Summer Reading

So, my birthday is just around the corner, and I spent part of today updating my wishlist on Amazon, just in case anyone wanted to check it out (you never know, after all). While there, I noticed that just about every book on my list was a pregnancy or childbirth book. Funny, that.

I love it when I’m reading a pregnancy book on the subway or bus and someone gets up the nerve to politely ask me when I’m due, and then I have to explain to them that no, I’m not pregnant, but yes, I really do enjoy reading pregnancy books, for fun. Sometimes if I tell them I’m a student midwife, it suddenly makes sense. Sometimes they’ve never heard of midwifery before, or thought that midwives were an 18th century thing that doesn’t exist anymore, and then I get the pure joy of teaching someone something new. Either way, it almost always leads to a good conversation. People should talk to each other on the bus or subway more often.

Anyway, I thought I’d put my top five pregnancy/midwifery wish list books up here, so all of you can see what I hope to be reading in the coming months (hint hint). 😉

Birth As an American Rite of Passage By Robbie E. Davis-Floyd.

I’ve been told this book is a lot like The Woman in the Body, by Emily Martin, which I adored.

Recreating Motherhood By Barbara Katz Rothman.

People have been telling me for years that I’ve got to check this woman out.

Testing Women, Testing the Fetus By Rayna Rapp.

A friend asked me my opinion on amniocentesis the other day, and I realized I really didn’t know enough about it to have a clearly defined opinion on it, so, first step: read about it!!

Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler.

I’ve been told that this is the bible for all things fertility and conception related, which certainly means I’ve got to check it out.

and finally…

Obstetric Myths Versus Research Realities by Henci Goer.

Always good to know what the research reality is.

Three cheers for summer reading!!

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