Recommended Books and Movies


Preparing for Labor

  • The Birth Partner (Penny Simkin)  — This is GREAT for Dad.
  • The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth (Henci Goer)
  • A Good Birth, A Safe Birth (Diana Korte & Roberta Scaer)
  • Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth (Ina May Gaskin)
  • Birthing From Within  (Pam England)
  • Back Labor No More (Janie McCoy King)
  • Nutrition for a Healthy Pregnancy (Elizabeth Somer)
  • The Nurturing Touch at Birth (Paulina Perez)
  • The Doula Advantage (Rachel Gurevich)
  • Special Women (Paulina Perez)
  • Mothering the Mother (Klaus, Klaus, Kennell)
  • The Doula Book (Klaus, Klaus, Kennell)
  • Spiritual Midwifery (Ina May Gaskin)
  • Obstetric Myths vs. Research Realities (Henci Goer)
  • Gentle Birth Choices (Barbara Harper)
  • The Birth Book (Sears & Sears)
  • Cesarean Birth & VBAC (Elizabeth Kaufman)
  • The VBAC Companion (Diana Korte)


  • Kangaroo Care: The Best You Can Do To Help Your Preterm Infant (Susan Ludington-Hoe)
  • Love and Logic Series (Dr. Charles Fay)
  • The Happiest Baby on the Block (Dr. Harvey Karp)
  • The No-Cry Sleep Solution (Elizabeth Pantley)
  • Attachment Parenting (Katie Allison Granju with Betsy Kennedy)
  • Pregnancy, Childbirth, & the Newborn  (Penny Simkin)
  • Mothering the New Mother (Sally Placksin)
  • The Baby Book  (Sears & Sears)
  • This Isn’t What I Expected: Overcoming Postpartum Depression (Karen Kleiman & Valerie Rasking)
  • When You’re Expecting Twins, Triplets, or Quads, Revised Edition: Proven Guidelines for a Healthy Multiple Pregnancy (Barbara Luke & Tamara Eberlien)
  • The Year After Childbirth (Sheila Kitzinger)
  • The Earliest Relationship (Brazelton & Cramer)
  • Bonding (Marshall Klaus)
  • You and Your Newborn Baby (Linda Todd)


  • The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding (La Leche League International)
  • So That’s What They’re For! Breastfeeding Basics (Janet Tamaro)
  • The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers (Dr. Jack Newman & Teresa Pitman) (for the USA)
  • Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers (Nancy Mohrbacher & Kathleen Kendall-Tackett)
  • Medications & Mother’s Milk (Thomas Hale, R.Ph. Ph.D.) (most recent version)
  • The Breastfeeding Book (Sears & Sears)
  • Defining Your Own Success: Breastfeeding After Breast Reduction Surgery (Diana West)
  • Breastfeeding the Adopted Baby (Debra Peterson)
  • Mothering Multiples: Breastfeeding and Caring for Twins and More by Gromada, 2007 edition
  • The Premature Baby Book (Dr. Sears)
  • Mothering Your Nursing Toddler (Norma Bumgarner)
  • The Milk Memos (Cate Colburn-Smith & Andrea Serrette)
  • The Nursing Mother’s Guide to Weaning (Kathleen Huggins & Linda Ziedrich)
  • Supporting Sucking Skills in Breastfeeding Infants (Catherine Genna Watson)
  • The Nursing Mother’s Companion (Kathleen Huggins)
  • Babies, Breastfeeding, & Bonding (Ina May Gaskin)
  • Nutrition in Pregnancy & Lactation (Worthington-Roberts, Vermeesch, & Williams)
  • Nursing Mother, Working Mother (Gale Pryor)

High Risk Pregnancy

  • Preventing Preterm Birth (Michael Katz)
  • The Pregnancy Bed Rest Book  (Amy E. Tracy)
  • When Pregnancy Isn’t Perfect (Laurie A. Rich)
  • Intensive Caring (Dianne Hales & Timothy R. B. Johnson)
  • Days in Waiting: A Guide to Surviving Pregnancy Bedrest (Mary Ann McCann)
  • Nutrition for a Healthy Pregnancy (Elizabeth Somer)
  • No More Morning Sickness (Miriam Erick)
  • The Pregnant Woman’s Comfort Book (Jennifer Louden)
  • The Pregnancy Book (Sears & Sears)
  • Every Pregnant Woman’s Guide to Preventing Premature Birth (Barbara Luke)
  • Your Premature Baby (Frank P. Manginello & Teresa Foy DiGeronimo)


Born in the USA

Birth As We Know It

Business of Being Born

Orgasmic Birth

Pregnant in America

Homebirth Dads

Gentle Birth Choices

Kangaroo Mother Care

With Woman: A Documentary About Women, Midwives & Birth

Birth Day