June Books

This was a lighter reading month, due to two things: 1) Completing my labor doula certification requirements (the paper-writing and paperwork aspect, the births were done months ago) and 2) Falling asleep when I tried to read. Ah, third trimester!

23. Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin – I read this part of this book during my pregnancy with Sugar, and I found many of her recommendations helpful while laboring. I saw it at Half Price books and bought it to put in my class lending library, but I read it first. The first half of the book is birth stories–over 100 pages of them. This is so encouraging for couples planning their first natural birth and/or first homebirth. We tend to be bombarded with negative births, and getting positive stories makes a huge difference. The last half is very well researched, and the part that I didn’t really get to read last time. I highly recommend this book, even for experienced moms-to-be.

24. The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Anne Shaffer – I needed some light, easy reading in my current sleepy state, and this was perfect. (Thanks, Jenna!) Written entirely in letters, this book dealt with the heavy subject of recovery of a small island in the English Channel following German occupation during WWII. It was very sweet, funny and all-around a good book to read. I highly recommend it.

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