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Books for Husbands?

Postby Gonzo1 » Mon Jul 08, 2013 12:09 pm

Are there any books my DH can read on being a good birthing partner during natural labor? He's worried that he will be totally "useless" during labor (I've told him that's not possible but since he can't actually push for me he won't be satisfied lol) so I thought maybe there was a book on how to be a good labor partner, etc.

We watched The Business of Being Born and he is completely on the bandwagon with my natural, midwife-assisted birth. Here in Alabama it is illegal to have a CNM attend a home birth so we will be in a hospital and unfortunately a CNM has to be "overseen" by an OB so I am a little concerned that I could get some pressure by this guy to have interventions if it takes too long, etc. A good book would not only tell him some relaxation and support techniques but also how to be my advocate for natural birth so that I can focus on getting the job done...any ideas?
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Re: Books for Husbands?

Postby Andrea19 » Tue Jul 09, 2013 6:04 pm

I recommend any book about the Bradley method of childbirth - aka "husband-coached childbirth". It focuses on natural birth and the role of the husband/partner as a coach through labor. I have this book and it's great:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/045227659 ... X112_SY192
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Re: Books for Husbands?

Postby Gonzo1 » Wed Jul 10, 2013 10:14 am

Thanks! I picked up that book. We ended up also ordering Your Pregnancy Week by Week for Husbands and a Penny Simkin book on being a good birthing partner (whether you're a hubs, doula, family member, partner, etc). Hopefully that will get him prepared.

Honestly taking care of me while I'm all pukey is good practice. Trying to find the silver lining in this m/s....
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Re: Books for Husbands?

Postby Andrea19 » Wed Jul 10, 2013 3:10 pm

I think it is good practice! My DH had to do the same thing during my m/s. He definitely learned a lot about how to help me relax and how to comfort me when I was miserable and upset.
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Re: Books for Husbands?

Postby Robbie88 » Thu Jul 11, 2013 8:20 am

i picked up the expectant father for my hubby last night at the library.. written well so he does not feel like its a chore and i actually caught him reading it without me bugging him this morning! (he is not a reader so this made me soo happy)
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Re: Books for Husbands?

Postby Gonzo1 » Thu Jul 11, 2013 8:25 am

I'll take a look at that one, too! Thanks!
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Re: Books for Husbands?

Postby specialkel » Sun Jul 14, 2013 1:05 pm

I ditto Andrea's suggestion. Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way is the #1 book I would suggest to any DH/"birth coach" if you're planning on going natural. DH read it twice and agrees.
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