7 ways to learn more about natural childbirth
Birthing: Again, this magazine is not free, but it is another great resource. It is full of birth stories. They also have many articles on their website, listed under birth.
Every Little Thing! Birth and Beyond 360: This magazine is free and a great resource. There are always birth stories and pregnancy/birth advice.
2. Find the books written by the old masters.
Books I recommend are "Ina May's Guide to Natural Childbirth" by Ina May Gaskin, "Birthing Within" by Pam England and "Childbirth Without Fear" by Grantly Dick-Read and Ina May Gaskin.
3. Join groups or clubs/associations.
I suggest starting here:
La Leche League: A great international group where you can talk to other moms.
Just Mommies: This is a online forum and they also have birth stories and articles.
My Best Birth: This site includes forums, blogs and videos. They have created two great documentaries, “The Business of Being Born” and “More Business of Being Born.”
4. Take natural childbirth classes.
There are a variety of natural childbirth classes available and some are even available online or as a video series.
Happy Healthy Child (video series): "Learn from top OB/GYNs, midwives, pediatricians, scientists, childbirth educators, doulas and lactation specialists; eliminate underlying fears and anxieties; avoid unnecessary and unwanted interventions; feel confident and ready."
The Bradley Method: Focuses on husbands as coaches.
Hypnobirthing: By practicing a few key techniques, mothers program their minds and condition their bodies to birth easily. When it comes to programming and conditioning, variety is not necessarily a good thing. Repetition is what gets the best result.
Hypnobabies: Using hypnosis in pregnancy and childbirth. They also have an online community.
Giving Birth Naturally: "To provide online childbirth classes that actively teach the skills and techniques needed to ensure a comfortable, safe birth experience and smooth recovery, without the hassle or expense of traditional childbirth classes."
5. Talk to experts in the natural childbirth field.
Almost every person has a different approach to childbirth. A great way to learn more about childbirth is by interviewing experts, those who deliver babies and attend births. It is up to you to choose your healthcare provider, so take your time and interview many. As you receive many perspectives, you will should also feel a connection between one or more.
Browsing the Internet, you may see many advertisements for different types of childbirth education. Answer the ads. Call them or write with your questions. This can be another free way to gather information about their services and teachings.
The library is a great free resource. You can browse books and the Internet all day long. What I used to do was order 10 library books at a time and have them delivered to my local branch. At home, I would browse through them at my leisure and learn so much about all the different styles of birth, different ways to prepare for birth, spiritual births, the way other cultures view birth and much more.