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Lockdown – An American Girl’s Guide to Chinese Postpartum Recovery by Guang Ming Whitley

  Read this book if: you wanted to read about other traditions in 40 days after birth, specifically Zuo Yuezi, a Chinese tradition. If you like the summary, support the author by purchasing it here. Chapter 1 – Overview & Introduction For over 2000 years, Chinese women have followed a tradition…

ICEA Study Guide 6 – The Labor Process

 OBJECTIVES At the completion of Part 6 the learner will: ■ depict pregnancy and birth as a normal, healthy, continuous process in which the body should be trusted ■ outline four sequential stages of labor ■ describe three measures of physiologic progress in birth ■ share common emotional and physical changes associated with each…

How to Raise an Amazing Child – The Montessori Way by Tim Seldin

Read this book if: you want to learn more about Montessori or if you want some ideas of how to interact with baby, toddler or preschooler.  You’ll find topics such as: sensory stimulation/movement, dressing skills, bathroom skills, housework, garden, nature, games, creating peace, language, music, reading, writing…

ICEA Study Guide 5 – Reproduction and Healthy Lifestyles

  OBJECTIVES At completion of Part 5 the learner will: ■ outline male and female reproductive cycles with appropriate hormonal changes. ■ list the stages of embryo development. ■ list common changes in sexual activity experienced during the childbearing year. ■ recognize pregnancy as a life-changing event that prompts adults to make healthy…

The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for your Child by Robert W. Sears

Read this book if: you want to learn more about vaccines.  (You’ll have to make a decision at the hospital when they give the Hep B vaccine at birth).  Remember you have the right to delay and put baby on an alternative schedule or to deny (depending on…

ICEA Study Guide 4 – Curriculum Development

  OBJECTIVES At the completion of Part 4 the learner will: ■ discuss how curriculum should reflect the goals of a client and her family with each trimester. ■ list three phases of a partner’s adaptation to pregnancy and birth that should influence curriculum. ■ list five considerations helpful in designing a…

Childbirth Professionals to Know

In no particular order: Grantly Dick-Read (1/26/1980- 6/11/1959)– British OB and early advocate of natural childbirth.  Author of Childbirth Without Fear, first published in 1942 and an international bestseller. Ina May Gaskin – “mother of authentic midwifery” and founder of the Farm Midwifery Center…

Beyond the Blues – Understanding and Treating Prenatal and Postpartum Depression & Anxiety by Shoshana Bennett

Read this book if:  you want to learn more about prenatal and postpartum depression & anxiety.  It’s important to be educated (as pregnant women, partners, and those who care for pregnant women) as 20% of women or 70,000 affected each year. If you like the summary, purchase…

Birth Affirmations

Positive Affirmations for Birth – Indigo Midwifery https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSXc-a_AH2k Repeat the affirmation to yourself, either out loud or in your head. The more you practice, the more you will get out of it! Now, find a comfortable position, take some deep breathes and… Relax…

Checklist of Comfort Measures for Labor – DONA

This checklist is from DONA International.  When meeting with your doula prior to birth, check off all the things that you think might help you during labor…