During my first pregnancy, I spent all my free time reading books, cover to cover, that would help me mother my baby, but I didn’t read one thing about mothering myself! After my daughter’s birth, I found that I was the one in need of soothing and tender loving care. Fortunately, the following books were recommended by my doula and answered many of my questions, eased my fears, and provided practical tips to empower me in my new role as mother–true life savers!
Mothering the New Mother: Women’s Feelings and Needs After Childbirth a Support and Resource Guide: by Sally Placksin
Health practitioners and new moms unite in this great read to give practical suggestions for overcoming many common issues faced by women during the postpartum period. Also included are checklists, reading lists, and a prenatal and postpartum questionnaire to help assess needs and plan for the postpartum period and beyond.
How to Make a New Mother Happy: A Doctor’s Guide to Solving Her Most Common Problems–Quickly and Effectively: by Uzzi and Yfat Reiss
Written by a doctor who is passionate about holistic care, this book provides excellent tips on solving many postpartum health concerns naturally.
The New Mom’s Companion: Care for Yourself While You Care for Your Newborn: by Debra Rosenberg
Rosenberg eases the transition to motherhood by addressing many new moms’ most common concerns, such as: “Can I still be a good mother when I feel so frustrated and still want so much time for myself?” and “Why are my husband and I arguing over who had the harder day?” From questions about managing changing relationships to stretch marks…the answers are all here.
Kristen Kardos, MA Ed., and Kathy McGuigan, MSW, the co-founders of RI New Moms Connection, provide affordable, accessible pregnancy and new mom groups throughout Rhode Island. In “Tips for New Moms” they share their knowledge, resources, and helpful ideas for moms just beginning their journey into parenthood or moms who may need a little refresher.
Editor’s Note: Although “Tips for New Moms” is written with the new mom in mind–to support women in their journey through motherhood–it is certainly not the authors’ intention to exclude dads. Every new parent will find their tips, resources, and insights helpful. I invite all moms and dads to share ideas on how they manage their new role as a parent with Kidoinfo in the comments below.