Reading List

7 05 2009

I shared way back in March (why does that seem like eons ago?!) what I was reading. You can also see that list down and to the right…

Well, since I am starting my training to become a certified doula, I have a big ol reading list.

So, I went to our libraries website and reserved some books. This is what I currently am reading through –

Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In by Fisher and Ury. This one is to help deal with those pesky doctors who want to intervene so they can make tee time…or get home for breakfast…or whatever ‘better’ thing they have planned.

Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May Gaskin. This is more for those who have a desire to seek out their CNM license…I don’t but, I still think I’ll find it interesting!

Heart & Hands by Elizabeth Davis. Another one geared toward midwives, but, see above 🙂

Mothering the Mother: How a Doula Can Help You Have a Shorter, Easier, and Healthier Birth by Klaus, Kennell and Klaus. Title says it all 🙂 Mine helped me! 😉

There are a couple on the list that I read in preparing for my VBAC that I can’t wait to read again.

The Birth Partner by Simkin

Birthing From Within: An Extra-Ordinary Guide to Childbirth Preperation by England and Horowitz

The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth by Heidi Goer

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin

Any of the ones I’ve already read, I would HIGHLY recommend to any one pregnant or thinking about trying! It is NEVER too early to think about the birth you desire!


What Are You Reading?

5 03 2009

Carrie asked me awhile back to blog on what I was reading. I was dreading this because I’m notorious for reading about 8 things at once…and never finishing anything!

Currently, I have, once again, a ton of things I’m reading. Here they are, in no particular order… (just the order I think of them, lol)

1. Child Health Guide: Holistic Pediatrics for Parents by Randall Neustaedter, OMD – our chiropractor lent me this when I asked her about some natural remedies for K’s asthma. It has been an amazing book and I will be purchasing it for ourselves with our next book order. I’m not as “crunchy” as some of my friends when it comes to medicine. We do give probitotics daily (and especially when the boys are on antibiotics). I think if K didn’t have asthma, I’d be more willing to go completely holistic. His asthma scares me though. I need to sit down with a holistic health care provider and share my concerns (I’ve been referred to a great one here in Raleigh, I just need to take the plunge) — If any readers have anything to share, PLEASE do!!

2. Because He Loves Me by Elyse Fitzpatrick – I’m reading this for small group. When we joined, they were on chapter 3. I’m still on chapter 1, haha. But the leaders’ had a baby and so the book is ‘on hold’ for a bit 🙂 It is incredible! (heavy, but incredible!) It’s all about keeping your focus on Christ in all that you do – this definitely keeps things in perspective as I’m home with the boys all day and I don’t feel like I’m doing much for the Kingdom.

3. Healthiest Kid in the Neighborhood by Dr. William Sears – If you read our family blog, you can tell I haven’t gotten very far in this book, lol 🙂 — I will report more on this as I dive into it more. If it’s anything like his vaccine book, I will love it 🙂

4. The One-Minute Organizer: A to Z Storage Solutions: 500 Tips for Storing Every Item in Your Home by Donna Smallin – I love to organize, but, since having children, it’s fallen by the way side, I’m hoping this book will get me back on track

5. Cleaning Plain & Simple: A ready reference guide with hundreds of sparkling solutions to your everyday cleaning challenges by Donna Smallin – I nannied for a family one summer. The family had 4 kids & one day a week, the mom would take the kids and it was my job to clean the house (a very large, historic home) top to bottom (yes, they paid me very well, lol) The first few weeks, it would take nearly 8 hours as I figured out my plan. By the end of the summer, I would be done by lunch time (getting paid for a full day!) and then I’d drive out and join them for an afternoon of fun on the lake! lol – the mom was very organized in her cleaning (she told me she could get it done in 3-4 hours – I knew I was doing it right when I accomplished that goal, lol) & I strive for that one day in our own home (or … I may just hire some naive college student, LOL!)

6. Teach Them Diligently: How To Use The Scriptures In Child Training by Lou Priolo – The title says it all 🙂 This book came highly recommended in my Counseling Parents & Children class in Seminary and I’m so excited to finally be diving into it to train up our boys in a godly way.

7. I’m also reading from Matthew with a few ladies from my small group. We all have had a hard time lately getting our time in the Word so we all said, Let’s start in Matthew!”…so there we are!

Whew…there you have it! So….What are you reading???