When "What to Expect" just isn't enough.

Countdown to baby? Let DPL help you prepare for the arrival of your little one with our massive collection of baby books and dvds. Besides, what else are you going to read in the waiting room?

If you're anything like me, the minute you find out you're pregnant you'll immediately go out and purchase your own brand new copy of What to Expect When You're Expecting.  If you're anything like me, you'll curl up in bed with it and study it religiously until you fall asleep at 7:00 p.m.--if you can stay up that late in your first trimester. If you're anything like me, you'll soon find yourself dreaming about car-seat/stroller combos and infant layettes.

But what happens when you need more than "What to Expect" to prepare you for what to expect? Or you're more of a visual learner? Or you want more than one opinion on diaper rash? Or you're just so darn excited about the arrival of your little one that you can't get your hands on enough infant information?!? (Sorry, lost control for a minute there.) Well, don't worry. We at the Denver Public Library have got you covered--and you don't even have to buy anything. Believe me, you'll need to save that money for diapers.

Oh, and congratulations, by the way. You're glowing!

Here are a few of my favorites. Can't wait to hear about yours!

What to expect when you're expecting

Pregnancy from conception to caring for your newborn baby (DVD)

Your newborn: head to toe: everything you want to know about your baby's health through the first year

Laugh and learn about childbirth (DVD)

You & your baby pregnancy: the ultimate week-by-week pregnancy guide

Written by New Mommy on June 23, 2010


Britta on June 29, 2010


My absolute favorite book during my pregnancy last summer was "The Birth Partner - A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and all other Labor Companions" by Penny Simkin. After borrowing it from the DPL my husband and I started reading it simultaneously. This book was the best guide through childbirth we could have wished for. Simkin wrote a wonderful, non-biased, non-political understanding of the birth process. Although she wrote it for the "birth partner", it is truly wonderful information for moms, as well. Especially in these days of fear-based maternity care, Simkin's guide is a antidote. She really covers all the aspects of childbirth and I would recommend it for all first time parents to be... :)


Thank you, Britta, for your recommendation and for sharing a little about this book with us!  With so many childbirth books out there written just for mommy, it's great to know there are materials available for all types of birth partners, too!

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