Recently, we were asked to take a look at POP: 50 Amazing Secrets to a Successful Labor & Delivery or C-section, by Pamela Peery. We happily obliged, because who doesn’t love a good secret?

And, we thought it would be fun to do our own, NaturallyBorn take on this theme. Our mamas are so prolific and generous with their advice that we thought we’d challenge our mamas as follows:

What is the ONE piece of advice, or the juiciest “secret” you could share, about childbirth?

Tell us below in the comments for a chance to win a copy of POP! Even if you are not pregnant now, it makes a great gift for an expecting mom in your life.

I’ll even kick things off. See the first comment associated with this post. 🙂

Here’s a bit more about the book itself…

We love the idea behind POP. Most pregnancy books are entirely too long. Not POP. This book gets straight to the point by providing practical advice, accompanied by the personal experiences of other moms.

First-time moms, who are overwhelmed by the sheer volume of birth advice out there, will appreciate the concise format of this little book. It’s an exceptionally easy read and would make a great reference when building your birth plan and packing your hospital/birth center bag.

Tips for Nursing Moms
Tips for Expectant Mothers
Tips for Traveling While Pregnant
Tips for Pregnant Women with Herpes Simplex Virus

Because of our focus on natural parenting, a couple of chapters gave us pause. For example, anyone planning on a natural birth will want to skip over the “Epidural” chapter and go straight to the “Natural Childbirth” chapter.

There, you’ll find Tip #39, which is particularly near and dear to our hearts: “DON’T BE AFRAID—YOUR BODY IS MADE TO GIVE BIRTH WITHOUT DRUGS.”

We also hesitated momentarily over the “C-section” mentioned in the subtitle of the book but quickly came to our senses: even the best-laid birth plans should have a “what if” clause in the event a C-section is necessary.

(I’m a prime example. My first child was delivered via an emergency C-section, which was probably more traumatic than it had to be because I was so utterly unprepared for even the possibility of having a C-section. But that’s a story for another day.)

Our only quibble is the subtitle of the book. We think “tips” would have been more appropriate than “amazing secrets”, as we were a bit disappointed that the so-called secrets weren’t nearly as juicy or amazing as we’d hoped.

But take that with a grain of salt: we talk about pregnancy and childbirth all day long here at NaturallyBorn, so there isn’t much that can shock or surprise us anymore!

First-time moms may, indeed, find advice in POP that they don’t find elsewhere. But even if the advice itself isn’t novel, it is certainly more accessible thanks to the unique, short format.

While POP certainly isn’t, and doesn’t profess to be, a complete guide to childbirth, it’s a nice complement to a pregnancy library.

Ready to win your free copy? In the comments below, share the ONE piece of advice thing you wish you had known, or wish someone had told you before you went into labor!