Dadly Dads and Amazing Mums
Scheduled for release in June 2017, Dadly Dads features a selection of 115 fathers from around the globe and their stories about parenting. This coffee table collection will inspire conversation about the
refreshing, positive images of 21st century fathers as responsible, competent, active and nurturing parents.
Scheduled for release in August 2017, Amazing mums also features 115 mothers from around the globe. These books are uplifting representations of parenting in the 21st Century adding to your repertoire of positivity around becoming a mum. Also, I am lucky to be featured in Amazing Mums!
I was referred this book by a mum to four kids who praised its power in positivity. I attribute my lack of fear around birthing to this book and its honest and positive recount of natural births.
The stories in this book highlight the over medicalisation in Australia, UK and USA and offers an alternative view point, one of women empowerment and the natural order of birthing as part of human nature and development. This book is essential reading for naturalist births or anyone scared of labour. It is detailed and descriptive and hides no meaning to the nature of birthing in our modern world.
Netflix released this addition its film archive a couple of years ago and it is a must-watch for any pregnant mums. It follows the stories of four very different families from the time of birth through their early years’ development.
The film features uplifting and insightful commentary on the way that cultures raise their kids and the impact this has not only on families, but also on mothers. View the film with an open mind and heart, remembering the resources available to mums in each situation. It will liven your day… and enlighten you mind!
This book by the Australian Breastfeeding Association provides an honest overview of breastfeeding plus a thorough index of how to find help for any issues like supply, weaning, mastitis and extended breastfeeding.
The content is compiled based on the most recent research making it relevant and accessible for expectant and new mums like. You receive a free copy of the book when you become a member of the Association. Well worth the price!
In 2014 as I was in the early stages of preparing for the pregnancy of Master X, I spent a bit of time watching 1BEM. This series provides some insight into birthing principles of many Western nations – high intervention, high pain. I watched each episode with growing dread for what was to come.
I was lucky though to have been referred by a friend to engage with low-intervention perspectives on birth (hence reading Ina May Gaskin’s book). Although I don’t doubt that complications and pain are a very real factor for some women, we need more positive images of birthing that is centred on love. As one mum said to me ‘we made them in love so they should be birthed in love.’
I borrowed this book off a friend in 2015 as I was nearing the end of our first pregnancy. I was expecting a humorous yet relatable insight into pregnancy and early motherhood but instead I was again faced with high-intervention and almost a loveless tale of birthing.
I think this is a certain type of humour that I just did not find to be useful to engage with during pregnancy and early motherhood.
Sleep is such a big part of newborn family life and we place a lot of emphasis on getting enough sleep. After reading Ina May Gaskin I realised that sleep is just a thing that kids either get, or they don’t. Our son never got sleep and reading Save out Sleep in those early days only did more to stress us out about what we were missing out on.
I did re-read the book chapters pertinent to us when Master X was over a year old when I gratefully borrowed it from a friend. Research shows that kids in the early infancy phases are meant to wake during the night and day as part of their in-built survival skills. Once they turn one year old though I deemed it time to get this sleep train on its tracks. That lasted for about 4 months until a trip coupled with a developmental leap ran us back to co-sleeping territory. I guess Mr A and I will have sex some day in the future…. Even though it seeming a fairly distant future at this stage!