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Books



  • Natural Hospital Birth, by Cynthia Gabriel.
  • -An excellent resource for those pursuing a non-medicated birth, lots of good tips and practical ideas for in labor.

  • Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn, by Penny Simkin, Janet Whalley and Ann Kepler.
  • -Encyclopedic in nature, covering many topics in extensive detail for before, during, and after birth.

  • The Birth Book, by William and Martha Sears.
  • -Comprehensive, well balanced information on all things birth. Dr. Sears and his wife (a nurse) had 8 children, including home births.

  • A Good Birth, by Anne Lyerly, M.D.
  • -Interesting project interviewing moms about what made their births good. Looks beyond physical circumstances to the intangibles of respect, trust, security, and control.

  • Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering, by Sarah J. Buckley, M.D.
  • -A detailed description of the hormonal process of birth and how to support it. Also strongly encourages attachment parenting.

  • Natural Childbirth The Bradley Way, by Susan McCutcheon-Rosegg, Erick Ingraham, and Robert A. Bradley.
  • -An oldie, but goodie. Heavy on the husband coached labor, but very helpful descriptions of the stages of labor and how to know where you are. Not recommended for a coffe table book due to the shocking pictures!

  • Ina May's Guide to Childbirth, by Ina May Gaskin.
  • -A classic! Many personal stories from moms included along with the author's experience and wisdom of years of supporting natural childbirth.

  • Giving Birth, by Catherine Taylor.
  • -Written by a pregnant journalist, researching birth while making her own personal decisions about where to birth.

  • Born in the USA, by Marsden Wagner.
  • -Quite disturbing book that highlights majors issues in our maternity care system, demonstrating the significance of which medical provider you choose.

  • Birthing from Within, by Pam England.
  • -Very helpful with mental preparation and expectations. Includes art projects and journal activities.

  • Vaccines 2.0:The Careful Parent's Guide to Making Safe Vaccination Choices for Your Family, by Mark Blaxill and Dan Olmsted.
  • -Highlights risks and benefits on each individual vaccine and options to consider.