How a Human Animal Births

Kate Evans has written incredible books! Check her out here.

This is a preview from her new birth book, “Bump: How to Make, Grow, and Birth a Baby.”

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Skinny Bitch, Bun in the Oven

I love these girls!!!

Skinny Bitch created a movement when it exposed the horrors of the food industry, while inspiring people across the world to stop eating “crap.” Now the “Bitches” are back—this time with a book geared to pregnant women. And just because their audience is in a “delicate condition” doesn’t mean they’ll deliver a gentle message. As they did with Skinny Bitch, Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin expose the truth about the food we eat—with its hormones, chemicals, and other funky stuff. But even though they are “Skinny,” they want women to chow down on the right foods and gain their fair share of weight through their pregnancies.

This book changed my view about breastfeeding, and led me to look at ways to help moms find human breastmilk for their human babies in situations they are not able to provide it themselves.





To Read:

Eventually, I will be done with all my required reading and already have a list a mile long of books to read:

The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth helps you compare and contrast your various options and shows you how to avoid unnecessary procedures, drugs, restrictions, and tests.

Each time she knelt to “catch” another wriggling baby — nearly three thousand times during her remarkable career — California midwife Peggy Vincent paid homage to the moment when pain bows to joy and the world makes way for one more. With every birth, she encounters another woman-turned-goddess.
More than a collection of birth stories, Baby Catcher is a provocative account of the difficulties that midwives face in the United States. With vivid portraits of courage, perseverance, and love, this is an impassioned call to rethink technological hospital births in favor of more individualized and profound experiences in which mothers and fathers take center stage in the timeless drama of birth.

Dr. Weissbluth presents his approach to solving—and preventing—your children’s sleep problems with his step-by-step regime for instituting beneficial habits.

Far too many expectant mothers find themselves unprepared when labor begins and natural techniques don’t effectively manage the pain. This indispensable guide provides reassuring, proven approaches to combining medical and natural techniques to ensure the most comfortable pain-free labor possible.

Here are modern letters written in an old-fashioned way, not as hasty e-mails but more slowly and filtered through the sensibility of a spirited, fearless poet. Though written for a specific person, their themes are universal, inviting all mothers to join the grand circle of giving and receiving advice about children.

Creating Your Birth Plan helps expectant mothers make informed decisions about the assistance they’ll require for childbirth. Designed to encourage collaboration between pregnant women and their caregivers.

In an “active birth,” a mother moves about freely, finds comfortable positions for labor and delivery, and seldom needs drugs or obstetrical interventions. In Active Birth, Janet Balaskas teaches mothers to develop all of their bodily resources for giving birth, to follow their own instincts, and to take full control of the childbirth experience.

Here is a holistic approach to childbirth that examines this profound rite-of-passage not as a medical event but as an act of self-discovery. Exercises and activities such as journal writing, meditation, and painting will help mothers analyze their thoughts and face their fears during pregnancy. For use during birth, the book offers proven techniques for coping with labor pain without drugs, a discussion of the doctor or midwife’s role, and a look at the father’s responsibilities.


Books Recommended by:

Breastfeeding Made Simple

This book is changing my life. I highly recommend all expecting mothers read this book.

Sometimes, breastfeeding can be more challenging than you imagined–and anything but simple. If this describes you, help is on the way. In our book, Breastfeeding Made Simple, we describe the Seven Natural Laws of Breastfeeding. These are laws you can use to get breastfeeding off to a good start and avoid common challenges.  If you are having difficulties, these laws can help you get back on track. We’ve also provided some additional resources on this site to help you have an enjoyable breastfeeding experience.

Check out their website for great videos and tons of additional information!

Unassisted Birth


Someday women will not give birth in hospitals because they will realize that childbirth is not a disease. They will not pay physicians thousands of dollars to probe them and cut them and tell them what to do. They will not submit themselves to IVs, fetal monitors, vaginal examinations, or Cesarean sections. Nor will they take the hospitals into their homes, bringing there the well-meaning substitute doctors – the midwives – with their sterilized instruments, rubber gloves, and breathing techniques. For, none of this will be necessary.

Instead, like their animal sisters, women will someday deliver their own babies peacefully and painlessly at home. Women will understand that birth is only dangerous and painful for those who believe it is.

