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Recommended Books


Taking Charge of Your Fertility: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health by Toni Weschler


Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn by Penny Simkin

Sit Up and Take Notice, by Pauline Scott (available at Midwifery Today)

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

The Midwife’s Pregnancy and Childbirth Book: Having Your Baby Your Way, by Marion McCartney and Antonia Van Der Meer

The Pregnancy Book: Month-by-Month, Everything You Need to Know From America’s Baby Experts, by Martha Sears

The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth, by Sheila Kitzinger

A Good Birth, a Safe Birth: Choosing and Having the Childbirth Experience You Want, by Diana Korte

Birthing From Within, by Pam England

The Whole Pregnancy Handbook, by Joel Evens and Robin Aronson

The Colors of Birth, by Ellyn Hutton


The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth

Pushed: The Painful Truth About Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care

Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering: A Doctor’s Guide to Natural Childbirth and Gentle Early Parenting Choices

The Birth Partner, by Penny Simkin

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth, by Ina May Gaskin

The Birth Book: Everything You Need to Know to Have a Safe and Satisfying Birth, by Martha Sears

Hypnobirthing: A Celebration of Life, by Marie Mongan

Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way, by Sue Cutcheon

Active Birth: The New Approach to Giving Birth Naturally, by Janet Balaskas

Gentle Birth Choices, by Barbara Harper

Immaculate Deception: Myth, Magic, and Birth, by Suzanne Arms

Birth Without Violence, by Frederick Leboyer

A Wise Birth : Bringing Together the Best of Natural Childbirth With Modern Medicine, by Penny Armstrong and Sheryl Feldman

Impact of Birthing Practices on Breastfeeding: Protecting the Mother and Baby Continuum, by Mary Kroeger

Newborn Postpartum

The Breastfeeding Book: Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Your Child from Birth Through Weaning, by Martha Sears

The Breastfeeding Cafe: Mothers Share the Challenges, Joys, and Secrets of Nursing, by Barbara Behrmann

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, by La Leche League

The Nursing Mother’s Companion, by Kathleen Huggins

So That’s What They’re For!: Breastfeeding Basics, by Janet Tamaro

Nighttime Parenting: How to Get Your Baby and Child to Sleep (La Leche League International Book), by William Sears

Your Amazing Newborn, by Marshall Klaus and Phyllis Klaus

Trees Make the Best Mobiles: Simple Ways to Raise Your Child in a Complex World, by Jessica Teich and Brandel France de Bravo

The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two, by James Sears

Attachment Parenting: The Commonsense Guide to Understanding and Nurturing Your Baby, by Martha Sears

The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for your Child, by Robert Sears


Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom, by Christiane Northrup

The New Our Bodies Ourselves, by The Boston Women’s Health Book Collective

Woman’s Experience of Sex, by Sheila Kitzinger

Mother-Daughter Wisdom: Creating a Legacy of Physical and Emotional Health, by Christaine Northrup


The Wisdom of Menopause, by Christaine Northrup