As a Doula, one of the things I would like to do is help educate people about choices, options and their rights. And we live in a world of information. You don’t have to look far to find a blog, a website, and some really good videos too, but sometimes picking up a decent book can be just as good or a better source of information.
So here are a few recommendations:
Video – Netflix – Business of Being Born- A documentary by Ricki Lake – I think Everyone should watch this movie, not just expectant parents. It is filmed in the US, but still much of it applies to Canada too.
You Tube Video – 90 seconds to change the world: Alan Greene at TEDxBrussels – This is a great 15min clip about the benefits of Optimal Cord Clamping, something I myself hadn’t even heard about till I was pregnant with my third, and something I’ll tell all my clients about.
Books: I could go on and on about books, but here are few favs:
Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth – Ina May Gaskin – Truly any book by this women is worth reading.
B.A.N.I – Birthing as Nature Intended – Teresa Van-Zeller
The Birth Partner – Penny Simkin – Again another great advocate in the Birth world.
Pregnancy, Childbirth & the Newborn – Simkin, Whalley, Kepler – A good all round pregnancy and birth book.
Birthing from Within Pam England, Rob Horowitz
The list could be pages and pages long, I still have a stack of books on my shelf I’d like to read, but just cant read fast enough….. It might have something to do with all the extra kids in my house….no??? ; ) Regardless of where you decide to get your research, Knowledge is Power. And if you know what your options are then you can make informed decisions.