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ICANoN is looking to start a lending library to serve as a resource to our network. We need a member to volunteer to take on this task including: finding materials (books, DVDs, etc) that are in line with our mission, developing a system to track which materials have been lent and to whom, and making those materials available to our chapter members at monthly meetings. If you’ve been looking for a way to give back to our community and get involved in the movement to lower the cesarean rate or are just interested in more details as to what would be involved, please contact [email protected]!

Recommended Reading

Silent Knife: Cesarean Prevention and Vaginal Birth after Cesarean by Nancy Wainer Cohen & Lois Estne

"The bible of cesarean prevention." ~ Wall Street Journal "A landmark event, which will change the course of obstetric care by giving parents the informtion they need to make the decisions that are best for their own families. Comprehensive, highly readable, sensitive should be read by everyone who cares about someone." ~ Marian Tompson Director, Alternative Birth Crisis Coalition American Academy of Medicine "Required reading for all childbirth professionals and prospective parents." ~ Journal of Gynecological Nursing

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin Drawing upon her thirty-plus years of experience, Ina May Gaskin, the nation’s leading midwife, shares the benefits and joys of natural childbirth by showing women how to trust in the ancient wisdom of their bodies for a healthy and fulfilling birthing experience. Based on the female-centered Midwifery Model of Care, this book gives expectant mothers comprehensive information on everything from the all-important mind-body connection to how to give birth without technological intervention.

Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth by Henci Goer and Rhonda Wheeler Every intelligent, informed woman is used to gathering the most complete information she can get before making a decision. But when it comes to one of the most important decisions in her life--how she will give birth--it can be tough to get the complete picture, even from an obstetrician. Surprisingly, much of the latest research goes against common medical opinion. Certified Lamaze instructor and activist Henci Goer brings women the carefully researched facts they'll want to have. Based on the latest medical studies and literature, this book offers clear, concise information on tests, procedures and treatments.

Birthing Frowm Within: An Extra-Ordinary Guide to Childbirth Preparation by Pam England This holistic approach to childbirth examines this profound rite-of-passage not as a medical event, but as an act of self-discovery. Exercises and activities such as journal writing, meditation, and painting are designed to help mothers analyze their thoughts and face their fears during pregnancy.

Expectant Parent’s Guide to Preventing a Cesarean Section by Carl Jones "If I had to name three books expectant parents should read, this would be one of them." Donald Creevy, M.D. Professor of Obstetrics Stanford University In this country, one in four women--750,000 each year--undergo cesarean sections. Most suffer pain and disappointment and search out ways to avoid the experience again. Filled with authoritative and practical information, this book points the way toward safe and positive vaginal delivery for both first-time and post-cesarean parents.

Gentle Birth Choices by Barbara Harper, RN New parents are faced with a myriad of choices about pregnancy, labor, and birth. By a renowned childbirth advocate, nurse, former midwife, and mother of three, this book helps to clarify these choices and shows how to plan a meaningful, family-centered birth experience. She dispels medical myths and reimagines birth without fear, pain, or violence, explaining the numerous gentle birth choices available, including giving birth in an independent birth center, at home, or in a hospital birthing room; finding a primary caregiver who shares your philosophy of birth; and deciding how to best use current technologies. She also provides practical advice for couples wishing to explore the option of using a doula or water during labor and birth to avoid the unwanted effects of drugs and epidurals.

Good Birth, a Safe Birth: Choosing and Having the Childbirth Experience You Want by Diana Korte and Roberta Scaer Based on a survey of two thousand women and responses from readers of the first and second editions, this complete and accurate guide enables women and their partners to take control of the childbirth experience. The authors, both long time La Leche leaders, analyze today's options, they tell readers how to avoid an unnecessary cesarean section, and ensure that all their wishes are followed. In chapters such as If You Dont Know Your Options, You Dont Have Any, The Obstetricians Black Bag of Interventions, and How to Have a Normal Vaginal Birth (and Avoid an Unnecessary Cesarean), the book is refreshingly frank but never dogmatic; they want readers to decide for themselves whats best for themselves.

Immaculate Deception II: Myth, Magic and Birth by Suzanne Arms In this intimate perspective on birth, renowned author and photographer Suzanne Arms conveys the inherent wisdom in this natural process, through her eloquent words and pictures. The author has been a pioneer in the breastfeeding movement since 1970. Suzanne has received the prestigious Lamaze International Lifetime Achievement Award for her outstanding contributions to the world of birth.

Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way by Susan McCutcheon Since the Bradley method was first introduced in 1970, a growing number of expectant parents have opted for natural childbirth, knowing that it's safer than medicated or surgical delivery. But where can parents-to-be go for information on how to have a successful Bradley birth? This book provides all the answers, offering sound advice on how to prepare physically for labor and what to expect during each of its stages. Photos & line drawings.

Natural Pregnancy Book: Herbs, Nutrition, and Other Holistic Choices by Aviva Jill Romm Like having your own personal herbalist and midwife at your side, this expertly written book by Aviva Jill Romm, who has been providing family-centered natural health care for almost 20 years, was one of the first books to explore botanical medicine and pregnancy. In this revised and updated edition, Ms. Romm thoughtfully follows the woman's journey from conception to birth, focusing on natural health. She describes herbs that can promote and maintain a healthy pregnancy (along with those you should avoid during your term) and the basics of a healthy diet, with an emphasis on natural foods. It is a complete guide for the woman who envisions a safe pregnancy without technological intervention, as nature intended.

