Some non-vanilla book recommendations for the mum-to-be. X
Just a few from the top of my head, as I get asked a lot.
The Continuum Concept by Jean Liedloff.
On the front of this book it says “If the world could be saved by one book, it could be this book.” John Holt. I agree. This is the book I recommend to everyone. The lessons in this book are what I referred back to every time someone’s practical advice would come scaringly close to clouding my intuition. It’s brilliant, ancient, world changing.
The First 40 days-- The Essential Art of Nourishing The New Mother. By Heng Ou.
I thought I had pretty strong boundaries when Sol was born. ‘5 days in the bed, 5 days on the bed, 5 days by the bed’ my midwife said. But, I still tried (tried) to go to Pilates 3 weeks postpartum. It was wayyy too early. With Sol being the first, I also had visitors everyday for the first week, starting 12 hours after she was born. Some felt good, some felt a bit much. With the birth of my next baby, I’ve already said that my family will visit first, and my husband family will visit after the first 40 days. Because me, the new mother-- I am the most important person to this newborn and I need to feel nourished. Lots more to say on this but the bottom line is-- READ THIS BOOK! You don’t need to have visitors before you’re ready while you’re still unable to hold your gas in. You don’t need to get up and leave the house if you don’t want to. Call in your village. Have meals cooked for you (specific recipes in this book). This one, it’s a game changer.
Ina May Gaskin-- Have a look at her books and choose which feels most appropriate.
She is like the grandmother of birth. Her wisdom is timeless and something that should be in the hands of all expecting Mums.
Do Mothers Dream of Electric Babies? Guiliana Mieli
I’m reading this one now and would be highlighting the shit out of it, if I wasn’t borrowing it from my chiro. It is SO.DAM.BEAUTIFUL. It essentially addresses how we are taught to think babies must act like robots, and how society has many mums expecting the convenience of that, rather than the wild, individuals they are. I was fist bumping the whole way through.
How to have well adjusted babies -- By Dr Jen Floreani.
It’s like a holistic wellness bible for babies. It’s thorough, grounded, and also perhaps a bit controversial depending on how you swing (I don’t find it controversial at all. I find it brilliant). Jen is a chiropractor who gives SO much to the world of healthy children and mums. It’s a big book, so read chunks at a time and keep it on hand for anything that might pop up.
ALSO: Birthing from Within-- By Pam England (I haven’t read, but my friend Laura said it moved her). XX
And some more….. These ones on parenting:
Mothering from your centre- By Tami Lynn Kent
Hold onto your kids- By Gabor Mate
The Montessori Toddler- By Simone Davies
The Conscious Parent- By Dr Shefali Tsabary
The Tao for Parents- By William C Martin
Love Matters. How affection shapes a baby’s brain- By Sue Gerhardt
The Peggy O’Mara Newsletter
“Don’t stand unmoving outside the door of a crying baby whose only desire is to touch you. Go to your baby. Go to your baby a million times.” Peggy O’Mara
Follow amazing women on Insta like @tribemidwifery and @iamangelagallo There are SO many more… follow the insta yellow brick road. XXX