Birth Buddies Lending Library: Books & Movies

Birth Buddies is establishing a lending library of pregnancy, birth, and early parenting, related books and movies.Reading

Topics include:
– Pregnancy
– Health
– Nutrition
– Exercise
– Labour
– The role of a Doula
– The benefits of Support
– Birth
– Natural Birth
– Active Birth
– Home Birth
– Water Birth
– Breastfeeding
– Bonding
– Consciousness
– Yoga
– Pregnancy/Child Loss
– etc

These lending library items are available in Rondebosch (Southern Suburbs) Cape Town, South Africa. Please Contact Us should you wish to know more about how the lending library works, or to reserve a book or movie for collection.

Books and movies can be loaned for 2 weeks at a time (renewable if more time is required).

Mom & Dad reading togetherNote that Birth Buddies clients receive access to the lending library as part of the service provided to them.

Anyone else wishing to borrow a book or movie will be required to submit a R200 security deposit, which will be refunded in full (or in part if the book/video is damaged or not returned for an extended amount of time) when the item is returned.

This allows you to read the book or watch the movie in the comfort of your own home and in your own time. It will also allow you to share the book with your partner, other children, mother, friend or anyone else sharing in the special time of your pregnancy.

The following Books are currently available:

The Doula Advantage: Your Complete Guide to Having an Empowered and Positive Birth with the Help of a Professional Childbirth Assistant.
Author: Rachel Gurevich



The Doula Book: How a Trained Labor Companion Can Help You Have a Shorter, Easier, and Healthier Birth.
Author: Marshall H. Klaus



Partners in Birth: Your Complete Guide to Helping a Mother Give Birth
Author: Kathy Cain



Active Birth, Revised Edition: The New Approach to Giving Birth Naturally – I also have a first edition from the early 1980s.
Author: Janet Balaskas



New Natural Pregnancy: Practical Wellbeing from Conception to Birth
Author: Janet Balaskas



Preparing for Birth with Yoga: an old edition but still has much useful information.
Author: Janet Balaskas



Yoga For Pregnancy: a union of body, mind and spirit.
Author: Amber Land




The New Pregnancy & Childbirth: choices and challenges.
Author: Shiela Kitzinger



Stand and Deliver!: And Other Brilliant Ways to Give Birth
Author: Emma Mahony



Mommy Please Don’t Cry: There Are No Tears in Heaven. “Mommy, Please Don’t Cry is a book of love and comfort for mothers who have experienced the deep sorrow of losing a child. Serene illustrations frame gentle words that describe heaven from a child’s perspective.
Author: Linda Deymaz

The Great Ormond Street New Baby and Child Care Book A very comprehensive pregnancy and child-care book. At 640 pages of straight text, uncluttered by drawings or photographs, the style is not dense; it remains very readable and can be read from start to finish–take a journey through your child’s conception and early years–or dipped into using the index.
Author: Tessa Hilton (Author), Maire Messenger (Author), Philip Graham (Editor)

More book titles to be added soon.

Mom & Dad watch a movie
The following movies are currently available:

Birth As We Know it: Educational Edition. A profoundly moving film showing conscious, gentle birth and spiritual midwifery.
by: Elena Tonetti-Vladimorova

Gentle Birth Choices: Gentle and natural ways to give birth. This DVD blends interviews of midwives and physicians with footage of six different birth experiences.
by: Barbara Harper

Kangaroo Mother Care: Rediscover the Natural Way. This video summarises research and evidence to prove that the newborn thrives best in its original rightful place – on its mother’s chest.
by: Dr Nils Bergman

More videos to be listed soon.


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