Reading and Resources
Reading and Resources


“If you don’t know your options, you don’t have any.”

Choosing the right childbirth books to read is so very important. Not only can the books you choose provide you with factual information, but they can influence crucial decisions you make about birth. 


The next nine months is all new territory. Even if you’ve already brought tiny humans into the world, no two pregnancies are alike. While the thought of food may have turned your stomach during your first pregnancy, your second baby may have you eating everything in sight. And if you’ve never experienced pregnancy before, you are sure to wonder what is normal and what is not.


There are many websites and apps dedicated to pregnancy and birth topics, but there’s something comforting about having a stack of physical pregnancy books to flip through and reread during your nine-month adventure. These are our recommended resources and books to read during your pregnancy.

“Whenever and however you intend to give birth, your experience will impact your emotions, your mind, your body, and your spirit for the rest of your life.” ~Ina May Gaskin

  • Birthing from Within: by Pam England
  • Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth
  • Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May Gaskin
  • Birth Matters: A Midwife’s Manifesta by Ina May Gaskin
  • Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding
  • Nurture: A Modern Guide to Pregnancy, Birth, Early Motherhood by Erica Chidi Cohen
  • What Does a Doula Do? by Kim Turton
  • Birth Reborn by Michel Odent
  • The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by Diana West
  • Supernatural Childbirth by Jackie Mize
  • HypnoBirthing by Marie F. Mongan
  • Gentle Birth Choices by Barbara Harper
  • The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth by Henci Goer
  • Childbirth without Fear : The Principles and Practice of Natural Childbirth by Grantly Dick-Read 
  • The Mama Bamba Way: The power and pleasure of natural childbirth by Robyn Sheldon
  • The Basic Needs of a Woman in Labour by Ruth Ehrhardt
  • New Active Birth by Janet Balaskas
  • The Waterbirth Book by Janet Balaskas

Natural Childbirth

  • Comfort Measures for Childbirth (DVD)

  • The Face of Birth (documentary)

  • The Business of Being Born (DVD)

  • The Essential Ingredient: Doula (documentary)

  • Gentle Birth Choices (Harper) (DVD—also book)

  • Giving Birth in America (documentary)

  • It’s My Body, My Baby, My Birth (DVD)

  • Laboring Under an Illusion (DVD)

  • More Business of Being Born(DVDs)

  • Orgasmic Birth: The Best Kept Secret (DVD)

  • Pregnant in America (documentary)

  • Spinning Babies Parent Class (DVD — also taught by The Doula Experience)

  • These Are My Hours (documentary)

  • What Babies Want (DVD)

  • Why Not Home? (documentary)

  • VBAC / Caesarean Prevention

  • The VBAC Dilemma (More Business of Being Born DVD 4)