Divinity of Motherhood

January 23, 2018 in Birth Stories, Book, Book reviews

The Gift of Giving Life Review of the Week

I LOVE this book! So many great insights! It’s not the typical pregnancy book that I’ve seen so much, it’s more about the divinity of motherhood.

To read The Gift of Giving Life buy your copy at your local LDS bookstore, or buy it on Amazon!

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We love our readers. We wrote this book for you!

We also love getting feedback from you about the book. It is so great to read reviews of our book on Amazon. To say thanks, we are going to highlight a review a week.

Allows its readers to figure out the path that works best for them without judging

January 16, 2018 in Birth Stories, Book, Book reviews

The Gift of Giving Life Review of the Week

I love this book. I actually read this two years ago, but forgot to review it at the time. When I first read it, I was pregnant with my 4th child and desperately trying to figure out how to finally get the birth I wanted. I’d had an emergency c-section, an accidental home birth (assisted by EMTs), and a natural hospital birth, but most had left me feeling bullied (and occasionally assaulted) by the doctors and nurses involved, and I was dreading having to go through that again.

The entire book is full of worthwhile essays, but at the time, it was the essay “Unity with Your Care Provider” that really hit home to me and made me realize how important it was that I have a doctor who listened to me and respected my wishes and worked WITH me instead of against me. Since with my current health care that was impossible (23 doctors rotate at the hospital, so the odds of having one deliver my baby who I’d even met were slim to none), I chose to find a midwife and have a (planned!) home birth instead. And it was by FAR my best birthing experience yet.

Now I’m getting ready to have Baby #5, and I decided it would be worthwhile to read this book again. This time around, I’m really struck by the wonderful variety of topics they cover– this is not a book with an agenda. They aren’t pushing home birth or hospital birth or any particular medical procedure. They are pushing for women to find the spiritual within the birthing process and to figure out how to make it work best of them.

And I love that. Because I think that’s exactly how it should be. In the same way that I would never tell a friend who needed glasses that because I have 20/20 vision, she should “trust her body” and not use her glasses, I think it can sometimes be ridiculous how often women expect their friends to labor and give birth in the same way that worked for her. I feel like this book allows its readers to figure out the path that works best for them without judging, but instead tries to give as many options as possible so that each woman can fully consider them all.

To read The Gift of Giving Life buy your copy at your local LDS bookstore, or buy it on Amazon!

Buy the Gift of Giving Life Here.

We love our readers. We wrote this book for you!

We also love getting feedback from you about the book. It is so great to read reviews of our book on Amazon. To say thanks, we are going to highlight a review a week.

All women need to read this book

January 9, 2018 in Birth Stories, Book, Book reviews

The Gift of Giving Life Review of the Week

I loved this book. I felt like all women need to read this even if they are done having children. It makes you realize how truly powerful you are as a woman.

Best inspirational thing I’ve read in a long time.

To read The Gift of Giving Life buy your copy at your local LDS bookstore, or buy it on Amazon!

Buy the Gift of Giving Life Here.

We love our readers. We wrote this book for you!

We also love getting feedback from you about the book. It is so great to read reviews of our book on Amazon. To say thanks, we are going to highlight a review a week.

Love this book so much and so grateful for the positive outlook it gave on birth.

October 25, 2017 in Birth Stories, Book, Book reviews

The Gift of Giving Life Review of the Week

This book is phenomenal!

I never knew motherhood, pregnancy and labor could be such a spiritual journey. It made me realize how divine motherhood is and how special each birth is! Love this book so much and so grateful for the positive outlook it gave on birth.

To read The Gift of Giving Life buy your copy at your local LDS bookstore, or buy it on Amazon!

Buy the Gift of Giving Life Here.

We love our readers. We wrote this book for you!

We also love getting feedback from you about the book. It is so great to read reviews of our book on Amazon. To say thanks, we are going to highlight a review a week.

LDS Birthy Momma Christmas Wish List

November 27, 2013 in Book, Book reviews, Church History, LDS History, Midwives, Obstetricians, Robyn, Uncategorized

It’s that time of year!  Lani wrote a great post on Birth Faith with ideas for gifts for the baby shower basket.  I love her idea of giving the gift of an emergency birth kit.  I love practical and useful gifts like that.  Along with that I have found a few birth books by LDS authors for your favorite LDS Birth junkie. If you know of any others by LDS authors, please let me know.  I would love to add them to this list.

 

Pregnancy, Childbirth and Your Growing LDS Family by Kathleen Tooley Johnson, RN

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This book is a hands on how-to of birth.  It is geared toward natural birth but any mom to be would find the information helpful in preparing for birth. I also liked how the relates scriptures and gospel principles to pregnancy and childbirth.

 

Zion’s Hope: Pioneer Midwives and Doctors of Utah by Honey M. Newton, CNM

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I have enjoyed the brief peak into different midwives and doctors of our pioneer history that the author compiled into this book.  Their faith in birth and motherhood is so uplifting.  You can read more about this book in this post where the author was kind enough to tell us more about the process of writing Zion’s Hope.

 

Wise Childbirth, What You’ll Want to Know as You Make Your Birth Choices by Jennetta Billhimer

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I admit that I have not read this one.  It is not geared specifically for an LDS audience but it is written by an LDS author.

 

The Way of the Peaceful Birther by Amy Cox Jones

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This book is available only on kindle.  I have only read the excerpt provided by Amazon.  It is not written specifically for an LDS audience but the author is one of the organizers behind the LDS Holistic Living Conference.

 

Creating a Joyful Birth Experience by Lucchia Capacchione and Sandra Bardsley, RN

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Sandra Bardsley is LDS and co-authored this well-balanced childbirth preparation book.  I bought this book before I realized Sandra’s connection to the Church.  I even used a quote from their book when writing my “Healing From Sorrow” essay in The Gift of Giving Life.

 

Polly’s Birth Book: Obstetrics for the Home by Polly Block

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This book is great for emergency preparedness and/or midwifery educational purposes.  You can read more about this book here and here.  You can order this book on Amazon or contact Polly’s daughter on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/PollysBirthBook.

And we can’t forget The Gift of Giving Life!

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We hope you will take advantage of our upcoming sale price on our book for the holidays.  Stay tuned!

And, my wish as a LDS birth junkie momma would be to have a lovely spiritual birth DVD documentary for moms.  Doesn’t that sound lovely?  Someday maybe . . . but if you have some resources you would like to put to use, let us know!

Do you have any great ideas for birthy mommas?

Happy holiday shopping!