Mama, Talk About When Max Was Born (children’s book)


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Mama, Talk About When Max Was Born

Beautiful and warm recounting of Max’s home waterbirth.

Children will want to read it again and again!

Max’s older sister likes to hear about when Mama first learned that she was pregnant; about seeing the midwives; about preparing for Max’s arrival and finally his birth in their living room.  Mama, Talk About When Max Was Born is a sweet and normalizing look at home water birth for young children.

Published 2011

Author:  Toni Olson

Illustrator:  S. Marie Carlson


“Mother’s are always asking me if there are any books about waterbirth to prepare older siblings. Toni Olson and illustrator, S. Marie Carlson have finally given us the very book that every mother and father will love. Sensitively written, beautifully illustrated and short to hold a toddler’s attention, it is a treasure. Thank you, Toni, for sharing Max’s birth with the world.”
Barbara Harper, author Gentle Birth Choices and founder of Waterbirth International​
Glenda, Wisconsin
“Mama, Talk About When Max Was Born is a fun, insightful book about a beautiful home water birth. The story is easy to read and is enjoyable for young children. It also is a good tool to have to prepare older siblings for home births. The illustrations are lovely with bright colors and fantastic images. Overall, a must have for anyone having a home birth!”


“Mama, Talk About When Max Was Born is a beautifully crafted children’s book that has fun, lively pictures and a wholesome narration from mother to child about having a water birth at home. A book like this is a rare find for families looking to talk to their kids about an upcoming birth and what to expect, and it can set the stage for children to understand the road ahead as well as ask questions and be involved with the birth experience. I look forward to adding this children’s book to my family’s collection!”

Anna, California

Additional information

Weight 0.5 lbs
Dimensions 9 × 6 × 0.5 in



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