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Birthing From Within, Pam England

Once you open this book, you will be drawn in by its exquisite design, intriguing illustrations and artwork, poignant birth stories, and captivating titles. BIRTHING FROM WITHIN® is written in a warm, engaging first-person voice and is enriched by poignant birth art made by mothers and fathers. (Synopsis from Birthing from Within website)

I Love You Rituals, Becky A. Bailey

Create connections with more than 75 activities designed to strengthen adult-child relationships. These rituals increase attention span, decrease power struggles, and promote language and literacy whether in school or at home. I Love You Rituals build positive, lifelong bonds between adults and children. (From consciousdiscipline.com)

Husband-Coached Childbirth Fifth Edition, Robert A. Bradley

This new, updated edition of the work by Robert A. Bradley, M.D., has all the information you need to approach a natural childbirth safely, confidently, and wisely. From the reasons to choose the Bradley Method to the steps you will take as your birth day approaches—and after the birth of your baby—this book is designed to help couples share completely in the birthing experience. 

Ina May's Guide to Childbirth, Ina May Gaskin

Ina May’s Guide to Natural Childbirth takes the fear out of childbirth by restoring women’s faith in their own natural power to give birth with more ease, less pain, and less medical intervention.

Our Bodies, Ourselves 

This newly revised and updated edition focuses on women's reproductive health and sexuality. It includes dozens of personal stories and essential, up-to-date information about gender identity, sexual orientation, birth control, abortion, pregnancy and birth, perimenopause, menopause, health issues such as breast and ovarian cancers, and sexuality and sexual health as we age.

Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn, Fourth Edition 

This comprehensive, authoritative “bible” provides expectant couples with abundant, valuable information about pregnancy, labor, birth, the postpartum period, and newborn care.

Spiritual Midwifery, Fourth Edition, Ina May Gaskin

Here is the classic book on home birth that introduced a whole generation of women to the concept of natural childbirth. (From www.inamay.com)

The Birth Partner, Penny Simkin

The Birth Partner remains the definitive guide for preparing to help a woman through childbirth and the essential manual to have at hand during the event. (From www.pennysimkin.com)

The Bradley Method Student Workbook - Paperback

Most effective when used in conjunction with a Bradley Birthing class.

The Breastfeeding Answer Book, Nancy Mohrbacher and Julie Stock

This book is a great resource for those who are dedicated to helping mothers breastfeed. Highlights include approaches to positioning and latch-on, information on the use of prescription and herbal medications to increase milk supply, illustrations of breast structure and how the breast functions as reflected in the research of Dr. Peter Hartmann.

The Doula Book Second Edition, Marshall H. Klaus

In addition to basic advice on finding and working with a doula, the authors show how a doula reduces the need for cesarean section, shortens the length of labor, decreases the pain medication required, and enhances bonding and breast feeding.

The Mother of all Pregnancy Books, Ann Douglas

The ultimate guide to conception, birth and everything in between.

The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth, Henci Goer

Up-to-date medical information that will help you make informed decisions and practical advice that will help you avoid unnecessary procedures, drugs, and restrictions. The book covers cesareans, vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), epidurals, induction of labor and more.