Resources for the Childbearing Year



Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn by Penny Simkin, Janet Whalley, Ann Keppler, Janelle Durham, and April Bolding

The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth by Henci Goer

The Complete Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth by Sheila Kitzinger

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth – Ina May Gaskin

The Natural Pregnancy Book by Aviva Romm

Birthing from Within — Pam England

Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy by Genevieve Howland

Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year by Susun Weed

The Birth Partner – Penny Simkin

Natural Hospital Birth: The Best of Both Worlds by Cynthia Gabriel

Active Birth – Janet Balaskas

Spiritual Midwifery – Ina May Gaskin

Mindful Birthing: Training the Mind, Body, and Heart for Childbirth and Beyond by Nancy Bardacke

Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering: A Doctor’s Guide to Natural Childbirth and Gentle Early Parenting Choices by Dr. Sarah Buckley


The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding – La Leche League International

The Breastfeeding Book: Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Your Child From Birth Through Weaning – William Sears, M.D.

The Nursing Mother’s Companion by Kathleen Huggins

Nursing Mother, Working Mother: The Essential Guide for Breastfeeding and Staying Close to Your Baby after You Return to Work by Gale Pryor


Natural Health After Birth – Aviva Romm

The First Forty Days: The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother by Heng Ou

Newborn Care

The Baby Book by William Sears

The No Cry Sleep Solution by Elizabeth Pantley



The Business of Being Born

Birth: it’s a miracle. A rite of passage. A natural part of life. But more than anything, birth is a business. Compelled to find answers after a disappointing birth experience with her first child, actress Ricki Lake recruits filmmaker Abby Epstein to explore the maternity care system in America.

Birth By the Numbers (20 minute short video)

Join Gene Declercq and the rest of the Birth by the Numbers team to explore how the United States is doing on a number of maternal and child health indicators. Are we doing better? Worse? Tune in to find out this answer and more!

12 Baby Birth Videos that Prepare you for the Big Day

Baby birth videos can prepare you or scare you — if you choose the wrong ones. Waiting for the big day? You can’t go wrong with this go-to list.

Why Not Home?

Why would doctors who attend birth in hospitals choose to have their own babies at home? What do they know about birth that others don’t? Join Jessicca Moore, filmmaker and nurse practitioner, on a compelling journey through maternity care in the United States. Told through the lens of doctors, nurses, and midwives, Why Not Home? examines the latest evidence on risks and rewards of different birth settings. The film presents a balanced and accessible view on the latest research, along with moving personal stories of medical practitioners faced with big decisions for their own growing families. Viewers are challenged to move beyond preconceived ideas, and to envision a fresh future for maternity care in America.


Internet Resources

Pregnancy & Birth

Childbirth Connection

Evidence Based Birth

Spinning Babies: Easier Childbirth with Fetal Positioning

Six Excellent TED Talks for Mom

When a Baby Isn’t so Big

Birth Boot Camp Favorite Birth Videos

The Rights of Childbearing Women (National Partnership)

Creating Affirmations (Childbirth Professionals International)


Am I In Labor? (Our Moment of Truth)

What Happens During Labor (Childbirth Solutions)

Cesarean Section

What Every Pregnant Woman Needs to Know About Cesarean Section (National Partnership)


Postpartum Plan PDF (DONA)

The Fourth Trimester aka Why Your Newborn Baby is Only Happy in Your Arms


Breastfeeding your newborn — what to expect in the early weeks