Open Season: A Survival Guide for Natural Childbirth and VBAC in the 90s by Nancy Wainer Cohen This book provides fresh insights and new information on the subject of cesarean section in the United States. Our alarming reliance on ceserean sections, currently about 25 percent of all births, is again exposed by Cohen, as it was in her critically acclaimed book Silent Knife. Open Season offers guidance to childbearing couples, educators, health professionals, and scholars who value the natural path to childbirth. Readers will find this book timely, informative, shocking, irreverent, and extremely readable.

Pregnant Feelings: Developing Trust in Birth by Rahima Baldwin This book can help you explore the emotional aspects of pregnancy and birth, develop trust and have an easier pregnancy and birth. Includes ways to enhance prenatal bonding, release fear and create the optimal birth experience for you and your baby. Also has several chapters on "looking toward parenting." Written in workbook format for pregnant women to share with their partners.

Let Birth Be Born Again: Rediscovering and Reclaiming Our Midwifery Heritage by Jean Sutton A midwife with extensive experience in birth, Sutton went back to the old midwifery text books, now out of print, and has brought back ancient wisdom in her book. She looks at passage for the baby through the pelvis from an engineering point of view, and relates it to how a woman can position herself in the weeks before labor, to give her baby the most room to move itself through the pelvis. In so doing, it is possible to prevent a high percentage of dysfunctional labors. This is a must read book filled with illustrations, for anyone preparing for birth whether you are a professional or an expectant partner.



Pushed: The Painful Truth about Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care by Jennifer Block A groundbreaking narrative investigation of childbirth in the age of machines, malpractice, and managed care, Pushed presents the complete picture of maternity care in America. From inside the operating room of a hospital with a 44% Cesarean rate to the living room floor of a woman who gives birth with an illegal midwife, Block exposes a system in which few women have an optimal experience. Pushed surveys the public health impact of routine labor inductions, C-sections, and epidurals, but also examines childbirth as a women’s rights issue: Do women even have the right to choose a normal birth? Is that right being upheld? A wake-up call for our times, Block’s gripping research reveals that while emergency obstetric care is essential, we are overusing medical technology at the expense of maternal and infant health.

Rebounding from Childbirth: Toward Emotional Recovery by Lynn Madsen Amid the joys of a healthy baby, the mother's feelings of anger, grief, failure and disappointment often get scant attention from family, friends and medical personnel. Drawing from her own life as a professional counselor and mother of three, Lynn Madsen argues that a woman should not underestimate her own need to recover emotionally and physiologically from a violent birth experience. Without true healing, a new mother's suppressed sense of loss and pain can affect her relationships with her baby and husband, her body image, her feelings about going back to work, even her hopes for future pregnancies and births. Through her own story and those of other women, Madsen offers comfort, hope, and an intensely personal perspective to new mothers who feel alone with a range of negative feelings about childbirth.

Sit Up and Take Notice: Positioning Yourself for a Better Birth by Pauline Scott By teaching women and practitioners the pivotal importance of fetal position to the outcome of labor and birth, Pauline Scott hopes to reverse a major reason for the seemingly relentless march toward cesarean section. Part One of her book is an effective primer about pelvic structure, baby's position and the exquisite engineering of the two that is designed to culminate in uneventful, natural birth. Line drawings abound in this section to help the reader visualize this engineering miracle and understand how to work with it. Part Two discusses preparation for labor, labor positions, posterior babies and successful birth. The author makes all subjects easy to grasp by listing "key points" throughout both parts, and she invigorates her subject even more by adding wonderful birth stories to illustrations.

Understanding the Dangers of Cesarean Birth: Making Informed Decisions by Nicette Jukelevics This book aims to give women the insights they need to make an informed decision about whether natural or C-section birth is best for them and their babies. It explains when C-sections are necessary, and when they are not needed, and also addresses the overuse and misuse of medical procedures that can complicate labor and lead to C-sections, as well as reasons doctors may support or suggest C-sections, including outdated medical information, fear of liability, and economic advantages measured in doctors' time. This work also examines midwifery practices shown to safely reduce cesarean deliveries, but ignored or resisted by hospitals.

VBAC Companion: The Expectant Mother's Guide to Vaginal Birth After Cesarean by Diane Korte A clearly written and thorough guide to lead women step-by-step through the process of planning for a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean). Its author, medical journalist and former LLL Leader Diana Korte, presents many good reasons for encouraging VBACs. The most compelling reason is that they are safer for both m other and baby. Her statements are backed up bymedical facts including fascinating statistics about rates of infant mortality, cesarean birth, and VBAC around the world.

Birth Your Way by Sheila Kitzinger The best way to choose birth at home or in the hospital. As research discloses the risks of intensively managed hospital birth, increasing numbers of women are considering alternatives. This new updated edition of Sheila Kitzinger's pioneering work gives them the facts. Highly informative yet sensitively written, and supported by firsthand accounts of women's personal experiences of birth, this is the essential guide for every woman considering her options. a longtime champion of freedom of choice in childbirth, Sheila Kitzinger is uniquely placed to advise and support women who want to make the right decision confidently for themselves.

Natural Childbirth After Cesarean: A Practical Guide by Karis Crawford As the debate over the need for and benefits of scheduled cesarean section births heats up, the need for a book that takes an informed look at this important issue grow more vital. This book combines the extensive professional expertise of the authors with their personal experiences of cesarean and natural childbirth to create a guide that is at once informative, educational, and inspiring.