Reading / DVD etc. list for Pregnancy & Post-natal Yoga students
Birth Skills by Juju Sundin – Proven pain-management techniques for your labour and birth.
Hypnobirthing – Practical Ways to make your Birth Better by Siobhan Miller – Summary of The Positive Birth Company’s online Hypnobirthing course. Also check their free birth preparation tutorials on u-Tube under ‘The Positive Birth Company’
Freya app – Virtual Birth assistant to help time your contractions and relax you during labour.
The Gentle Birth Method by Gowri Motha – Mental preparation, health tips for labour and birth, ayurvedic recipes, massage techniques, list of pregnancy discomforts in each trimester: understand them and treat them. There’s more than one reason to read this book by reknown obstetrician and author Gowri Motha.
Mother’s breath by Uma Dinsmore-Tuli (book) – Guide to yoga breathing, sound and awareness practices during pregnancy, birth and postnatal recovery. All Uma’s products are available on wombyoga.org.
Mother’s breath by Uma Dinsmore-Tuli (cds) – Triple audio CD set to practice and polish your breathing and relaxation techniques.
Mother Nurture by Uma Dinsmore-Tuli (dvd) – Lovely prenatal yoga for the transition to motherhood, include a Prenatal practice, Birth preparation for couples and Mum & Baby DVD. Bargain full of insight and relaxation about birth and beyond.
Active Birth: The New Approach to Giving Birth Naturally by Janet Balaskas (book) – Wealth of information about birthing actively and naturally using own intuition and the many resources of the physical body.
Pregnancy Yoga Flow and Postnatal Recovery by Brigid Godwin (dvd) – This Dvd combines the flow of a traditional Vinyasa yoga class with gentle Hatha poses to create an uplifting and energising sequence. Inspired by the Birthlight school of Prenatal and Mum & Baby yoga. Includes a specific practice for Pelvic Girdle Pain and a sequence with baby too. Lovely for the unconditional yogi mummies out there!
Yoga for Mother and Baby by Francoise Barbira-Freedman (book)– Superb illustrations to complement your Mum & Baby yoga practice in classes and help you start practicing at home. The birthlight philosophy is second to none when it comes to putting the family bond first, and educate everyone (mums, dads, grandparents, carers or relatives) on how they can enhance baby’s well-being daily with simple movements and sequences. Great ideas on Yoga with your baby as he/she starts to crawl and walk. Suitable for little ones 0-3 years old. The massage techniques to help with newborns’ digestion are great too. Highly recommend.
What Mothers Do (especially when it looks like nothing) by Naomi Stadlen (book) – A wonderful account of the challenges of motherhood, perfect read as mental prep before baby comes or as mental comfort whilst you are right in the middle of the ‘no sleep / no time for you’ period.