At the beginning of November, I took out two books on Pregnancy/Birth from the library.

The first book was The Girlfriend’s Guide to Pregnancy by Vicki Iovine. She is very honest and upfront about this not being a medical book, but a book about all the stuff the doctors won’t tell you or that you might be nervous to bring up to them (so true!). I really enjoyed Iovine’s straight-forward style. It made it feel like she really was a Girlfriend just telling me about what was going on. I laughed a lot while reading this book, not only at the stories she told, but also at her humorous language. Although I sometimes disagreed with what Iovine was saying, I never felt like this book was preaching “one true way” of doing anything. Overall a very enjoyable and informative read.

The second book was Birthing From Within by Pam England and Rob Horowitz. The Birthing From Within classes were recommended to me by both my doula and by a coworker, so I was really excited to read this book. It’s a book by a birthing coach/midwife/birth teacher. It’s very hippy and touchy-feely, which worked well for me as I’m very hippy with liberal ideas. It did go a little too far for me with the whole “how to do birth art” chapter, so I skipped over that part. The rest of it confirmed with fact and stories many of the thoughts that I’d already had, such as it’s easier to give birth upright and that drugs were introduced to make it easier for the doctors. Reading it made me more confident in my own choices, helped me to rearrange some of my own thinking about my pregnancy and birth, and also gave me some information about natural birth that I didn’t know before.

Overall I really enjoyed both books for different reasons. I’ve already purchased a copy of The Girlfriend’s Guide and I plan on buying a copy of Birthing From Within soon, because I want Darius to read some of it.