based solutions to the problems in maternity care. Just what
are human rights though? How do they apply to pregnancy and birth? What happens
when dignity is absent? And how are innovators and educators using human rights
principles to revolutionise care for the next generation of women?
Why Human Rights in Childbirth Matter will bust
myths around human rights, explain what your rights in pregnancy and birth are,
how caregivers can champion them and provide practical inspiration for mothers,
caregivers and campaigners working to improve birth for all women across the
Why Perinatal Depression Matters. Mia Scotland, $16.95
You have probably heard of postnatal depression, but did
you know that most cases of postnatal depression actually began in pregnancy?
And did you know that postnatal depression is not caused by women’s hormones
gone awry — that men are suffering postnatal and perinatal depression in larger
and larger numbers too? This is why “postnatal depression” has now been renamed
“perinatal depression”(‘peri’ means around, as in the word “perimeter”).
Why is the seemingly joyful event of new parenthood
causing so much suffering? Depression seems to be related to the stresses that
a modern couple undertakes when they have a baby. The lack of support, lack of
celebration, overload of expectations, overwhelming responsibility, isolation,
judgment, blaming by the media, tiredness, mixed messages, confusion, high
expectations and lack of tender loving care serve to eventually break parents
and their relationships. And when we break parents, we break a baby. Babies are
our future, and if we break a baby, in the long run, we break society.
Postnatal depression takes a high toll on society. Dealing effectively with
perinatal depression is about valuing love, connection, calm and stillness,
over and above productivity, achievement and acquisition.
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Witches, Midwives, and Nurses: A History of Women Healers (Second Edition). Barbara Ehrenreich & Deirdre English, $10.95
WITCHES, MIDWIVES & NURSES, first
published by the Feminist Press in 1973, is an essential book
about the corruption of the medical establishment and its
historic roots in witch-hunts. In this new edition, Ehrenreich
and English add an entirely new section delving into the current
fascination with and controversies about witches, exposing
our fears and fantasies. They build on their classic exposé
of the demonization of women healers, and the political and
economic monopolization of medicine.
The Womanly Art
of Breastfeeding, Revised 2010. La Leche League International,
Dedicated to supporting nursing and expectant mothers, the internationally respected La Leche League has set the standard for educating and empowering mothers for generations. Now their classic bestselling guide has been retooled, refocused, and updated for today’s mothers and lifestyles. Working mothers, stay-at-home moms, single moms, and mothers of multiples will all benefit from the book’s range of nursing advice, stories, and information—from preparing for breastfeeding during pregnancy to feeding cues, from nursing positions to expressing and storing breast milk. With all-new photos and illustrations, this ultimate support bible offers professional and real-life wisdom and guidance on breastfeeding.
Your Best Pregnancy: the Ultimate Guide to Easing the
Aches, Pains, and Uncomfortable Side Effects During Each Stage of Your
Pregnancy. Jill Hoefs & Denise Jagroo, $23.95
Written by two physical therapists with over twenty years
of combined experience helping women ease sore feet, aching backs, incessant
peeing, and many other uncomfortable conditions, Your Best Pregnancy provides simple solutions and easy exercises to help women feel their best from
head to toe. Through detailed photographs, illustrations, and down-to-earth
advice that is both medically substantiated as well as easy to understand, you
will learn how to:
- Treat the most uncomfortable symptoms during pregnancy, such as
back and shoulder pain, bladder issues, night cramps, sciatica, swelling, and
- Maintain a healthy pregnancy, even while on bed rest.
- Correctly strengthen the pelvic floor and core to prevent
- Nurse, lift, and care for a baby (or babies) using proper body
mechanics to avoid strain and injury.
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