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u/IndigoFlyer · 29 pointsr/MensLib

From my (doula) husband: "the birthpartner" by Penny Simkin

I had a lot of anxiety about reading the pregnancy books, so he did a good job at reading EVERYONE IN EXISTENCE and tossing me the best.

u/mortonsmerrymount · 9 pointsr/BabyBumps

Sorry you had a bad experience with doulas in your area! That's a shame.

BUT! A good book for you and your hubby is The Birth Partner

It details what the woman in labor will be feeling and what you can do as a partner to help her. Really good read. Good luck!

u/QuiltingPi · 9 pointsr/BabyBumps

FTM so no personal experience, but a lot of people recommend The Birth Partner for their partners to read.

u/pintoftomatoes · 7 pointsr/BabyBumps

Take your vitamins, eat your protein, try to stay active even if it's just walking a few times a week. Don't be afraid to call your OB if something is bothering you or if you are worried. 99% of the time they'd rather you call over something minor than to not call at all and be anxious. Get some books and sign up for child birth and parenting classes. We did ours though our hospital and they were pretty affordable and really educational. As far as books go, I am reading Ina May's Guide to Childbirth, and my husband is reading The Birth Partner. These were both recommended by our child birth educators. I'm 30 weeks right now, and I would say as you get closer to the end, don't feel bad about not being able to do as many things as you could before you were huge and uncomfortable. Ask for help, take breaks, nap, relax as much as you can.

u/sloanerose · 7 pointsr/BabyBumps

I don't think it's necessary. I watched a 3 part YouTube series by a midwifery group and read The Birth Partner and through those I felt very prepared. We didn't take a birth class because the schedule was very inconvenient and for the one that was convenient it was too expensive. I felt completely confident during my labor and my husband was a great partner because I had sent him things to read online and parts of the Birth Partner.

u/loosepajamas · 6 pointsr/BabyBumps

Absolutely no issues with flying during pregnancy. Some airlines restrict pregnant women from flying past ~36 weeks, but I think that's because they don't want you going into labor in their airplane cabin at 32,000 feet. After getting thru security, buy a bottle of water for your wife. I was on a 2-hour flight over Christmas and was dying of thirst waiting for the drink cart to come down the aisle. Also, give her the aisle seat if possible so she can walk the aisles periodically to keep the blood moving and access the bathroom quickly if needed.

As for books, I've read a lot of good ones. I've liked the Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy, and Elisabeth Bing's Six Practical Lessons for an Easier Childbirth and Ina May's Guide to Childbirth for info on labor and delivery, and The Happiest Baby on the Block and the Wonder Weeks for infant care. Also The Birth Partner is a great book on delivery for both pregnant women and husbands. If you can find a secondhand bookstore near you, check it out--a lot of people sell off these types of books once they're done with them.

u/Zethley · 6 pointsr/BabyBumps

Order The Birth Partner off amazon for your husband. Great book! I read through it and my husband is almost done with it. I plan on passing it down to the next friend who gets pregnant which is how it came into my possession.

u/tashabaker11 · 6 pointsr/CsectionCentral

I also wanted to offer an alternative view.

I will be the first to admit that labor and delivery is scary especially for a first time mother. BUT I think it would be incredibly helpful for you to learn more about the process. The more you know the less fear you'll have.

I originally subscribed to this sub because I thought I needed a scheduled c-section due to low lying placenta. It moved up on its own and I was able to have a vaginal delivery. I chose to do it naturally with no pain medication and honestly, it was an awesome experience. Yes- it hurt, yes- it was hard, but I would do it over again in a heartbeat! I ended needing an episiotomy which I know scares a lot of people but they gave me a local anesthetic first and I couldn't feel it at all. My recovery was so easy!!! I just felt a bit bruised down there for the first little while and that's it. Full disclosure, I know not everyone has this kind of experience, but statistically the vast majority of births are complication free.

So long story short, I would suggest you look into vaginal delivery more in-depth. Look into the stages of labor. Definitely research the potential risks and side effects of a c-section. Also with this being you're first, c-sections can have negative risks for subsequent pregnancies.

This book is designed for support people during labor, but honestly it was the best resource for learning the stages of labor. It's a very empowering book. I highly recommend it!

I'm not specifically saying you shouldn't go for a c-section, I just think giving your self the knowledge of the pros and cons will be a huge help!

