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Moore, Sheila and Frost, Roon:
The Little Boy Book
- A Guide to the First Eight Years
Interesting writing about the developmental, mental and constitutional differences between boys and girls. By its help, we can get closer to understanding our son and fulfilling his gender-specific needs, as well as making the best out of his special masculine characteristics. It's especially useful for women, who might come to a better understanding of their husbands as well!
It's a little old, but useful writing on waterbirth. It is based on the author's observations of Russian waterbirths (and babyswimming). Although I don't recommend the "russian method" of babyswmming instruction (read more about this here), the book gives quite thorough information on both the medical and technical aspects and advantages of waterbirth.
A Woman's Herbal
One of the best herb books I have found on the female reproductive system. It's also quite knowledgeable about the spirituality of women's cycles and their female being in general. Some parts are a little too "New Agey" for my taste, but the info in it is good.
The Nurturing Touch At Birth
A Labor Support Handbook
This book could be interesting for labor support professionals. One does not get as much enlightment about massage and other labor supoort techniques as one would expect from the title, but it contains some very well-written thoughts about the challenges that today's birth professionals face by trying to facilitate the incursion of holistic midwifery into doctor- and disease-centered birth. Perez, Paulina & Suedeker, Cheryl:
I recommend this book particularly to labor support professionals (midwives, monitrices, doulas). It is about the challenges, the beauty and pains of this profession, giving useful ideas about how to communicate diplomatically with the medical community in hospitals.
Santillo M.D., Humbart:
Natural Healing With Herbs
The book contains general information and the description of the most frequently used herbs, sorted both by herb and by illness, so it's quite useful. The amount of herbs described is limited, though, so it's not exactly encyclopedic.
Shannon, Marilyn M.:
Fertility, Cycles & Nutrition
How your diet affects your menstrual cycles & fertility
The Birth Partner
Everything You Need to Know to Help a Woman Through Childbirth
I recommend this book mainly for beginner birth-patners (doulas, fathers/relatives/friends), but it's also useful as a summary for "professionals". It describes the bodily and mental processes in the mother during labor and birth quite thoroughly and it also gives direct advice on how to help the mother through the different stages. It lists the main interventions that can be practiced in the hospital either routinely or only in case of complications, along with the types of pain medication and their side effects. It gives suggestions as to when and how these can or cannot be substituted by alterative ways. Although it tends to slightly "overmanage" birth for my taste, I still find it quite progressive in its approach, since it always looks for the most natural solution for mother and baby.
Aromatherapy Blends and Remedies
Over 800 Recipes for Everyday Use
Since I haven't been dealing with aromatherapy for very long, my collecion of books on this topic is not big. Anyway, I liked this one. It contains a good introduction about the use of essences and the vegetable oils used for dilution, about massage and other topics that are especially useful for beginners. This is followed by the thorough description of the most frequently used 60 essences (Materia medica) and finally, by many recipes for different ailments (Repertorium) and general conditions (e.g. soothing or invigorating blends). It was quite a surprise for me when I realized how strong the effects of aromatherapy can be (I used to think all of it was just for "creating moods"). Since my first positive experiences I know that it's something worth experimenting with. The author has long years of therapeutic experience, the book is up to the professional level, but also suitable for the "first jump" into the topic.
Weed, Susun S.:
Wise Woman Herbal For The Childbearing Year
This is a very good little "herb book" for the time of conception, pregnancy and birth. It's detailed, thorough, clear and easy to follow. The best book I've read so far from the herb literature on birth.
Werner, David &Thuman, Carol & Maxwell, Jane:
Where There Is No Doctor
This book is not only about birth. It's rather a general health preserving, diagnostic and problem-solving book, a kind of "survival tool". Its simple language and lots of lively, cartoon-like pictures make it easy to understand for uneducated people, yet it's very informative. I especially like that the methods of traditional folk medicine and those of modern medicine are at peace with each other.
Weschler, Toni, MPH:
Taking Charge of Your Fertility
This is the professional literature of natural family planning. It describes the signs of fertility and infertility within the female cycle very thoroughly, from temperature charting to cervical mucous, as well as the methods of self-examination. It helps get in tune with our body. According to the opinion of many, it is a basic book on this topic.
White M.D., Gregory J.:
- A Manual
This book was originally written for policemen, ambulance staff and such "emergency" professionals. Due to this fact, it focuses on giving help at birth in unexpected situations and at unplanned homebirths. It has a slight "panicky" style, yet very good, because it describes the what-to-dos of handling complications in a short and quickly searchable style and it also gives basic information on infant resusication.
In German language Goebel, Wolfgang, Glöckner, Michaela:
All I've heard about this book so far was praise. Since I purcahsed my own exemplar, I've joined the praising choir. Imagine a book that's encyclopedic like good ole' Dr. Spock's "all in one" baby book, but all that from a naturopathic, enlightened perspective that doesn't neglect the spiritual side of the coin either (mainly anthroposophical ideas). It's an openminded, up-to-date, well-organized book. It also contains addresses of naturopathic and other "bio" resources. In case you have a friend with a newborn and you don't know what gift to bring, this is a good idea, but count with the double price, because you need one for yourself, too! It's not a book to borrow, rather one that stands on the shelf ready to be turned over whenever needed. Super!
van Leeuwen, Christa, Maris, Bartholomeus:
This book is written from a more general perspective, it focuses also on hospital or ambulant births, but it handles the idea of homebirth quite openly. The new thing in the book is that it emphasizes the spiritual aspects of pregnancy in quite great detail, which is not characteristic for most birth books of this kind. I would rather describe it as a very enlightened "traditional" pregnancy guide. I recommend it as the beginning literature for first-time parents in German-speaking areas.
This is the best book on birth I've found on the German book market so far. The author writes about the different stages of pregnancy and birth, postpartum period and breastfeeding in a peaceful, nice "midwife-like" manner, adding some basic advice on nutrition and the like. I've written into my exemplar at some places, because important information or argumentation was missing, but it does not lessen the book's worth too much. It is genial in three fields: herbs, homeopathy and aromatherapy, listing methods for handling all kinds of normal and abnormal occurings during pregnancy and birth. I've tried some of the aromatherapeutic mixes and they are really wonderful!
Gesundheit aus der Apotheke Gottes.
Ratschläge und Erfahrungen mit Heilkräutern
This is one of the best herb books known to me. Although not all possible plants are described, the description of the ones that are, is thorough, useful and practical. It also contains general information on the handling of herbs, on how to make teas, tinctures and other homemade herbal products. The author is a wise, nature-loving woman, strong in her faith, whose values radiate even through practical information.
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