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Books to Prepare You for Birth:

Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way                             (2017 Revised Edition)Susan McCutcheon

Ina May's Guide to Childbirth, Ina May Gaskin

Natural Hospital Birth: The Best of Both Worlds,

Cynthia Gabriel

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

Books to Prepare You for Breastfeeding:

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, La Leche League

Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Breastfeeding,

Kathleen A. Kendall-Tackett and Nancy Mohrbacher

Defining Your Own Success: Breastfeeding After Breast Reduction Sugery, Diana West

Working Without Weaning, A Working Mother's Guide to Breastfeeding, Kirsten Berggren, PhD, CLC

Books to Prepare You for Baby:


Amazing Babies Moving: Essential Movement to Enhance Your Baby's Development in the First Year,

Beverly Stokes


Being There: Why Prioritizing Motherhood in the First Three Years Matters, Erica Komisar, LCSW

Our Babies, Ourselves: How Culture and Biology Shape the Way We ParentMeredith Small

Parenting from the Inside Out, 

Daniel J. Siegel, MD and Mary Hartzell M.Ed

The Baby Book, William Sears, MD and Martha Sears, RN

The Nurture Revolution: Grow Your Baby's Brain and Transform their Mental Health through the Art of Nurtured Parenting, Greer Kirshenbaum, PhD

The Vaccine Friendly Plan,

Paul Thomas, MD and Jennifer Margulis, PhD

Films and Documentaries:

The Business of Being Born,  

Abby Epstein & Ricki Lake

Laboring Under an Illusion: Mass Media Childbirth vs. the Real Thing,   Vicki Elson, MA, CCE

Why Not Home?   Jessica More

These Are My Hours 

Scott Kirschbaum & Emily Graham

What Babies Want

Debby Takikawa


Books on Caring For Your Feminine Self and Fertility

Taking Charge of Your Fertility,  Toni Weschler

Period Repair Manual,  Lauren Briden ND


Books to Motivate You into Action:

Note: These are incredible books with invaluable information for parents and birth professionals. However, they may be upsetting for sensitive pregnant mamas and may be best suited to reading before or after pregnancy for some individuals.

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

Over-diagnosed: Making People Sick in the Pursuit   of HealthDr. H. Gilbert Welch, Dr. Lisa M. Schwartz   and  Dr. Stephen Woloshin

A Compromised Generation: The Epidemic of     Chronic Illness in America's Children, Beth Lambert

Birth as an American Rite of Passage,

Robbie E. Davis-Floyd

 ACOG's Position Paper to Limit Interventions

  Use of Technology in Birth:

Safety and Concerns


Marsden Wagner, MD

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Spontaneous labor in a normal woman is an event marked by a number of processes so complicated and so perfectly attuned to each other that any interference will only detract from the optimal couse. The only thing required from the bystanders is that they show respect for this awe-inspiring process by complying with the first rule of medicine - nil nocene (Do No Harm.)"


  ~ G. Kloostermen, MD

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