Best of luck to you!!

u/lalalababystuff · 5 pointsr/BabyBumps

I really liked [The Birth Partner] ( by Penny Simkin and I'm making my husband read it now. It's a fairly easy read and I thought it gave a good overview. I'm actually holding it right now and this is the table of contents to give you an idea:

Part One: Before the Birth

  1. The last weeks of pregnancy

    Part Two: Labor and Birth

  2. Getting into labor, 3) Moving through the stages of labor, 4) Comfort measures for labor, 5) Strategies for challenging variations in normal labor

    Part Three: The Medical Side of Childbirth

  3. Tests, technologies, interventions, and procedures, 7) Complications in late pregnancy, labor, or afterward, 8) Medications for pain during labor, 9) Cesarean birth, and vaginal birth after cesarean

    Part Four: After the Birth

  4. The first few days postpartum, 11) Getting started with breastfeeding
u/allofthebeards · 5 pointsr/BabyBumps

Yes! The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin

The Birth Partner - Revised 4th Edition: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions

He's only at the beginning of the book so I can't speak to how much of it is going to be helpful to us as individuals, but it looks like it has a lot of awesome information to arm dads with what moms may need or want during labor etc :)

u/abby621 · 5 pointsr/BabyBumps

Oh! I also have loved The Birth Partner. I feel like it had by far the best explanations of labor and what labor might feel like both for me and for my husband.

u/ChaniB · 3 pointsr/pregnant

The Birth Partner was my favorite book my husband I read in preparation of the birth. Incredibly informative. However, it basically focuses on the latter half of pregnancy and the actual birth and immediate aftermath.

u/aloofly · 3 pointsr/predaddit

Congratulations :D

I was referred to the book The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin ( which is, as far as I can tell, completely devoid of humor.

It is mostly focused on assisting your partner in pregnancy and birth (like explaining what she might be thinking/feeling and what you might be thinking/feeling at various points in pregnancy and labor), and also provides a lot of information for prepping for having a newborn at home, like lists of supplies that are necessary.

It also has a bias towards natural birth and home birth, and against "medicalized birth", but that's easy enough to ignore in favor of the wealth of other information it offers.

Best of luck!

u/sweetlime13 · 3 pointsr/BabyBumps

My midwife recommended The Birth Partner to my husband - she said it's amazing and she recommends it to every birth partner that walks into her office.

There's also The Bradley Method - which is husband-coached childbirth. I've heard good things, but my husband wasn't too into this method since he thinks he might crack.

I'm reading HypnoBirthing now and relaying everything I learn to him. I'm going to pick up The Birth Partner for him from my midwife's lending library for him to read and we're also going to start watching HypnoBirthing classes on YouTube - I'm really hoping that'll be good for us.

u/sassyfras_ · 3 pointsr/BabyBumps

I bought this book for my husband, I skimmed through it and it looks like it will be immensely helpful.

As a side note - the doula does not act in place of your husband, she is there to support both of you and to be there to get coffee, if he needs to take a nap, etc. We are using a doula-in-training who is offering her services for free, maybe you could look into that as well if price is the main issue?

u/HowManyLurks · 2 pointsr/BabyBumps

My SO felt most baby books were really condescending or immature, but so far he's enjoying one my midwife recommended, [The Birth Partner] (

With baby books, I highly recommend you read the samples on amazon before buying, the dad ones especially. :)

Also! Watch the Happiest Baby on The Block videos with him about swaddling and other fantastic ways to calm even colicky babies.

And [here] ( is a 3 part birthing class on youtube. :)

u/throwaway0975790 · 2 pointsr/intj

INTJ here, was informal doula/birth partner for my ENTJ friend. She did not go to any classes and would have hated the happy place things you described. She opted for an epidural.

We both read this book and found it helpful to mentally prepare. IIRC there was quite a bit on pain management:

u/xelman · 2 pointsr/predaddit
u/lps41 · 2 pointsr/predaddit

Give The Birth Partner a read. It was pretty helpful to me. My wife planned to go med-free, but ultimately mid-labor decided to go with the epidural.

Try to pay close attention to her needs. Make sure you always have water (or ice chips, if she ends up having an epidural) close at hand and give them to her every so often. My wife vomited with every contraction, so I also made sure the puke-bucket was close by so I could hand it to her when she needed it. Make sure you know how to get in contact with the nursing staff for her if she needs something.

