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The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by Diane Wiessinger, Diana West and Teresa Pitman (8th edition)

Read this book if: want to learn more about breastfeeding from the creators or La Leche League (check out their website for local chapters in your community) If you like the summary, support the authors by purchasing a copy here:   Editions since 1958; before that passed on by mothers…

Wonder Weeks by Frans X. Plooji

Read this book if: you want to learn more about baby’s developmental stages in the first 1-2 years. I found the sections with activities for each stage helpful as well as the accompanying app, which sent me a notification every time we were entering a new stage…

Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn by Penny Simkin and April Bolding

Read this book if: you want a complete overview of pregnancy, childbirth and the newborn.  This is the main book used for studying to be a childbirth educator.  It is comprehensive.  Please read instead of “What to Expect”.  Another great option is Ina May’s Guide to…

ICEA Study Guide 10 – Postpartum and Newborn Care

  OBJECTIVES At the completion of Part 10 the learner will: ■ list newborn communication skills and sleep/wake patterns. ■ demonstrate the newborn care basic of bathing a newborn. ■ list newborn warning signs that would prompt contacting a care provider. ■ summarize physical maternal postpartum changes. ■ list maternal warning signs that would…

Birth Without Violence by Frederick Leboyer

Read this book if:  you would like to learn more about influencing the environment in which your child first enters this world (dim lights, light sound, interventions like erythromycin in the eyes delayed or denied).   If you like the summary, support the author by purchasing a copy on Amazon. The…

ICEA Study Guide 9 – Complications, Interventions & Unexpected Outcomes

OBJECTIVES At the completion of Part 9 the learner will: define common diagnostic tests used during pregnancy. list several complications of pregnancy. list possible complications of labor and the interventions, in their community and country of 
practice that may result. list possible fears experienced during the childbearing year. list benefits…

The Belly Mapping Workbook by Gail Tully

Read this book if: you are interested in learning about baby’s position inside of you and tips for spinning baby if baby is not in optimal position for birth.  See her website for lots of great info – SpinningBabies.com Bellymapping is a 3 step process for identifying…

ICEA Study Guide 8 – Transition and Birth

OBJECTIVES At the completion of Part 8 the learner will: ■ describe the physical and emotional changes of the final phase of first stage – transition. ■ describe the physical changes marking the onset of second stage. ■ suggest positions for comfort in second stage labor. ■ compare and contrast directed and spontaneous pushing…

No Cry Sleep Solution by Elizabeth Pantley

Read this book BEFORE: you need to.  When you’ve been lacking sleep, it will be hard to read anything, let alone get through a book about infant sleep. She gathered a group of 60 mamas as test mamas.   Part 1 – 10 Steps to Helping Your Baby…

ICEA Study Guide 7 – Coping Skills for Labor

  OBJECTIVES At the conclusion of Part 7 the learner will: List the three R’s of labor as defined by Penny Simkin. Compare and contrast three support people for labor and birth. List the benefits of relaxation as a life skill and in particular for labor and birth. Teach…