Recommended Reading

Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way, by Susan McCutcheson-Rosegg

Since the Bradley method was first introduced in 1970, a growing number of expectant parents have opted for natural childbirth, knowing that it's safer than medicated or surgical delivery. But where can parents-to-be go for information on how to have a successful Bradley birth? This book provides all the answers, offering sound advice on how to prepare physically for labor and what to expect during each of its stages. Photos & line drawings.

Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Plume; Rev Sub edition (July 1, 1996)

Available at You can get it HERE

Gentle Birth Choices, by Barbara Harper, R.N.

Believe it or not, birth resulting from a normal pregnancy needn't take place in a hospital. Harper explains why birthing centers and home births, along with other "gentle birth choices," are beneficial to both mother and baby. With a foreword by Robbie Davis Floyd, who wrote Birth as an American Rite of Passage (1992), Gentle Birth Choices also features a history of how childbirth came to be so technological and blasts myths such as why fetal monitors save babies (they don't, very often). Harper also discusses giving birth in water and explores the connection of mind and body during labor and birth. She stresses the importance of midwives for a more natural and satisfying experience. Well illustrated with photos by acclaimed birth photographer Suzanne Arms and containing a first-rate resource section, Gentle Birth Choices provides an excellent alternative to mainstream birth books.

Paperback: 320 pages

Publisher: Healing Arts Press (August 20, 2005)

Available at You can get it HERE

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

The newest procedures. The latest information. The complete rundown on modern pregnancy and childbirth...for women who want the facts.

Every intelligent, informed woman is used to gathering the most complete information she can get before making a decision. But when it comes to one of the most important decisions in her life--how she will give birth--it can be tough to get the complete picture, even from an obstetrician. Surprisingly, much of the latest research goes against common medical opinion. Certified Lamaze instructor and activist Henci Goer brings women the carefully researched facts they'll want to have. Based on the latest medical studies and literature, The Thinking Woman's Guide To A Better Birth offers clear, concise information on tests, procedures and treatments--and gives advice about:* cesareans * ultrasound * gestational diabetes * breech babies * inducing labor * IVs * electronic fetal monitoring * ruptured membranes * epidurals * episiotomies * vaginal birth after a cesarean * midwives and obstetricians * alternative birthing methods * choosing a birth location * drugs and delivery * elective induction * professional labor support * and much more

* Author is a certified Lamaze instructor and doula who counsels women on their childbirth experiences
* Author belongs to the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services
* Drawn upon the most up-to-date medical literature and studies
* Written in an accessible, understandable style, explaining technical medical terms
* Gives advice to women who were dissatisfied with their first birth experience

Paperback: 367 pages
Publisher: Perigee Trade; 1 edition (October 1, 1999)

Available at You can get it HERE

The Birth Partner, Third Edition: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions, by Penny Simkin

If you want to learn how best to help an expectant mother have a happy and healthy childbirth, The Birth Partner, Third Edition is the only book you'll need. For almost 20 years, husbands, partners, friends, relatives, and doulas have turned to this book for guidance on being a supportive partner in the delivery room. The expanded third edition includes the most up-to-date information about techniques, devices, and medications for easing labor pain; tests and treatments of the fetus and newborn; strategies to help labor progress; potential medical procedures and interventions; and how best to help the mother during the early days after the birth. And, with its easy-to-use format and new illustrations, the The Birth Partner is the essential guide have on hand in the delivery room.

Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Harvard Common Press; 3 edition (January 15, 2007)

Available at You can get it HERE

Ina Mays Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin

Founding member and former president of the Midwives Alliance of North America and author of Spiritual Midwivery, Gaskin offers encouragement and practical advice in her upbeat and informative book on natural childbirth. Since the mid-1970s, Gaskin and the midwives in her practice on a Summertown, Tenn., commune known as "The Farm," have attended over 2,200 natural births. Gaskin, who learned the rudiments of her gentle birthing technique from the Mayans in Guatemala, has helped bring attention to the method's remarkably low rate of morbidity and medical intervention. Couples considering natural childbirth will get inspirational coaxing from more than a dozen first-person narratives shared by the author's clients. Gaskin decries what she sees as Western medicine's focus on pain during birth, arguing that natural birthing can not only be euphoric and blissful but also orgasmic (a survey of 150 natural birthing women "found thirty-two who reported experiencing at least one orgasmic birth"). The second half of Gaskin's book deals with the practical side of natural birthing, including how to avoid standard medical interventions such as epidurals, episiotomies and even prenatal amniocentesis that may be unnecessary, even dangerous, to mother or child. While this may not be the definitive guide to natural childbirth, it is a comfortable and supportive read for women who want to trust their bodies to do what comes naturally. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Bantam; 1 edition (March 4, 2003)