If she is planning to go med-free, you should discuss ahead of time how she wants you to react if she, in the pains of labor, changes her mind and says she wants something for the pain. Does she want you to be her rock and re-assure her that she can get through it without medicine? Does she want to establish a "safe word" that she can use when she REALLY has changed her mind and doesn't want you to push back?

u/rainbowmoonheartache · 2 pointsr/BabyBumps

Also: If you're more interested in non-epidural methods, I recommend this book for both you and your husband: The Birth Partner -- it's excellent, and the entire thing focuses on labour. It's not a pregnancy-with-a-chapter-on-labour book. :)

u/Nerdy_mama · 2 pointsr/BabyBumps

I'm having a good time with Happiest Baby on the Block (though I think it's really slow and repetitive, and their "conclusions" (it isn't this, this, or this, so it MUST be this) are a bit, uh, presumptuous; I think the book is spot on for how to treat the baby, especially in the "4th trimester") and The Nursing Mother's Companion. And these aren't baby books, but my husband and I are also reading Ina May's Guide to Childbirth and The Birth Partner to prep for labor.

I have a few more books on my shelf to reference just in case, like Sears' The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two (but I am wary of anti-vacc notions of the book), Brain Rules for Baby, and for fun, Experimenting with Babies.

u/quietlyaware · 1 pointr/queerception
u/Uninhibited_Anathema · 1 pointr/Septemberbumpers2017

My favourite's so far have been:

Ina May's Guide to Childbirth

The Birth Book

Birthing from Within

and my husband is reading The Birth Partner

u/idernolinux · 1 pointr/CautiousBB

Little peanut gave me an AWESOME night of sleep last night. I didn't wake up til 5 AM, and even when I woke up, all I had to do was pee. Wasn't nauseous or stomach cramping or anything!

Hopefully all of August (and September) goes this way :)

[EDIT] Oh yeah, DH took me to a Barnes & Nobles after puppy class yesterday and we picked up 3 books!

u/rbanders · 1 pointr/predaddit

I'll try to answer as many of these as best I can from the other side (just had our son in July).

  1. My understanding is that at home pregnancy tests are fairly reliable. It's unlikely it's a false positive but you'll know for sure tomorrow.

  2. It is normal to be both nervous and excited. My wife and I had planned to try for our son for a while before we started and when we got the confirmation I was both thrilled and incredibly nervous. It's a big change so it's totally normal to have some concerns. But it's a really great change as well.

  3. As to questions at the doctor, we mostly asked about what the steps are from the doctor's perspective for going through the pregnancy. The Bump has a list of questions to ask at your first prenatal visit here that you can use as a guide to start if you want but depending on how early it is there may not be a ton of information for you at this point. You'll have plenty of time to ask extra questions at future visits too. I'd recommend starting a Google Doc with any questions you think up randomly so you'll have them all somewhere when you go to the doctor. As far as planning for a baby, for me just learning about the process of pregnancy was a good place to start. You'll need to look at finances, sleeping arrangements and other stuff too at some point but a good first place to start for me was what's going to be potentially happening for the next 9 months. I found The Birth Partner and The Expectant Father to be great resources for me to understand what was happening and how I could help.

  4. Whatever you're feeling is appropriate. It's totally ok to be nervous but you don't need to freak out too much. You'll be able to handle whatever comes your way on this. The fact that your already reaching out for info is a good sign you'll be able to figure out what you need when you need.

u/lov_liv · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

It sounds like you're kind of interested in discussing the birth aspects of your care. Totally reasonable and legit and unfortunately not super common in American medical care. Good for you for at least wanting to learn about it though - it's a pretty big deal and a lot people just let it happen to them.

If you want to teach yourself a bit, you might consider reading the book The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin: Super helpful and not just for birth partners but for pregnant ladies too.

Also, your hospital probably offers a childbirth class that you might consider signing up for. Check their website or ask your doctor's office.

You can also feel free to tell your doctor at your next appointment that you want them to tell you what to expect in labor & delivery.

For non-birth stuff, I'll second the Group B Strep test that /u/snuglasfur mentioned and add that you might ask about getting the the TDaP booster vaccine (recommended by the CDC for women in their third trimester during every pregnancy to help pass immunity on to the baby).