Recommended Childbirth Websites & Books
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Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn by Penny Simkin, Janet Whalley, Ann Keppler, Janelle Durham, April Bonding
This is the ultimate guide to all aspects of giving birth, and caring for a newborn.
Ina May's Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin
The first half of the book contains birth stories, and the second contains Ina May's observations developed through years of Midwifery Practice, to help women achieve positive birth outcomes.
The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth by Henci Goer
Goer surveys stacks of medical research and statistical information and presents it in an easy to digest form. She gives women the tools to critically examine routine maternity procedures, and empowers them to make choices rooted in the evidence.
Birth Partner by Penny Simkin
Practical, exhaustive labor support ideas for the birth partner.
Birthing from Within by Pam England
This book explores birth as a rite of passage and an important experience of self-discovery. Creative exercises ask the mother to explore her expectations and fears. The text also addresses practical birth topics such as; pain coping techniques, the care-provider's role in birth, breastfeeding, and babycare basics.
Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May Gaskin
This is a collection of birth stories that informs and challenges women to embrace birth as a normal and natural process.
Recommended Baby Care & Breastfeeding Resources
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by Diane Wiessinger, Diana West, and Teresa Pitman
La Leche League has revised and updated this classic breastfeeding basics book to include even more wisdom for a mother of today. This book is a great resource for all breastfeeding families.
The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby From Birth to Age Two by William Sears, MD and Martha Sears, RN
This book addresses birth choices, and baby preparation, and then moves onto the essential needs of the baby--eating, sleeping, development, health, and comfort. The Sears' have an easy tone that will bolster any parent's confidence in their ability to care for their child.
La Leche League has been supporting breastfeeding mothers and babies for the last 60 years, through information, education, support, and encouragement. Monthly meetings take place throughout the Los Angeles area, or LLL leaders can be reached for telephone consultations at any time.
Sweet Sleep by Diane Wiessinger, Diana West, Linda J. Smith, and Teresa Pitman
The book is La Leche League's newest book addressing the very common concerns of infant (and parent) sleep. The book discusses detailed, practical advice on naps, nights, and breastfeeding, backed by the latest research.