It has become increasingly difficult to find resources that are evidence based and empowering. I have gathered this collection of books and websites that I regularly recommend to clients for Birth and for Postpartum.  Enjoy!

Online Birth & Prenatal Resources

 Recommended Birth Books

  • “Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth” by Ina May Gaskin: if you read only one book while your pregnant, let it be this one.
  • “An Easier Childbirth” by Gayle H Peterson, PhD. Gayle Peterson’s pioneering work on the body-mind processes of pregnancy and birth have inspired such philosophies as Robin Sale’s Whole Birth™ Resources and Pamela England’s Birthing From Within. Her book “An Easier Childbirth” helps women and families work through the emotional dynamics of pregnancy and birth.
  • “The Birth Partner” by Penny Simkin. Everything you need to know to help a woman through childbirth.
  • “Birthing From Within” by Pamela England and Horowitz. Pamela’s book is different from any other pregnancy book. She helps couples explore the inner dynamics of the life transition of birth based on Gayle Peterson’s model of body-centered childbirth.
  • “The Complete Pregnancy Book” by Sheila Kitzinger. A wonderful and comprehensive book about everything to do with pregnancy and birth. If you only by one general book about pregnancy, this is the one! Sheila emphasizes the normal process of birth and informs couples on the myriad of options available to them in different birth settings, as well as month by month descriptions of pregnancy, nutrition, etc…
  • “The Natural Pregnancy Book” by Aviva Jill Romm. Aviva Jill Romm is a respected physician, herbalist and midwife who simplifies using herbs safely during pregnancy, birth and postpartum. She also explores pregnancy month by month, emotional dynamics and includes a comprehensive list of common ailments and discomforts of pregnancy and how to treat them naturally.
  • “Gentle Birth Choices” by Barbara Harper. A book about making choices in your pregnancy and birth that are respectful, gentle and healthy for couples and babies. Water birth is explored in detail with many studies and medical information to back up its safety and effectiveness.

Online Postpartum Resources

Recommended Postpartum Books

Postpartum Mood Disorders:

  • "Dropping the Baby and Other Scary Thoughts" by Karen Kleiman
  • "The Postpartum Husband" by Karen Kleiman
  • "This Isn't What I Expected" by Karen Kleiman

General Postpartum Care and Adjustment:

  • "Natural Health After Birth" by Aviva Jill Romm
  • "Mothering the New Mother" by Sally Placksin
  • “After the Baby’s Birth” by Robin Lim