Recommended Reading List

These books are all available at local bookstores, and on the internet . You are welcome to borrow books from our library. Our bookshelf is in the waiting area.

Ina May's Guide to Childbirth (2003)

5 stars!

Active Birth (Janer Balaskas, 1992)

Clearly written, carefully documented, and copiously illustrated, this new edition celebrates the inherent wisdom of women's birthing instincts. It also serves up a complete course of preparation to guide those of us who need to be reminded just how natural childbirth can be. A revolutionary book, helping women to get off their backs and find their feet in birthing.

The birth Partner: Everything You Need to Know to Help a Woman Through Childbirth (Penny Simkin, 1989)

A clear, informative guide that includes a through description of everything a birth partner can expect. For a quick brush-up, or for sudden emergency situations where a birth partner is thrust into the role unprepared, the book also provides vital information and emergency tips that are clearly marked a on pages with darkened edges. Every section includes a description of a stage of labor or circumstance, a description of what the caregiver (doctor, nurse or midwife) might do, and suggestions about what the birth partner''s role should be.

Birthing From Within (Pam England and Rob Horowitz, 1998)

This holistic approach to childbirth examines this profound rite-of-passage not as a medical event, but as an act of self-discovery. Exercises and activities such as journal writing, meditation, and painting are designed to help mothers analyze their thoughts and face their fears during pregnancy.

Birthing Normally: A Personal Growth Approach to Childbirth (Gayle Peterson, 1991)

Presents an approach to prenatal care incorporating holistic concepts to maximize a woman's chance of birthing without intervention. An excellent book that deals with the psychological aspects of pregnancy, birth and parenting.

The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth (Sheila Kitzinger, 1996)

A comprehensive guide to pregnancy and childbirth fully illustrated with photographs. drawings, and diagrams. Clear, compassionate and complete.

The Five Standards for Safe Childbearing (David Stewart, 1997)

The five standards are good nutrition, skillful midwivery, natural childbirth, birth at home and breast-feeding. Included are unbeatable statistics for safe alternatives in childbirth.

Hearts and Hands: A Midwife's Guide to Pregnancy and Birth (Elizabeth David, 3rd edition 1997)

This is a practical guide, textbook and reference. It gives how-to details on all aspect of midwifery practice, including prenatal care, problems in pregnancy, assisting at births, labor complications, and caring for the entire family postpartum. Each chapter has a special section "for parents", but expectant parents can use all Hearts and Hands to get as much knowledge as possible about their upcoming experience.

Mothering the Mother: How a Doula Can Help You Have a Shorter, Easier, Healthier Birth (Marshall Klaus, et. al. 1993)

A doula is an experience labor companion who provides continuous emotional support and assistance before , during, and after birth. Through research with over 2,000 women, the authors show that the presence of a doula shortens labor by an average of two hours, decreases cesarean section by over 50%, decreases the need for pain medication, helps fathers participate, and more.

Pregnant Feelings (Rahima Baldwin, 1986)

Practical, self-help approach to the emotional side of birth

Special Delivery (Rahima Baldwin, 1990)

A comprehensive and practical guide for couple wanting to take greater responsability for the birth of their babies at home, in the hospital, or at a birth center.

The Year After Childbirth (Sheila Kitzinger, 1996)

This supportive and knowledgeable book addresses the needs of new mothers and their partners. Illustrated with full-color photos and drawing throughout, it covers the physical and psychological changes new mothers should expect, the impact of the child on new mothers, adjustments in the parents' emotional and sexual relationship, maintaining a social life, and more.