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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 Surgery

   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 Parent

   Meredith 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 Health

   Dr. 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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