Knowledge is power!

I love reading and finding new information and most importantly passing it on to pregnant and new parents.

Being knowledgeable opens your mind, it means less stress and anxieties especially when it comes to birth and knowing more about how your child develops is also important as it gives you tools to help them whilst they are going through their milestone developments.

Here are my most beloved readings, there are of course many references to birth and parenting but also about mindfulness, books for dads and much more as I truly believe we need a holistic approach to the way we live. I loved reading these books as they are written with passion, love, a great amount of knowledge and evidence based research. I hope you’ll love them as much as I did!

 

Books for birth/postnatal support and dads

    • AIMS (Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services) booklets are a must read when you are pregnant, it’s a wonderful charity and they've been at the forefront of the childbirth movement for the last fifty years. They provide independent support and information about maternity choices and raising awareness of current research on  childbirth and related issues: helpline: 03000 365 0663. The two most important books I would strongly recommend to read are "Inducing labour, making informed decisions" and "Am I allowed". You'll find a plethora of other great books on the link above. The one about Gestational Diabetes is also a must read if you've been diagnosed with GB. 

    • "The Second Baby survival Guide" Naia Edwards. A great book to help you navigate the arrival of the second baby. 

    • "The Secret life of Babies"  Mia Kalef. A fascinating book in which Mia Kalef explains how our pre birth and Birth experiences shape our world. 

    • "Ina May's Guide to Childbirth" Ina May Gaskin. This book should be read by every woman who is having a baby or may have a baby one day!

    • "The Positive Birth Book" and "Give Birth Like a Feminist" by Milli Hill. Must reads!!!

    • "You've got it in you" Emma Pickett. I wish I had read this book when I was trying to breastfeed, Emma is wonderful at explaining how and why breastfeeding works and offers ample solutions to the intricacies that spring up during the breastfeeding journey. 

    • "The Postnatal Depletion Cure" Dr. Oscar Serrallach. A complete guide to explain what postnatal depletion is again a must read for all pregnant mothers!

    • "Understanding your Child" Tavistock Clinic booklets.  Written by professionals working in the Child and Family and the Adolescent Departments, the guides in this series present balanced and sensitive advice that will help adults to become, or to feel that they are, “good enough” parents.

    • "The Wonder Weeks" Hetty Van de Rijt .  The Wonder Weeks reveals what's going on inside baby's mind and  helps you understand the real reason behind crying, eating and sleeping problems, a must have for the first two years of baby's life. 

    • "The Day-By-Day Pregnancy Book" Dr. Maggie Blott. Comprehensive advice from a team of experts and lovely pictures. 

    • "The Expectant Dad's handbook" Dean Beaumont. The prospect of fatherhood can be exciting, emotional and sometimes terrifying for expectant fathers. In this book dean Beaumont provides some invaluable tips, knowledge to all dads to be.

    • "A Dad's guide to babycare" Colin Cooper. A complete practical guide to baby and toddler care written and demonstrated by dads.

Mindfulness/Mind Body connection:

    • "The Plastic Mind"  Sharon Begley.  My favourite read in the last years. Recent pioneering experiments in neuroplasticity reveal that the brain is capable not only of altering its structure but also of generating new neurons, even into old age. The brain can adapt, heal, renew itself after trauma and compensate for disability.

    • "A Mindfulness guide for the Frazzled"  Ruby Wax. A fun book about mindfulness and how life changing it can be when practiced daily.  

Miscellaneous

    • "Quantum Healing" Deepak Chopra groundbreaking exploration of consciousness and the power of mindfulness, adding the latest scientific research as well as expanded thoughts on the connection between body and mind.

    • "Why We Sleep" Matthew Walker .  In this book, the first of its kind written by a scientific expert, Professor Matthew Walker explores twenty years of cutting-edge research to solve the mystery of why sleep matters. 

    • "Nurture Shock" Po Branson & Ashley Merryman . Life changing new thinking about raising our children. 

    • "The Big leap" Gay Hendricks. Gay Hendricks demonstrates how to go beyond your internal limits, release outdated fears and learn a whole new set of powerful skills and habits to liberate your full potential.