Saturday, June 06, 2009

Media and Resources for Pregnancy

Parenthood is one of those endeavors that sometimes doesn't get the preparation it deserves. I can't understand why people might think that the physiological changes and responsibility of nurturing a forming human being would require little to no study because it's what "we're meant to do." I guess the assumption is made that the example of one's parents serve as the template and will teach you most of what you need to know. But while I think my parents did a fine job and I will emulate some of what they did, I also believe that learning and applying the skills, tools and knowledge that it takes to be a successful parent (not just getting by) takes discipline and focus. After all, I went to college for 4 years just to form the baseline of my professional aptitude and this seems to fall into a headier endeavor than learning how to produce the news or make a video documentary.

While there are so many great resources out there for pregnancy and childbirth preparation, it can be overwhelming. Personally, though I can't get enough of it. If one were to come to our house right now, they'd find all sorts of media regarding pregnancy & parenting scattered about. Because I love lists, I thought it might be helpful to compile all the books, podcasts, videos and websites that we are looking at.

Books:
This is my favorite resource for what changes are going on for me, the growth of the baby and ideas for exercise.
Already mentioned how helpful this is in sorting through establishing the registry and figuring out what baby gear you may need.
We're still working on names but this helped. The book also includes Polynesian and First Nation names if you are seeking them.
This is a collection of stories that showcase the not so pretty but still poignant side of parenthood. It's a good grounding reference.
This is supposedly the quintessential book that almost all expectant parents have. I am not fond of the monthly format (I prefer weekly or even daily) and it seems like this book contains all the bad things that can happen. It's a helpful book to have but not the only one you should read.
Our doula told us that there are only 5 things you need to know from this book and she could tell us these things in 15 minutes. We still have the book for reference though.
This book was given to us by Sue and has lots of pictures/photos of the developing fetus and what mom is going through. It's older but still something cool to track progress with.
A humorous look at pregnancy and childbirth through still photos of posed, plastic chicks.

A comprehensive guide to "attachment parenting" from birth and beyond.
A humorous guide to good and bad ways of dealing with the baby's daily needs plus a "responsibility spinner" to help mom & dad decide who's going to change the next diaper.
A "dry & picture-less" guide to things that Ken says he already knows. But still probably a good reference for most dads to take a look at.

If you're fascinated by all the changes you and baby are going through on a daily basis and you want to keep a journal, this is a book for you.

Honestly, we haven't cracked this one yet. Have no idea if it's good or not.

Magazine:
Parenting
While it has some great idea cards you can rip out and take with you to entertain antsy children, this is mostly a collection of ads sprinkled with moderately interesting articles about parenthood.

DVDs:
We've watched this twice now. Fascinating chronicle of an English couple's pregnancy with 2-D, 3-D & 4-D images of their baby plus some graphical representations based on those images to show what babies do in the womb. Done by National Geographic. It's awesome.

Laugh and Learn about Childbirth
This came highly recommended by our neighbors and we will watch this soon.

The Gift of Motherhood (Book & DVD)
This came from my medical insurance company and we will watch this soon.


Podcasts (both available on iTunes):
Pea In the Podcast
Great weekly podcast to give you some in-depth discussion on a topic that is relevant to the stage of development you are in. Guest hosted with an OBGYN.
A Massachusetts couple logs their personal journey into parenthood with stories, advice and feedback from listeners.

Websites:
www.thebump.com
www.babycenter.com
www.americanpregnancy.org


Any other suggestions?


4 comments:

Mamymamamom said...

Kali, I know you're mostly talking about pregnancy, but for parenting, I recommend "Child of Mine: Feeding with Love and good sense" by Ellen Satter, "Parenting with Love and Logic" by Jim Faye, "Practical Parenting for the 21st Century" by Julie A. Ross, "Understanding your child's temperament" by William Carey, "Raising your Spirited child" by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka

Amy F.

Denise said...

We also signed up for the Swedish emails, which came weekly.

I really enjoyed Birthing From Within by Pam England and still own it, so you can borrow it. If you can get through some of the hippie pregnancy art, it has some VERY empowering insights to natural childbirth and the process, in general.

Another excellent resource for Brett was The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin. I also liked it because it helped me understand what to ask for in a partner for the experience. Brett was THE BEST for both babies. He was stable, consistent, caring and super helpful.

Ian said...

Absolutely fascinating: "what's going on in there" a brilliant look at brain development

The Helpdesk said...

Avoid this crib!

http://www.dadcentric.com/2009/06/wondering-what-to-give-satan-as-a-shower-gift.html