Christian Doulas

What to Do Before Baby Arrives


 You are in that long, last month of pregnancy.  Here are some ways to keep you distracted while you wait for the big day.



* Purchase items you will need when you come home from the hospital:

Sanitary napkins, nursing pads and nursing bras, diapers, nursery furniture       (or at least a rocker and a bookshelf for all of the good children's                   literature you've bought), baby layette, well baby equipment:                             (thermometer, vaporizer/humidifier, nasal aspirator, baby care book)

If you live in Bloomington, and are not able to afford these items, please contact Hannah House and the Crisis Pregnancy Center.  You don't have to be having a crisis pregnancy to make use of their clothes, diapers, and equipment. 

*    Choose a pediatrician. Ask for recommendations, and schedule a meeting           before your baby is born.

*    Keep well stocked on groceries. You might cook a few meals ahead and           put them in your freezer. Ask for a freezer meal shower from friends.  Each       friend brings a homemade frozen dinner to stock your larder with, along           with (or instead of) a gift at your baby shower.  Here’s a great site to           visit for more information on bulk cooking and freezer stocking.

*     Plan ahead for upcoming birthdays/holidays, anniversaries, etc. Have gifts        and cards on hand and ready to go. 

*    Keep your doctor’s, midwife’s and doula’s phone numbers near your                   phone.                                                                                                                                                                       *    Take a hospital tour of the labor, delivery, and recovery floors.  Take the           Cesarean class with your husband, just in case.  

*    Keep your gas tank full

*    When help is offered, accept it.  Allow the humbling of your pride to occur     by letting friends see your dirt and filth.  Let them clean your toilet.  Humility  is very good for your soul, and service is good for theirs.  Don’t let your pride get in the way of God’s work at sanctifying us all. If you have a difficult time asking for specific help, keep a list of what needs to be done on the refrigerator and ask friends to look at it and choose their chore.

*    Make a “who to call” list for when the baby is born.  If you’d like, make a           phone tree, so you make a few calls and everyone gets the news.

*    Pack your hospital bag!  Don’t get caught with your bag of waters breaking       all over the floor and nothing packed like I did.

(with thanks to PAC for original list,

Reading List from Motherland Midwifery

Recommended Reading List

A Child is Born. By Lennart Nilsson & Lars Hamberger, Delta, 2004.
Bountiful, Beautiful, Blissful: Experience the Natural Power of
Pregnancy and Birth with Kundalini Yoga and Meditation. By Gurmukh Kaur
Khalsa and Cindy Crawford, St. Martin’s Griffin, 2004.
Having a Baby, Naturally. By Peggy O’Mara. Atria, 2003.
Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The complete guide. By Penny Simkin, Janet Whalley, and Ann Keppler, Meadowbrook, 2001.
The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth. By Sheila Kitzinger, Knopf, 2003.
The Naturally Health Pregnancy: The essential guide to nutritional and
botanical medicine for the childbearing year. By Shonda Parker, Loyal
Publishing, 1998.
The Natural Pregnancy Book: Herbs, nutrition, & other holistic choices. By Aviva Jill Romm, Ten Speed Press, 2003.

Birthing From Within: An extraordinary guide to childbirth preparation. By Pam England, Partera Press, 1998.
Gentle Birth Choices: A guide to making informed decisions about
birthing centers, birth attendants, water birth, home birth, hospital
birth. By Barbara Harper, Inner Traditions, 1994.
Heart & Hands: A Midwife’s Guide to Pregnancy and Birth. By Elizabeth Davis, Celestial Arts, 2004.
Homebirth. By Sheila Kitzinger, DK Pub, 1991.
Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth. By Ina May Gaskin, Bantam Books, 2003.
Special Delivery: A guide to creating the birth you want for you and your baby. By Rahima Baldwin, Celestial Arts, 1990.
The Birth Partner: Everything you need to know to help a woman through childbirth. By Penny Simkin, Harvard Common Press, 2007.
The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth. By Henci Goer and Rhonda Wheeler, Perigee, 1999.

After the Baby’s Birth
After the Baby’s Birth: A complete guide for postpartum women. By Robin Lim, Ten Speed Press, 2001.
Natural Health After Birth: The complete guide to postpartum wellness. By Aviva Jill Romm, Healing Arts Press, 2002.
The Year After Childbirth: Enjoying your body, your relationships, and
yourself in your baby’s first year. By Sheila Kitzinger, Fireside, 1996.

The Breastfeeding Café: Mothers share the joys, challenges, and secrets
of nursing. By Barbara Behrmann, The University of Michigan Press, 2005.
The Nursing Mother’s Companion. By Kathleen Huggins, Harvard Common Press, 1999.
The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers: The Most Comprehensive
Problem-Solution Guide to Breastfeeding from the Foremost Expert in
North America. By Jack Newman and Teresa Pitman, Prima Lifestyles, 2000.
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding. By La Leche League International, Plume, 2004.

Books for Children
I Watched My Brother Being Born! Including children at birth. By Anne
Vondruska and Katarina Vondruska, Trafford Publishing, 2005.
Nasce um Bebe… Naturalmente (A Baby is Born… Naturally). By Naoli Vinaver, Mercuryo, 2005.
Welcome With Love. By Jenni Overend, Kane/Miller Book Publishers, 1999.
My Mommy’s Midwife. By Trish Payne and Hayley Holland.
A Ride on Mother’s Back: A day of baby carrying around the world. By Emery Bernhard, Gulliver Books, 1996.
I’m Made of Mama’s Milk. By Mary Olsen.
Breastmilk Makes My Tummy Yummy. By Cecilia Moen, Midsummer Press, 1999.

A Woman’s Book of Herbs: The healing power of natural remedies. By Deb Soule, Citadel Press, 1995.
Everybody’s Guide to Homeopathic Medicines. By Stephen Cummings, Tarcher, 1997.
Herbal Healing for Women. By Rosemary Gladstar, Fireside, 1993.
Homeopathy for Pregnancy, Birth, and Baby’s First Year. By Miranda Castro, St. Martin’s Press, 1993.
Homeopathic Medicine at Home: Natural remedies for everyday ailments and minor injuries. By Maesimund Panos, Tarcher, 1981.
Homeopathic Medicine for Children and Infants. By Dana Ullman, Tarcher, 1992.
Mommy Diagnostics: The naturally healthy family’s guide to herbs and
whole foods for health. By Shonda Parker, Loyal Publishing, 1999.
Rosemary Gladstar’s Family Herbal: A guide to living life with energy,
health, and vitality. By Rosemary Gladstar, Storey Publishing, 2001.
The Herbal for Mother and Child: Essential home remedies for a healthy
pregnancy, a trouble-free birth and everyday childhood ailments. By
Anne McIntyre, Thorsons, 2003.
Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year. By Susun Weed, Ash Tree
Publishing, 1985. *Note: This is a classic herbal for pregnancy,
childbirth, lactation, fertility, and birth control. However, some
recommended herbs have since become endangered and only cultivated
varieties should be used.

Women’s Health/Fertility
The Garden of Fertility: A guide to charting your fertility signals to
prevent or achieve pregnancy – naturally – and to gauge your
reproductive health. By Katie Singer, Avery, 2004.
Our Bodies, Ourselves: A new edition for a new era. By The Boston Women’s Health Book Collective, Touchstone, 2005.
Taking Charge of Your Fertility: The definitive guide to natural birth
control, pregnancy achievement, and reproductive health. By Toni
Weschler, Collins, 2001.

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