What do you think? Visit Laura Shanley’s web site here

What to feed Baby Mama

Iris will be staying with me for a few weeks and I am sooooo excited. What a great time for us to bond and discuss Lily’s Birth Plan!!!

BUT, what the heck do I feed a pregnant chick???

I eat mostly vegtables, with occasional cheese and rarely any meat. I use Fat Flush Foods as a food bible and eat those foods most often.

But Iris is making a baby, not flushing fat. I looked through the Diet and Nutrition books at Barnes and Noble and choose The 100 Healthiest Foods to Eat During Prenancy by Bowden and Tannis.

Eat the best foods for your baby’s development!

 Nutrition is never more critical than during pregnancy. What you choose to put on your plate affects you and your baby’s health not just in utero but for years to come. However, many nutritional guidelines for pregnancy are complex, confusing, and offer an uninspiring list of things to eat for the next nine months.

Backed up by the latest nutritional research, this guide debunks pregnancy food myths and uncovers a number of surprising food choices that are superfoods for expectant mothers.

This one-of-a-kind nutrition reference guide is also packed with helpful quick-reference charts and sidebars, highlighting healthy (but no less delicious!) substitutes for commonly craved foods like ice cream and potato chips. You’ll also discover the most up-to-date research regarding pregnancy dilemmas, such as how to get more omega-3s from fish in your diet while avoiding mercury. It’s pregnancy nutrition made easy!

Instead of a bunch of receipies, this book lists foods to include (and exclude) for a prego mama. So Iris and I can use the list to make food combinations that we like!!

The Doula Book

For an entire generation of new parents, this warm, expert work has become the standard guide to the shortest, easiest, and healthiest childbirth. Now a thoroughly updated and revised edition offers new research showing how labor support reduces the rate of cesarean sections, length of labor, need for pain medicine, and number of episiotomies. New material also demonstrates the positive effects of having a doula on mother-infant bonding, how relatives or friends can be trained in labor support, and how hypnosis is used to ease and shorten labor. No expectant parent will want to be without this empowering and irreplaceable book.

More and more parents-to-be all over the world are choosing the comfort and reassuring support of birth with a trained labor companion called a “doula.” This warm, authoritative, and irreplaceable guide completely updates the authors’ earlier book, Mothering the Mother, and adds much new and important research. In addition to basic advice on finding and working with a doula, the authors show how a doula reduces the need for cesarean section, shortens the length of labor, decreases the pain medication required, and enhances bonding and breast feeding. The authors, world-renowned authorities on childbirth with combined experience of over 100 years working with laboring women, have made their book indispensable to every woman who wants the healthiest, safest, and most joyful possible birth experience.

First Required Reading List

My friend Iris asked me to be her Doula/Birth Coach!! I am soooo excited!!

Doing my research, I came up on DONA, DONA is the self proclaimed “oldest, largest and most respected doula association in the world”.

Let’s get this party started:

The following two books:

• Klaus, Kennell & Klaus, The Doula Book, 2nd edition, 2002

• Simkin, The Birth Partner: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions, 3rd edition, 2008

At least one of the following:

• Kitzinger, The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth, 4th edition, 2004

• Simkin, Whalley & Keppler, Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn: the Complete Guide, revised, 2001

• Douglas, The Mother of All Pregnancy Books: the Ultimate Guide to Conception, Birth and Everything in Between, 2002

• Whalley, Simkin & Keppler, The Simple Guide to Having a Baby, 2005

At least one of the following:

• Harper, Gentle Birth Choices: A Guide to Making Informed Decisions about Birthing Centers, Birth Attendants, Water Birth, Home Birth, Hospital Birth, revised 2005

• Gaskin, Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth, 2004

• Peterson, An Easier Childbirth: A Mother’s Guide for Birthing Normally, 1993

• Goer, The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth, 1999

At least one of the following:

• Mohrbacher, Stock & Newton, The Breastfeeding Answer Book, 3rd edition

• Mohrbacher & Kendall-Tackett, Breastfeeding Made Simple, 2005

• Newman & Pitman, The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers, 2000

• Newman & Pitman, Dr. Jack Newman’s Guide to Breastfeeding, 2000

• Huggins & Lawrence, The Nursing Mother’s Companion, 5th edition, 2005