Books offer a wealth of knowledge about what is normal and what to truly expect during pregnancy, childbirth, and the first few weeks of caring for a newborn. Some books are practical and offer straight up advice, while others help explore the journey to parenthood as a means of self-discovery. Every parent takes a different path as they anticipate and prepare for their new arrival, but no matter your style, the following books are terrific resources to get you started on the adventure ahead.
Birthing From Within by Pam England and Rob Horowitz
Birthing From Within takes a holistic approach to childbirth as a rite of passage. The book guides women and partners through the childbirth journey as an act of self-discovery. It is filled with activities and exercises geared toward self-reflection that act as a catalyst to prepare a woman to be fully present for child birth. (Partera Press, $20)