Available at You can get it HERE

Childbirth without Fear: The Principles and Practice of Natural Childbirth, Grantly Dick-Read & Foreward by Michel Odent

In this original and unabridged reissue of Childbirth without Fear, Grantly Dick-Read, the obstetrician who gave birth to the natural childbirth movement, unpicks every possible root cause of western woman's fear and anxiety in pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding and does so with overwhelming heart and empathy. In an age where birth has often been overtaken by obstetrics, Dr Dick-Read's philosophy is still as fresh as it was when he originally wrote this book. Essential reading for all mothers-to-be! With a new foreword by Michel Odent.

"A brilliant, courageous classic." -- Ina May Gaskin - author Ina May's Guide to Childbirth

"The most influential birthing book of the last 100 years." -- Fit Pregnancy

Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Pinter & Martin Ltd.; 4th edition (July 2005)

Available at You can get it HERE


The folowing are websites you may find of interest.

    Dr. Bradley the author of "husband coached childbirth" provides a great resource to natural childbirth classes, pregnancy diet, natural child birth stories and much more. I recommend to all my clients to take a 12 week class to guide them through pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum.
    Some pregnant woman can have bouts of nausea and vomiting during their first trimester of pregnancy, while others have those symptoms as well as rapid weight loss, malnutrition, and dehydration. These symptoms can cause issues for both mother and baby. This site provides both solutions as well as preventive actions.
    "Easier for mom... Better for baby"! Want to find out what all the craze is about? If so, then this is the site to check out. Everything from pool rentals to frequently asked water birth questions. A must see website!
    A one-stop-shop about natural pregnancy, labor and deliver. Everything from picking the right provider for you to "should I really eat that"?
    Want to know what is happening in hospitals across the US? Want to know the number and percentages of C-sections, medications, vacuums and much more? Then take a peek at this website.
    The doctor who loves and supports breastfeeding talks about this as well as vaccines, sleeping issues, fussy babies, discipline and much more.
    A local family owned company that will provide you with all your baby "stuff" needs. Cloth diapers, strollers, baby food makers etc. Brooke and her family will cater to all your needs, well worth a look.

    Please take a few moments to watch these videos. These videos will address some of the concerns you may have. I feel strongly that YOU were perfectly and wonderfully made to birth your baby. These videos will not only prove this to you but also empower you in a way that is indescribable. I am pleased to guide you down this path that will forever change your life for the better.

    Lila's Home Birth:
    Just like you this woman wants what is best for her baby. She wants her baby to enter this world just the way she started her life, in her mother womb, naturally. Notice how this mother, father and family are at peace with the fact that this woman can and will birth her baby slowly, comfortably in the control of their home, where this baby was made! Even while making a special dessert for the soon to come new arrival. I love the mother's attitude and outlook on contractions. Never referring to them as anything but beautiful works of art, that help both her and her baby. She welcomes each one with love, patience and understanding. Amazing! Take a special look at how mom and dad are the only ones to touch their baby. No one is rushing in to save her from whatever babies need to be saved from... No, this midwife, like all good midwives, is watching from a distance making sure that baby and mother are well.


    My journey to a VBAC (Vaginal birth after C-section):
    This amazing journey is both touching and empowering. Watching this woman walk a path that is both beautiful and emotional, is so amazing that there are hardly words to describe it. To not only realize that her C-section was not needed, but to do something about it, takes more then guts... It takes blind faith, sprinkled with a lot of courage. This video is my favorite and I just can't ruin it with too much commentary. Yet with that being said, I can not emphasise enough on the fact that this video will change your life forever! It is a must watch, and bring the tissue, you will not be the same ever again.



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