I’ve always been an avid reader, and once I became pregnant, I knew that I wanted to focus on reading books that would prepare me for childbirth and parenthood. However, I also wanted to spend most of my time on books that would do so from a Christian perspective. These books touched my heart deeply as they revealed God’s heart for pregnancy, childbirth, and parenthood, and I know that they’ll touch your heart, as well. Keep reading as I share with you my top 3 life-changing books for the Christian mom-to-be.
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Though not written from a Christian perspective, Ina May’s Guide To Childbirth changed my life. Ina May Gaskin is commonly known as the nation’s top midwife, and for good reason. She has delivered thousands of babies and has one of the lowest medical intervention rates in the America. This book includes two sections. The first section is full of stories from women who delivered with Ina May or one of her midwife partners. The second section, especially great for new moms, is comprised of explanations of virtually everything surrounding childbirth.
I considered not including this book on my list since it is not written from a Christian perspective. In fact, some of the stories in the first section include new age and other anti-Christian religious beliefs. I chose simply to skip those stories, but some may choose to skip the book entirely because of that reason. However, there are two reasons I did include The Guide To Childbirth in this list.God's heart for pregnancy, childbirth, and parenthood are revealed through these 3 books! Click To Tweet
Reason number one is that it is empowering. All of the stories are of strong women who gave birth naturally in a variety of circumstances. In the second section, the explanations do not present childbirth as something to fear, but as an incredible experience that strengthens and empowers a women to be her strongest. I think this is something that God wants to teach us, as well. The second reason I included this book is because it calmed so many of my anxieties. As a first-time mom, there were a lot of things about birth that I simply didn’t know, and Google can only tell you so much. Ina May gently walks you through the entire labor and birth process, explaining what exactly is happening in your body and how best to deal with it. So many women, even Christian women, are afraid to have children, and many of those fears are of the unknown. By learning about childbirth and what to expect, we can surrender those fears to God and develop our trust in Him. If you’re looking for a book that will calm your fears about birth and assure you that you can do this, look no further than Ina May’s Guide To Childbirth.
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Written by William and Martha Sears (yep, those Sears), The Ministry of Parenting Your Baby was originally published in 1990. I believe it’s been republished under a different name, which means you can get the original version for a very low price. This book was given to us by Caleb’s parents, and as we read through it together, it really opened our eyes and our hearts to attachment parenting and the blessing of being able to nurture and connect with your baby from birth through the first year of their life (and beyond).
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God has given parents the amazing ability to connect with their baby in the first few years of life, and the Sears walk you through exactly how to do that. From breastfeeding to baby wearing to co-sleeping and more, the authors (a pediatrician and a nurse) talk about the pros and cons and what your baby needs from you. They highly recommend the philosophy of attachment parenting, which simply promotes parental responsiveness to the baby as well as physical closeness (such as baby wearing). What I love most about The Ministry of Parenting Your Baby is that in each chapter, the Sears not only tell you why they recommend a certain parenting method, but why that method reflects the heart of God and teaches His heart to your children. Their entire goal is to promote parental closeness to the child in order to demonstrate God’s closeness to the child. It’s a beautiful relationship. If you’re looking for a book that will teach you how to reveal the heart of God to your children even from birth, I highly recommend The Ministry of Parenting Your Baby.
If you follow me on Instagram, you saw me talk about this book quite a bit leading up to Selah’s birth. Redeeming Childbirth, written by fellow blogger Angie Tolpin, truly changed my mindset towards labor and childbirth. Angie is the mother of seven children, all of whom were born naturally in a variety of circumstances (hospital, birth center, etc.). She sees birth not as a trial, a struggle, an inconvenience, or something to simply “get through,” but as a time of sanctification and growth with the Lord.
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Angie shares with her readers each of her children’s birth stories, and along the way demonstrates how you can have a holy time of communion with God throughout the labor and birth experience. She discusses how to pray and worship during the pain, how to take the focus off of you and put it onto God, and how to grow your relationships with your family, your husband, and your Savior through the sanctifying process of childbirth. Redeeming Childbirth is truly counter-cultural and shows us how the church needs to experience birth differently than the world. If you only read one book during your pregnancy, please let it be Redeeming Childbirth.Every Christian mom-to-be needs to read these books! #pregnancy #Christianmom Click To Tweet
Now it’s your turn. Have you read any of these books? What other books would you recommend for the Christian mom-to-be?