Book Recommendations

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West Auckland Parents Centre recommendations:

Up the Duff: The Real Guide to Pregnancy

Up The Duff

by Kaz Cooke

In this top-selling, most respected pregnancy book KAZ COOKE gives you the up-to-date lowdown on pregnancy, birth and coping when you first get home. No bossy-boots rules, just lots of cartoons and the soundest, sanest, wittiest advice you’ll ever get.

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What to Expect When You're Expecting

What To Expect When You’re Expecting

by Heidi E. Murkoff and Sharon Mazel

A revised and updated version of this bestselling pregnancy book, for a new generation of expectant mums. It incorporates the most recent developments in obstetrics and addresses current lifestyle trends, from tattooing…

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NZ pregnancy book

 

NZ Pregnancy Book

by C. Benn, S. Pullon and D. Allen

Purchase your copy from West Auckland Parents Centre for $51.00 plus postage (RRP $54.95).

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Our child birth educators also recommend the following:

Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering: A Doctor's Guide to Natural Childbirth and Gentle Early Parenting Choices

Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering

by Sarah Buckley

Sarah Buckley might be called a third-wave natural birth advocate. A doctor and a mother, she approaches the question of how a woman and baby might have the most fulfilling birth experience with respect for the wisdom of both medical science and the human body.

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The User's Guide to the New Zealand Pregnancy

The Users Guide to the NZ Pregnancy

by Nicola Miller-Clendon

Includes practical information on the physical changes a woman can expect during the pregnancy, as well as a plain language guide to the technology, testing regimes and bureaucratic form-filling encountered along the way.

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The User's Guide to the New Zealand Baby

The Users Guide to the NZ Baby

by Nicola Miller-Clendon

Provides practical advice and realistic guidelines on child development from birth to eighteen months, providing current information on well-child care provided in the New Zealand environment, reflecting New Zealand child rearing practices.

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Bestfeeding: Why Breastfeeding is Best for You and Your Baby

Bestfeeding: Why Breastfeeding is Best for You and Your Baby

by Renfrew, Fisher & Arms

This book is the culmination of 40-plus years of hands-on experience from three dedicated and internationally respected authors. Newly updated, it blends academic knowledge, clinical expertise, and practical skills to educate first-time and experienced mothers alike.

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The Happiest Baby on the Block

The Happiest Baby on the Block

by Harvey Karp

Karp recommends a series of five steps designed to imitate the uterus. These steps include swaddling, side/stomach position, shhh sounds, swinging and sucking. The book includes detailed advice on the proper way to swaddle a child, the difference between a gentle rocking versus shaking and more. According to the author, virtually all babies will respond to these strategies…

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Active Birth: The New Approach to Giving Birth Naturally

Active Birth: The New Approach to Giving Birth Naturally

by Anne Balaskas

Recommends squatting, sitting, and kneeling postions for childbirth, explains the advantages of this approach, and demonstrates helpful stretching exercises.

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The Complete Book of Natural Pregnancy and Childcare: Conceiving, Giving Birth, and Raising Your Child the Way Nature Intended, from Birth to Age 5 - An Essential Companion Guide for Every Parent and Carer

The Complete Book of Natural Pregnancy and Childcare

by Anne Charlish, Kim Davies and Sara Lewis

Conceiving, giving birth, and raising your child the way nature intended, from birth to age 5; an essential companion guide for every parent and carer The ultimate natural guide for new parents, from conception to pre-school, illustrated throughout with over 1000 stunning colour photographs and clear artworks.

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