Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Review: the Christian Childbirth Handbook

Now that I'm on my second baby, soon to deliver, I can say that I've read a lot of books on birthing. A lot. Books that describe what happens, how it happens, when it'll happen. There are so many differing opinions on how a woman should labor. But the one thing that's been missing from them all, is how does the Bible say we should labor and birth? What are the spiritual aspects we should be focusing on?

I was lucky enough to come across the book "the Christian Childbirth Handbook" after Lindsey posted some of her favorite birthing books. What I really liked about this book is the fact that it's not only a book containing information, it includes a workbook for further reflection. It has journaling questions and ideas for spending time with God to discuss your birth. It also comes from an unbias medical/natural standpoint. While it gives ideas on how to help cope and deal with pain, it also gives the medical options as well, fully explaining the hows and whys behind it.

It's been nice to read a book written from a Scriptural standpoint and not new age theology! And this book seems to have all the bases covered as well, including topics that will help parents make wise birthing decisions, deal with the fear of labor and birthing, as well as prepare your heart with scripture.

This book has definitely been a great read!

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