Birth Advocacy


Pushed: The Painful Truth About Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care by Jennifer Block

Mainstreaming Midwives: The Politics of Change by Robbie Davis-Floyd, PhD

Expecting Trouble: The Myth of Prenatal Care in America by Thomas H. Strong

Born in the USA: How a Broken Maternity System Must Be Fixed to Put Women and Children First by Marsden Wagner



The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by La Leche League International

The Nursing Mother’s Companion: Revised Edition by  Kathleen Hugginsircumscision




Birthing from Within: An Extra-Ordinary Guide to Childbirth Preparation by Pam England

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin
Features a nice section on questions for your midwife or physician.

Active Birth : The New Approach to Giving Birth Naturally by Janet Balaskas

Birth Reborn by Michel Odent

Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering: by Sarah Buckley

Special Delivery by Rahima Baldwin

Rediscovering Birth by Sheila Kitzinger

The Year After Childbirth: Enjoying Your Body, Your Relationships, and Yourself in Your Baby’s First Year by Sheila Kitzinger


Birth Day Birth As We Know It   Born into Water* The Business of Being Born




The Natural Pregnancy Book: Herbs, Nutrition and Other Holistic Choices by Aviva Jill Romm

Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year by Susan Weed

Homeopathy for Pregnancy, Birth, and Your Baby’s First Year by Miranda Castro

The Complete Organic Pregnancy by Dierde Dolan

Nourishing Traditions:  The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats by Sally Fallon

Pregnancy Children and the Vegan Diet by Michal Klaper, MD

Digestive Wellness by Elizabeth Lipksy


7 reasons why you should consider eating colorful foods by Francesca Durham Probiotics and Pregnancy: What you should knowby Jean Shaw



Prenatal Parenting

Nurturing the Unborn Child by Thomas R. Verny & Pamela Weintraub

Prenatal Parenting: The Complete Psychological and Spiritual Guide to Loving Your Unborn Child by Frederick Wirth

The Secret Life of the Unborn Child: How You Can Prepare Your Baby for a Happy, Healthy Life by Thomas Verny

Newborn and Family Development

Your Amazing Newborn by Marshall Klaus

The Happiest Baby on the Block: The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Newborn Baby Sleep Longer by Dr. Harvey Karp

The Continuum Concept by Jean Liedloff

You Are Your Child’s First Teacher: What Parents Can Do With and For Their Chlldren from Birth to Age Six by Rahima Baldwin

How to Be a Family: The Operating Manual by Howard Schiffer

Water Birth


Water Birth: A Midwife’s Perspective by Susanna Napierala

The Waterbirth Book: Everything You Need to Know from the World’s Renowned Natural Childbirth Pioneer by Janet Balaskas

Choosing Waterbirth: Reclaiming the Sacred Power of Birth by Lakshmi Bertram


  About Water Birth:

Water Baby: Experiences of Water Birth   Born into Water*

Showing Water Birth:

The Business of Being Born Orgasmic Birth* Birth Day Birth As We Know It   Gentle Birth Choices*

Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC)


Understanding the Dangers of Cesarean Birth: Making Informed Decisions (The Praeger Series on Contemporary Health and Living) by Nicette Jukelevics      Check out her website:

The Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC) Experience: Birth Stories by Parents and Professionals by Lynn Baptisti Richards and Michel Odent, MD

Natural Childbirth After Cesarean: A Practical Guide by Karis Crawford


International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) Childbirth ConnectionLots and lots of resources for VBAC on their website.


Best Evidence: VBAC or Repeat C-Section   Childbirth Connection    Maternal morbidity following a trial of labor   after cesarean section vs elective repeat cesarean   delivery: a systematic review with metaanalysis.   A. Cristina Rossi, MD; Vincenzo D’Addario, MD   American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology (April 2008)

Increased risk of stroke in patients who undergo cesarean section delivery: a nationwide population-based study.   Lin S-Y, MD; Hu C-J, MD; Lin H-C, PhD   Am J Obstet Gynecol 2008;198:391.e1-391.e7.

Patient Choice Vaginal Delivery?   Lawrence M. Leeman, MD, MPH;  Lauren A. Plante, MD   Ann Fam Med 2006;4:265-268. DOI: 10.1370/afm.537.

Improved outcomes, fewer cesarean deliveries, and reduced   litigation: results of a new paradigm in patient safety   Steven L. Clark, MD; Michael A. Belfort, MD, PhD; Spencer L. Byrum, LCDR (ret.) USCG;  Janet A. Meyers, RN; Jonathan B. Perlin, MD, PhD   American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology (December 2008)

Neonatal Morbidity and Mortality  After Elective Cesarean Delivery   by Caroline Signore, MD, MPHa and  Mark Klebanoff, MD Clin Perinatol 35 (2008) 361–371

The risk of unexplained antepartum stillbirth in   second pregnancies following caesarean section  in the first pregnancy   SL Wood,a S Chen,b S Ross,a R Sauvec   BJOG 2008;115:726–731


Best Evidence: VBAC or Repeat C-Section   Childbirth Connection

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