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Posted by on Oct. 27, 2010 at 1:48 PM
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What are your favorite natural birth, pregnancy, or women's health books?

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by on Oct. 27, 2010 at 1:48 PM
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by on Nov. 2, 2010 at 2:59 PM
LOVE Ina May's Guide to Childbirth and Birth by Tina Cassidy. Anything by Dr. Sears is pretty awesome, too. Oh, and Creating Your Birth Plan by Dr. Marsden Wagner. I love that man, too!
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by on Nov. 3, 2010 at 1:41 PM

Also a huge fan of Ina May's Guide to Childbirth! Recently read Husband Coached Childbirth by Dr. Bradley and thought that was a wonderful resource as well.

by on Nov. 4, 2010 at 2:44 AM

One that I kept rereading was The Thinking Woman's Guide To A Better Birth (Henci Goer).

Soo many great books out there, so little time!

by on Nov. 4, 2010 at 3:02 AM


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: The Complete Guide by
Penny Simkin
The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth by
Sheila Kitzinger *
Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy by
Mayo Clinic 
Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth by Boston Woman's Health Collective*
The Natural Pregnancy Book by Aviva Jill Romm*
Blessingways: A Guide to Mother-Centered Baby Showers by Shari Masser*
Empty Arms by Pam Vrendevelt*
The Mother of All Pregnancy Books by Ann Douglas*


Ina May's Guide to Childbirth by
Ina May Gaskin*
Birthing from Within: An Extra-Ordinary Guide to Childbirth Preparation by
Pam England* Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way by Susan McCutcheon*
Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May Gaskin
The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth by Henci Goer*
A Good Birth, A Safe Birth by Diana Korte*
Childbirth without Fear by Grantly Dick-Read
Gentle Birth Choices by Barbara Harper                                               
The Birth Book by Martha Sears
Birth Reborn by Michel Odent* 
Having a Baby, Naturally by Peggy O'Mara
Hypnobirthing: The Mongan Method by Marie Mongan*
The Birth Partner by Penny Simpkin*
Husband Coached Childbirth by Robert Bradley
Giving Birth by Sheila Kitzinger*
Easy Labor by William Camann*
Survivor Moms: Women's Stories of Birthing, Mothering and Healing After Sexual Abuse by Mickey Sperlich and Julia Seng*
Birth without Violence by Frederick Leboyer*
The Nature of Birth and Breastfeeding by Michel Odent*
Transformation Through Birth by Claudia Panuthos*
Preparing for a Healthy Birth by Sylvie Donna*

VBAC and Cesarean
Artemis Speaks:VBAC Stories and Natural Childbirth Information by Nan Koehler
The Silent Knife by Nancy Wainer*

Prenatal and Postpartum Wellness
Nine Months Strong by Karen Bridson*
Nutrition for a Healthy Pregnancy by Elizabeth Somer*
Lose Your Mummy Tummy by Julie Tupler*
Natural Health after Birth by Aviva Jill Romm*

History of Childbirth
BIRTH: The Surprising History of How We Are Born by Tina Cassidy*
Lying-in: A History of Childbirth in America by Richard Wertz
Brought to Bed: Childbirth in America, 1750-1950 by Judith Leavitt

Maternity Care System
Born in the USA by Marsden Wagner*
PUSHED by Jennifer Block*
Obstetric Myths Vs. Research Realities by Henci Goer
Birth as an American Rite of Passage by Robbie Davis Floyd*
Pursuing the Birth Machine by Marsden Wagner
Birth Models that Work by Robbie Davis-Floyd*
The American Way of Birth by Jessica Mitford*
Expecting Trouble by Thomas Strong*

Baby Catcher by Peggy Vincent*
A Midwife's Story by Penny Armstrong*
A Wise Birth by Penny Armstrong*
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant*
Midwives: a Novel by Chris Bohjalian*
The Midwife by Jennifer Worth*
Hearts Open Wide: Midwives & Births by Pam Wellish*
Diary of a Midwife: Power of Positive Childbearing by Juliana Olphen-Fehr*
Lady's Hands, Lion's Heart: A Midwife's Saga by Carol Leonard*


The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by La Leche League International*
The Nursing Mother’s Companion by Kathleen Huggins*
The Breastfeeding Book by Martha Sears
Mothering Your Nursing Toddler by Norma Jane Bumgarner *
So That’s What They’re For: The Definitive Breastfeeding Guide by Janet Tamaro*
How My Breasts Saved The World: Misadventures of a Nursing Mother by Lisa Shapiro 
Fresh Milk: The Secret Life of Breasts by Fiona Giles*
The Ultimate Book of Breastfeeding Answers by Jack Newman*

The Continuum Concept: In Search of Happiness Lost by Jean Liedoff*
The Natural Child: Parenting From the Heart by Jan Hunt
The Baby Book by Dr Sears*
The Attachment Parenting Book by Dr Sears
Natural Family Living by Peggy O' Mara
Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering by Sarah Buckley*
Misconceptions by Naomi Wolfe* 

The Business of Being Born (2007)*
Pregnant in America (2008)*
Orgasmic Birth (2008)*
Attending Birth (2008)*
Prenatal Yoga with Shiva Rea (2007)* 
Perfect Pregnancy Workout (2002)*
Kangaroo Mothercare I & II (2001, 2002) *
Baby-Led Breastfeeding (2007)*
It's My Body, My Baby, My Birth*

"Yes, hospitals offer free childbirth classes, but that is because it is a way for them--for the most part--to get people to become passive, compliant consumers of whatever it is that they are offering, which may be the induced labor, the scheduled cesarean, whatever. So, the independent childbirth educator is crucial." --Suzanne Arms

by on Nov. 5, 2010 at 4:56 PM

My all time favorite is birthing from within, I had so many revelations reading it, it made my horrible first birth make more sense, and it is empowering.

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