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Ready for Birth & Baby Workbook, 2nd Edition (2019)

Our Ready for Birth & Baby Workbook is a gold mine of essential resources for navigating pregnancy, labor and birth, and the early weeks postpartum. Author Patty Brennan has been a childbirth educator since 1983. She draws on a wealth of experience supporting expectant and new parents as a midwife and doula. Integrating holistic approaches with a comprehensive overview of core childbirth preparation topics, the workbook is a thorough guide, with great tools childbirth educators can use in class. Here is a sampling of topics:

  • Avoiding hazards during pregnancy
  • Choosing your support team
  • Ensuring baby is in a good position for birth
  • Managing your fears
  • Tips on what to bring with you to the birth center or hospital
  • Cheat sheet for the birth partner
  • Steps for reducing the risk of a cesarean
  • Breastfeeding primer
  • Choosing a pediatrician
  • Newborn sleep strategies
  • Recipe for a postpartum herbal healing bath
  • And much more!

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Guide to Homeopathic Remedies for the Birth Bag, 5th Edition (2014)

This compact book is designed to provide a practical, quick, clinical reference guide that birth attendants can easily slip into their birth bags. Seventy-five key remedies are briefly summarized for their applications in midwifery practice or self-care. Prenatal problems, complications arising during labor and birth, and postpartum complaints of both mom and baby are covered. Featuring:

  • a post-cesarean regimen to speed the healing process and reduce the need for pain medications
  • a protocol to turn breech babies or reposition the posterior baby in late pregnancy
  • a recommended birth kit of homeopathic remedies for midwives
  • case taking hints

The 5th edition features an expanded therapeutic applications or repertory designed to facilitate expedient choice of a remedy during labor. In addition, you will find short essays on:

  • How does homeopathy differ from herbalism?
  • How quickly should a person respond to a remedy?
  • How do I know when to repeat a remedy?

Written by a midwife for midwives, mothers and anyone who works with pregnant, birthing, or breastfeeding mothers and their babies. Find out why this is the "go-to" reference book for thousands of midwives!

Vaccines & Informed Choice: Everything Parents Need to Know, 6th Edition (2015)

This book serves as a guide for parents seeking to make an informed choice regarding childhood vaccination. All vaccines are not equal, each vaccine is a choice, and each family has a unique risk profile. See this condensed resource for sorting it all out.

We begin with the case against compulsory vaccination including a discussion on the role of the government in ensuring vaccine safety, the process by which vaccines become mandated, vaccine efficacy and the concept of herd immunity.

Each disease is considered as follows:

  • definition of the agent that causes the disease and method of transmission,
  • disease symptoms,
  • available allopathic treatments,
  • vaccine history and effectiveness, and
  • vaccine risks.

Emphasis is placed on how to prevent adverse vaccine reactions. There is much that informed parents who choose to vaccinate, or partially vaccinate, can do!

Excellent materials on enhancing the immune system naturally are featured (a good idea regardless of your choice). These include a discussion on the germ theory of disease, the meaning of symptoms and the suppression of symptoms, holistic modalities, a special section on fevers, foods and herbal sources of important immune system nutrients, antibiotic abuse, "family winter health tea" recipe, and how to stimulate a weakened immune system.

Homeopathy is presented as:

  • a method of preventing and treating acute and chronic vaccine reactions,
  • a prophylactic after exposure to the disease or during epidemics, and
  • a treatment modality to limit the course and severity of the diseases if contracted.

Resources are included for understanding, exercising and preserving parents' legal right to vaccine waivers and how to deal with coercion.

A Lass from Ozzy (Legacy Edition, 2019) by Margaret Killeya Smith, edited by Patty Brennan

A Lass from Ozzy is the life story of Margaret Killeya Smith, a young “lass” growing up in poverty in England during World War II and emigrating to America at the age of 18. The book is a legacy project, written for her children and grandchildren, as Margaret, now 91 years old, realizes she “is getting old.” From her birth in her beloved hometown of Oswaldtwistle (aka Ozzy), through World War II, a harrowing transatlantic journey on the Queen Elizabeth I, and her transformation from country lass to suburban housewife and mother, Margaret spins a compelling account of growing up in war-torn England and life beyond. Her vivid prose transports the reader to purple-heathered moors, dank air raid shelters, USO dances and post-war Detroit. A strong, smart, resourceful woman emerges from this story, one who faces challenges head-on from a very early age, yet always appreciates nature, beauty, music and dancing. Whether you’re a history buff, an Anglophile, or just someone who enjoys a well-told tale, A Lass from Ozzy will not disappoint!

As end-of-life doulas work with individuals facing death, we often support the life review process and can assist in the creation of legacy projects. Legacy projects can take many forms. This project was a collaborative effort, as Margaret’s daughter-in-law took her handwritten pages and transcribed them, and Patty turned those pages into a book for future generations of the Smith and Killeya families. And you! (Available on Amazon)