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Many educational resources offer detailed information on birthing and home-birth. These are just a few of our favorites.


Preparation for Birth (Books)

Spiritual Midwifery, by Ina May Gaskin

Real Food for Pregnancy, by Lily Nichols, RDN, CDE

The Birth Partner, by Penny Simkin

Surrendering to Motherhood, Iris Krasnow

The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth, Henci Goer

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth, Ina May Gaskin

The Business of Being Born, Ricki Lake (Documentary)

Why Not Home? (Documentary)

Pushed: The Painful Truth About Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care, Jennifer Block

Methods of Childbirth, Constance A. Bean

Active Birth, Janet Balaskas

Born in the USA: How a Broken Maternity System Must Be Fixed to Put Women and Children First, Dr. Marsden Wagner

Prenatal Parenting, Fredrick Wirth

Birth Your Way, Sheila Kitzinger

The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth, Sheila Kitzinger

What Every Pregnant Woman Should Know, Dr. Tom Brewer

Sit Up and Take Notice!, Order through Midwifery Today Online

Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way, Susan Rosegg-McCutcheon

Children at Birth, Jay and Marjie Hathaway

A Good Birth, A Safe Birth, Diana Korte and Roberta Scaer

Parenting (Books)

The Baby Book, William and Martha Sears

Attachment Parenting, Katie Allison Granju

The Family Bed, Tine Thevenin

The Immunization Decision, Randall Neustaedter

How to Raise A healthy Child…In Spite of Your Doctor, Dr. Robert Mendelson, MD

Preparing Siblings (Books)

Baby on the way, William Sears, M.D, Martha Sears,R.N, and Christine Watts Kelly

Mama, Talk About When Max Was Born, by Toni Olson

Mama, Talk About Our New Baby, by Toni Olson

Expanded Reading for Birth (Books)

Silent Knife, Nancy Cohan, Lois Estner

Wise Woman’s Herbal for the Childbearing Year, Susun Weed

Naturally Health Pregnancy, Shonda Parker

Optimal Fetal Positioning, Jean Sutton and Pauline Scott

Heart and Hands, Elizabeth Davis

Husband-Coached Childbirth, Dr. Robert Bradley

Breastfeeding (Books)

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, La Leche League

So That’s what they’re For, Janet Tamaro

Nursing Mother, Working Mother, Gale Pryor

The Nursing Mother’s Companion, Kathleen Huggins

Family Planning (Books)

Taking Charge of Your Fertility, Toni Weschler

The Caesarean, Michel Odent

The VBAC Companion, Diana Korte

Let the Baby Drive, Lu Hanessian

Gentle Baby Care, Elizabeth Pantley

What Your Doctor May Not Tell you about Pre-Menopause, Dr. John Lee, MD

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