Ok, this is a bit of a stretch. I am counting: “Hypnobirthing” (Marie Mongan) as a book I was meaning to read. I received it in September from a friend. I read it in October. I was meaning to read it WITH Scott, but that’s the closest we can get to intentionality. This book was so not worth reading (I say months later), so I want points.
I have a difficult time suspending my disbelief when it comes to taking advice from a book. I don’t necessarily believe that it’s possible to weather contractions by simply visualizing rainbow mists surrounding my body. I also think it’s a wonderful image to “breathe the baby out” rather than pushing. But whether these tactics will work for everyone? Not likely.
But I did like the focus on breathing. In hindsight, it might have been best to hitch my wagon to the Lamaze horse. But I did use balloon breathing to get through the first 3-4 hours of labour before the epidural.
But the lasting influence of the book? I still have the rainbow mist meditation bookmarked on my phone for those nights when I’ve spent so much time trying to stay awake with a cranky baby that once she falls asleep, I struggle to as well. It’s like magic, every time!