Birth Doula Reading List

Doula Studies & History of Birth

Birth – The Surprising History of How We Are Born - Tina Cassidy

Birth as an American Rite of Passage - Robbie Davis-Floyd

Birth Matters – Ina May Gaskin

The Doula Advantage - Rachel Gurevich

The Doula Book: How a Trained Labor Companion Can Help You Have a Shorter, Easier and Healthier Birth - Klaus, Klaus, Kennell

Mothering the Mother: How a Doula Can Help You Have a Shorter, Easier, and Healthier Birth - Marshall H. Klaus

Special Women - Paulina Perez


Labor Support Skills

Active Birth, Revised Edition - Janet Balaskas

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

Easing Labor Pain - Adrienne Lieberman

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth – Ina May Gaskin

The Labor Progress Handbook - Penny Simkin, Ruth Ancheta

The Nurturing Touch at Birth - Paulina Perez


Pregnancy & Birth

Active Birth, Revised Edition - Janet Balaskas

A Good Birth, a Safe Birth - Diana Korte & Roberta Scaer

An Easier Childbirth: A Mother's Guide for Birthing Normally – Peterson

Easing Labor Pain - Adrienne Lieberman

Gentle Birth Choices - Barbara Harper

Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering – Sarah J. Buckley, MD

The Greatest Pregnancy Ever – Laurel Wilson, Tracy Wilson Peters

Immaculate Deception - Suzanne Arms (Original or II)

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth – Ina May Gaskin

Mind over Labour - Carl Jones

The Mother of All Pregnancy Books: An All Canadian Guide to Conception, Birth and Everything in Between - Douglas

Natural Hospital Birth: The Best of Both Worlds – Gabriel

The New Pregnancy and Childbirth: Choices and Challenges - Kitzinger

Optimal Care in Childbirth – Henci Goer & Amy Romano

Optimal Care in Childbirth: The Case for a Physiologic Approach – Goer & Romano

Pregnancy & Childbirth Secrets - Dahl

Pregnancy, Childbirth & the Newborn: The Complete Guide - Simkin, Whalley, Kepler

Visualizations for an Easier Childbirth   Carl Jones

Your Best Birth – Ricki Lake 


Emotional / Spiritual Prep

Birthing from Within – Pam England

Hypnobirthing – Mongan

Prenatal Yoga and Natural Childbirth - Jeannine Parvati Baker

Sacred Pregnancy: a Loving Guide and Journal for Expecting Moms – Anni Daulter

Spiritual Midwifery -  Ina May Gaskin


Birth Partners

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

Fathers at Birth – Rose St. John

When Men are Pregnant - Shapiro



The Breastfeeding Cafe - Behrmann

Breastfeeding Made Simple: 7 Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers - Mohrbacher & Kendall-Tackett

Breastfeeding Solutions: Quick Tips for the Most Common Nursing Challenges - Nancy Mohrbacher

Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding – Ina May Gaskin

The Nursing Mother’s Companion - Huggins

The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers - Dr. Jack Newman & Teresa Pitman

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding - La Leche League International – West & Pitman


Caesarean / VBAC

Birthing Normally After a Cesarean or Two – Helene Vadeboncoeur

Cut, Stapled, & Mended – Rosewood

Immaculate Deception - Suzanne Arms

Silent Knife - Nancy Cohen

The VBAC Companion - Diana Korte 


Special Situations:

Survivor Moms – Mickey Sperlich & Julia Seng

When Hello Means Goodbye - Kirk & Schweibert

When Survivors Give Birth – Penny Simkin


Postpartum Challenges

The Hidden Feelings of Motherhood – Kendall-Tackett

Postpartum Depression and Anxiety – Pacific Post Partum Support Society

The Smiling Mask: Truths About Postpartum Depression and Parenthood - O’Reilly, Paterson, Bird, Collins

Depression in New Mothers: Causes, Consequences, and Treatment Alternatives (2005) - Kendall-Tackett

The Postpartum Husband: Practical Solutions for living with Postpartum Depression Paperback (2001) - Kleiman

This isn’t What I Expected: Overcoming Postpartum Depression (2nd Ed, 2013) – Kleiman & Rasking

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