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Womb Wonders: Ten Moons of Magic, by Jill Diana Chasse, Magic of Motherhood, 2011; and Mommy's Lap, by Jill Diana Chasse and Malachi Chasse, Create Space, 2010. Jill Diana Chasse's newest books are worthy additions to the growing body of resources available to parents and professionals who are interested in the time before birth. Chasse's Womb Wonders truly is a wonder of information and resources for creating a nurturing, welcoming, and holistically centered birth experience. She is the expert birthing planner! Chasse nicely weaves together pre- and perinatal research and personal stories, while drawing from a wide variety of sources and traditions. With evidenced based tools and a diversity of cultural rituals, she provides a wealth of inspiring ways to welcome and bond with prenates and also support parents in their birthing journeys. Her writing style is simple, clear, persuasive but not prescriptive, and invites the reader to slow and pace herself in a way that supports the prenatal and perinatal material she is presenting. Reading this book leaves the reader feeling calm, happy, and grateful. Chasse has shared all she has learned! Likewise, Mommy's Lap, (written by Chasse and her son, Malachi) is a sweet little book that gives families a chance to bond through reading together about what a positive birth experience can be like for a child. Womb Twin Survivors, by Althea Hayton, Wren Publications, 2011. This book is a gift to not just the prenatal and perinatal psychology community; it is a gift to society as a whole. As Hayton masterfully illustrates, it is amazing how broadly the subject matter of womb twin loss and survival affects millions of people across the globe, and yet it is so little in conscious awareness. Her comprehensive work changes that and serves to enlighten us all on what it is to be a womb twin survivor. She has painstakingly articulated the complex processes of the development of multiples in the womb, taking the reader through the many ways twins and multiples are connected physically, emotionally, and psychologically. Hayton covers a broad spectrum of clinical research and includes fascinating firsthand accounts of those who have suffered the loss of a sibling perinatally. Hayton expertly documents the identifying psychological and physiological characteristics of womb twin loss and provides excellent direction for healing the many painful emotions and life shaping despair these survivors can share. This wonderful accomplishment by Hayton serves as a primer for those who wish to learn more about the power of the very early experiences of multiples in the womb. It is also a treasure to those who have survived such a painful loss and will help ease their loneliness and offer hope and guidance for positive and healing change. Don't miss adding this book to your prenatal and perinatal literature. It is an essential read!