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birth options books education maternity leave preparation Feb 03, 2022

On Maternity Leave

As I await baby's arrival, I wanted to share some of the books I've loved as I prepare for birth & postpartum:

  • “The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach us about Living Fully”- Frank Ostaseki (I know it might seem morbid to read a book about death when preparing for birth, but birth also involves a transformation/ rebirth for the mother & I found so many soothing parallels in this book)
  • Loving What Is” -Byron Katie
  • “A Ceremony Called Life” -Teya Sky
  • “Childbirth Wisdom” -Judith Goldsmith
  • “Go Diaper Free” -Andrea Olson
  • “The Fourth Trimester” -Kimberly Ann Johnson
  • “Real Food for Mother & Baby” -Nina Planck
  • “The First Forty Days” -Heng Ou
  • “Build Your Nest” -Kestrel Gates
  • “Glowing & Growing Workbook” -Katie Atkinson
  • “Back Labor No More” -Janie McKoy King

As a birth worker, I’ve had a jump start on learning about my birth options, so you won’t see many titles here about birth, but I have gobbled up the podcasts & meditation course from @freebirthsociety.

I’d love to hear which books you’ve loved!

Wishing you and your family balance & wellness.

Sparrow & The Sparrow's Nest Team

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