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Books and Self Help Resources

Pregnancy & Birth

  • The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth – Sheila Kitzinger
  • Birth Reborn – Michael Odent
  • Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth – Ina May Gaskin
  • The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth – Henci Goer
  • Your Baby, Your Way – Sheila Kitzinger
  • Birthing from Within – Pam England & Rob Horowitz
  • A Child is Born – Leonard Nilsson & Sheila Kitzinger
  • Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way – Susan McCutcheon
  • Obstetric Myths vs Research Realities – Henci Goer
  • The Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year – Susan Weed
  • Silent Knife: Cesarean Prevention and Vaginal Birth after Cesarean, VBAC – Nancy Wainer Cohen & Lois Estner
  • Understanding the Dangers of Cesarean Birth: Making Informed Decisions – Nicette Jukelevics
  • Childbirth Without Fear – Michael Odent & Grantly Dick-Read
  • Rediscovering Birth – Sheila Kitzinger
  • Birth Without Violence (new edition) – Frederick Leboyer
  • Gentle Birth Choices: A Guide to Making Informed Decisions – Barbara Harper
  • The Official Lamaze Guide: Giving Birth with Confidence – Judith Lothian & Charlotte DeVries
  • Pregnancy, Childbirth & the Newborn – Penny Simkin, Janet Whalley, & Ann Kepler
  • The Doula Book: How a Trained Labor Companion Can Help You Have a Shorter, Easier, and Healthier Birth – Marshall Klaus, John Kennell, & Phyllis Klaus
  • The Active Woman’s Guide to Pregnancy – Practical Advice for Getting Outdoors
  • When Expecting – Aneema van Groenou
  • Natural Pregnancy – Practical wellbeing from conception to birth – Janet Balaskas

Resources for Partners

  • The Birth Partner: Everything You Need to Know to Help a Woman Through Childbirth – Penny Simkin
  • The Expectant Father: Facts, Tips and Advice for Dads-to-Be – Jennifer Ash & Armin Brott
  • Becoming a Father – William Sears
  • The New Essential Guide to Lesbian Conception, Pregnancy & Birth – Stephanie Brill


  • Essential Exercises for the Childbearing Year: A Guide to Health and Comfort Before and After Your Baby Is Born – Elizabeth Noble
  • Yoga for Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond – Francoise Barbira-Freedman Nutrition
  • Your Vegetarian Pregnancy: A Month-by-Month Guide to Health and Nutrition – Holly Roberts
  • The Natural Pregnancy Book: Herbs, Nutrition, and Other Holistic Choices – Aviva Jill Romm

Gestational Diabetes

  • Gestational Diabetes: What to Expect – Task Force of the American Diabetes Association Council on Pregnancy, Lois Jovanovic, editor in chief.

Postpartum Period & Breastfeeding

  • The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding – La Leche League
  • The Nursing Mother’s Companion – Kathleen Huggins
  • Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding – Ina May Gaskin
  • The Year after Childbirth – Sheila Kitzinger
  • Breastfeeding and Human Lactation – Jan Riordan & Kathleen Auerbach
  • Breastfeeding: How to Breastfeed Your Baby – Mary Renfrew, Chloe Fisher, & Suzanne Arms
  • After the Baby’s Birth: A Woman’s Way to Wellness: A Complete Guide for Postpartum Women – Robin Lim
  • Mothering the New Mother: Women’s Feelings and Needs After Childbirth; A Support and Resource Guide – Sally Placksin
  • Natural Healing After Birth: The Complete Guide to Postpartum Wellness – Aviva Jill Romm
  • Nursing Mother, Working Mother. The Essential Guide for Breastfeeding and Staying Close to Your Baby After You Return to Work – Gale Pryor

Parenting & Infant Care

  • The Baby Book – Sears & Sears
  • The Happiest Baby on the Block: The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Newborn Baby Sleep Longer – Harvey Karp
  • The Hidden Feelings of Motherhood: Coping with Stress, Depression, and Burnout – Kathleen Kendall-Tackett
  • Your Amazing Newborn – Marshall Klaus & Phyllis Klaus
  • Nighttime Parenting. How to Get Your Baby and Child to Sleep – William Sears
  • The No-Cry Sleep Solution – Elizabeth Pantley

Women’s Health

  • The New Our Bodies Ourselves – The Boston Women’s Health Book Collaborative
  • Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom – Christine Northrup, M.D.

Survivors of Sexual Abuse

  • When Survivors Give Birth: Understanding the Effects of Early Sexual Abuse on Childbearing Women – Penny Simkin & Phyllis Klaus

Pregnancy Loss

  • Journeys: Stories of Pregnancy After Loss – Amy Abbey
  • Parenthood Lost: Healing the Pain After Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infant Death – Michael Berman
  • Empty Arms: Coping After Miscarriage, Stillbirth and Infant Death – Sherokee Isle
  • Unspeakable Losses, Healing from Miscarriage, Abortion and Other Pregnancy Loss – Kim Kluger-Bell
  • A Guide for Fathers: When a Baby Dies – Tim Nelson