birth related books i recommend:
my recommendation about reading birth-related books is this:
do not read too many of them!
or more specifically, i should say, don't read many of them while you are pregnant. maybe one or two. if time allows, i would suggest reading them before you conceive. there is a tendency to read and read and read upon becoming pregnant. because so many mainstream books are fear-based, this reading frenzy can become quite destructive to a woman's power and trust in her own body. if i had to recommend one and only one book, it would be the first one on this list. read it early and put it away. cast the concept of interventions out of your mind and focus on more strength-giving activities.
ina may's guide to childbirth
by ina may gaskin
if you are planning a hospital birth especially, and want to read only one book, read this one. ina may explains all the possible hospital interventions so you can educate yourself on the chance you encounter one. BUT that is not the focus of the book. ina may teaches you in rounded, gem-like essays how to get into your body and trust it deeply.
by ina may gaskin
this is ina may's first book and a cultural classic. gobs of intimate photographs and much to learn about tribal-community birth behavior in america during a revolution. this book is a collection of personal stories written by the birthing women themselves, and also from the perspective of the midwife who assisted them.
choosing waterbirth- reclaiming the sacred power of birth
by lakshmi bertram
this is a fantastic, and as far as i can tell completly overlooked book in the birthing community. i scored it in the back room of a co-op in northern michigan. this book contains the best description i know of WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TO GIVE BIRTH. the author also includes a lovely photo-illustrated prenatal yoga routine.
herbal for the childbearing year
by susan weed
this is the best gentle guide to holistic care for mother and child.
when i began my herbal path it was a constant bible at my side. this book can empower you to deeply trust your body and feel competent in giving gentle herbal care to your new family.
VBAC artemis stories
by nan koehler
the best book i have found for mothers planning a vaginal birth after a cesarean section. it is also a wealth of other natural birth care suggetions and stories. this book has the soft style of the 6o's similar to spiritual midwifery, but furthermore includes a vast assortment of educational essays by various doctors, midwives and herbalists.
birthing from within
by pam england
i fell in love with this book the first time i read it when it was assigned to my doula training curriculum. famous for its modern-spiritual approach to pregnancy and birth, this book has spawned a nationwide birth education course.
ina may gaskin mother of midwifery
affirmations for the childbearing year
by caryn simon, illustrations by courtney mandryk
i am so very excited to share that a birth affirmation project i have been working on since my pregnancy in 2009 is soon coming to fruition! my dearest friend (and past doula client), courtney mandryk, is lovingly creating the images that will accompany my words.
check back here for updates and bask in the beauty of a sneak peek to the right!
eventually you will be able to join us at