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Recommended Resources

Jai Ram Kaur Hergo - Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Images and ideas abound that tend to suggest to us that we birth is something to be afraid of. The yogic understanding is that birth is something to be in awe of, yes, but certainly not afraid of.

We can leave things as they are and then what we get is default, so all the images and stories you´ve been exposed to over the years in relation to birth will be the ones that inform your beliefs about it. If you´re interested in questioning or looking at these afresh, there is a wealth of very intelligent and wise information available to you, as well as very touching and heart-warming accounts that are so good to be exposed to.

I have compiled a list of what I consider to be very valuable resources for you in this endeavour to make up your own mind about things and be open to finding out the truth for yourself.

Becoming a member of Community Midwifery Centre´s library (www.cmwa.net.au) will give you access to most of the resources listed below. They also offer free workshops and information evenings as well as continuity of care for women throughout the whole process of pregnancy, birth and post-natal, and are a very important presence in Perth for supporting women in making informed choices.

 

Books:

 

Kundalini Yoga Conscious Pregnancy books:

 

Bountiful, Beautiful, Blissful by Gurmukh.

Inspiring and touching read about pregnancy and birth with some meditations and yoga exercises in it. Based on pregnancy teachings of Kundalini Yoga. Very approachable and warm.

Available through spirit voyage (www.spiritvoyage.com)

 

 

Conscious Pregnancy - The Gift of Giving Life by Tarn Taran Kaur

Ancient yogic knowledge and practical lifestyle tips from Kundalini Yoga teachings surrounding pregnancy and birth. Great if you are very open to the more spiritual aspects of these teachings, want to delve more into the philosophy and lifestyle aspect and apply some of it in your own life. Especially helpful for time after birth.

 

Conscious Pregnancy Yoga Manual by Tarn Taran Kaur

Contains pregnancy yoga sets and meditations – helpful if you want to do this at home. Great if you are very open to the more spiritual aspects of these teachings, want to delve more into the philosophy and lifestyle aspect and apply some of it in your own life.

 

Generally recommended books about pregnancy, birth and beyond:

 

Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May Gaskin

A classic book based on the life of a community in the 60s and 70s called The Farm, where they developed very strong skills in midwifery and birthing.  Challenges modern medical views on childbirth and can induce strong faith in the birthing process. Inspirational. Can alter the way you think about birth.

(Through Amazon.com)

 

 

Ina May Gaskin´s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin

Ina May´s highly practical, extremely experienced and matter-of-fact myth-busting voice makes for very strengthening, helpful reading.

 

Hypnobirthing – The Mongan Method by Marie F. Mongan

Very practical and helpful book on the hypnobirthing method for an easier, empowered birth.

 

 

Entering the World – the De-medicalisation of Childbirth by Michel Odent

Interesting book by a French obstetrician who was part of a 70s movement to revolutionise the way babies were born in French hospitals to make their entry more humane and loving (also for the mother). Enlightening read which focuses on the baby´s experience and the history of the relationship between the medical world and birth. Gives an interesting perspective.

 

Anything else by Michel Odent

 

Eg. Childbirth Without Fear: The Principles and Practice of Natural Childbirth

The Oxytocin Factor

And others (search his name on Fishpond or Amazon)

 

Rediscovering Birth, Sheila Kitzinger. I haven´t read this one, but she is another extremely experienced and respected midwife.

 

Birth Without Violence, 1975. Frederick Leboyer. Another important French obstetrician who advocated strongly for the importance of a gentle environment to receive the baby at birth

 

After the Baby´s Birth – A Complete Guide for Post-Partum Women, Robin Lim

A very nurturing, compassionate and helpful book which includes some Ayurvedic nutritional info and recipes.

 

 

DVDs

 

The Business of Being Born, produced and presented by Ricki Lake. Highly recommended for an enlightening look at the hospital system’s rules and regulations and the implications for women. (available at Community Midwifery Centre library for loan)

 

Prenatal Kundalini Yoga and Meditation for Mothers to Be, from Gurmukh

If you resonate with Kundalini Yoga you´ll like this

 

Other DVDs are available showing positive, empowering birth processes. Available at CMWA library also.

 

 

You Tube videos

..abound, showing positive birth experiences. The more real and positive images and ideas you take in… to support you in your trust in yourself, your baby and in birth.. the better!

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