Our Bodies, Ourselves Pregnancy and Birth Review & Giveaway


When you think of Our Bodies, Ourselves, you may think of the classic guide to women’s health and sexuality written by the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective and Judy Norsigian back in the 70’s.  The original Our Bodies, Ourselves was “revamped” in 2005 and has been updated to include issues and new health information.

Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth is their most recent work and is a comprehensive book that covers a range of topics including choosing your healthcare provider and birthing setting, body changes through your pregnancy, relationships and sex during pregnancy, the stages of labor (there’s a very cool chart of these stages), womens’ right to pain relief and natural ways to relieve labor pain and coping skills.  I like how they also discuss what you may be feeling during pregnancy, childbirth and after your baby is born.

There is an encouraging section about breastfeeding, which discusses how birth practices impact breastfeeding, getting breastfeeding off to a good start, nursing twins, the importance of a “good latch”, what to do when breastfeeding is a challenge, breastfeeding in public and even several mentions of La Leche League Mother-to-Mother support, which is one of my very favorite breastfeeding support resources and one that I am glad to see them encouraging mothers to seek support from.

I was fortunate enough to find the Sears’ Family Library books when I was pregnant, including The Pregnancy Book, but I do wish that this book was available back then, too, because it has the same balance of information while empowering women to make informed choices.  Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth doesn’t get up on any particular soap box and isn’t trying to tell you “the right way” to give birth or to mother your baby.  I like that they acknowledge that pregnancy, childbirth and having a new baby are a really BIG life changes and that we all have a “learning curve” and feel such a range of emotions about these changes.  I hope that mothers who pick up this book feel like they are not alone and empowered to own whatever choices they make in pregnancy, birth and motherhood.  This is a book that I would give to any expectant mother, whether she’s having her first child or her fifth.

I’m giving away a copy  of Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth to one of my lucky readers!

Here’s how you can enter:

Initial Entry: Post a comment about what you wish you’d known when you were pregnant or what your best pregnancy and/or childbirth advice would be for a first time mother.

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Giveaway ends June 20th