Parenthood arriving: what to read?

Starting from the second month of pregnancy up to the current moment, I think I’ve read dozens of books. Good and bad. So I created a guide of sources which I highly recommend to use on different stages of parenthood. Some sources are in English and some (sorry!) only in Russian.



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  • Bountiful, Beautiful, Blissful: Experience the Natural Power of Pregnancy and Birth with Kundalini Yoga and Meditation by Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa. The book covers every stage of pregnancy and gives a spiritual explanation of your sensations. It gives you a perfect practice for each month to prepare your breath, emotions, and dreams for a birth.




  • Screenshot 2020-03-06 at 11.18.09Placenta – The Forgotten Chakra by Robin Lim. So many times I heard: “So if you gave birth at home, who cut the cord/made a knot on it/thrown away the placenta?” Nobody. The placenta is a very special organ that is created by a woman’s body for her baby to eat/breathe/survive. It is the connection between the mother and the baby. It is his/her sister and the entire world for 9 months. Right after the baby comes out from his home, doctors cut his connection with something he has been together for 9 months. This is the biggest shock for the little one. Even bigger than the birth itself. “How is that? I was eating, sleeping, playing, breathing with the placenta and now she is just thrown away in the trash bin???”

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  • The orgasmic birth movie by Debra Pascali-Bonaro. This documentary is the best guide towards home birth or a natural birth at the hospital. The main idea is that women’s body was created to give birth in peace, relaxation, joy, love, tears, and smiles. It was not designed to give birth in front of the army of doctors looking into her opened legs. Even if you are not interested in alternative birthing options it is good to see the movie to believe in your own strength to birth.



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  • Confident birth (FÖDA UTAN RÄDSLA METODEN) by Susanna Heli. Swedish way looking at the birth, thru the voice and breath. You can buy a book or get a link to webinars for a fair price.




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  • Birth into Being and Birth as we know it  – a water birth method taking it to the next level giving birth in the sea with the dolphins in Russia. Wow! This was fascinating but a little too extreme, that is why I add this source to my “maybe” list. Worth checking their educational courses thought.



  • Screenshot 2020-03-06 at 11.44.56Online course (in Russian) AIRYOGA PERINATAL (Йога с гамаком для беременных) by AIRYOGAACADEMY. I took a course of 16 lessons with professional midwife and a yoga teacher. It gave me a lot of confidence in poses on how to give birth, how to breathe, and what I shouldn’t do when I practice.





  • PScreenshot 2020-03-06 at 11.46.19RENATAL COURSES by Brussels childbirth trust. Definitely a
    great preparation for being a parent in Brussels. If you live in a different city/country try to find a similar course, where you can learn about pregnancy, birth, and childcare with a group of other parents.



  • Screenshot 2020-03-06 at 11.51.40Hypnobirthing by Marie Mongan. A famous method which helps you to focus within as you give birth. Loads of private midwives and doulas are trained in this method. Read a book and find a local course in Hypnobirthing. For sure there is one in your city!






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  • The womanly art of breastfeeding by Diane Wiessinger. My high advice – buy this book and read some parts BEFORE you give birth. After birth, have this book by your side when you breastfeed. It has loads of advice and calms you down when you panic: “Why he is not sucking?/ Why she is not pooping?/ Why it hurts so much?”




  • Screenshot 2020-03-06 at 12.16.01Baby-led Weaning by Gill Rapley. Once the breastfeeding is going perfect, comes a new stage – food! I was quite confused to learn that there are sooo many different theories on what baby should eat. The one explained in this book seems most close to nature for me.





  • Instagram profile and online Screenshot 2020-03-06 at 12.01.08consultations by Wiki.Milk (only in Russian). Just by following her profile on Instagram you can avoid A LOADS OF mistakes and save your nerve cells.



  • Screenshot 2020-03-06 at 12.02.40FITMAMA_MARAFON by Nastia_fit. Fitness for mothers on Instagram (only in Russian). Easy and convenient because you pay 25 euros and sign up for a three weeks sport challenge when you will receive a new fitness session every other day, plus she will be controlling your daily meals intake. You can do all training at home with your baby by your side. I am sure there is more of this in other languages. For me, this training was a lifesaver when my body craved sports and I couldn’t go to the gym.


  • Screenshot 2020-03-06 at 12.11.05“SECRET SUPPORT. ATTACHMENT IN THE LIFE OF A CHILD” by LYUDMILA PETRANOVSKAYA («Тайная опора: привязанность в жизни ребенка», Людмила Петрановская). So far I’ve only seen this book in Russian. It is the best guide on how to understand your child. Why not to let him “cry it out” etc.





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  • “What love? We have kids!” by Yana Kataeva (Какая такая любовь, у нас же дети! Катаева Яна). Amazing and funny book on how to keep a spark in relationships even after there are three of you.






  • Screenshot 2020-03-06 at 12.51.33Parent-Infant Community at International Montessori School in Tervuren. Check if you have one in your city.


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