I am happy to share my evergrowing library with my clients. If any of these titles spark your interest, please let me know, thats what they're here for! A good pregnancy book should provide all of the necessary information without making you fearful of the birthing process. If you are currently reading a pregnancy book is instilling more fear than it’s relieving, maybe its time for a new book! Make sure to scroll all the way down to see them all & click on each title for further information.
Pregnancy and Childbirth preperation...
The Complete Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth by Sheila Kitzinger
Birthing from Within: An extra-ordinary guide to childbirth preperation by Pam England
Hypnobirthing: The breakthrough natural approach to safer, easier, more comfortable birthing - the Mongan method by Marie Mongan
Natural childbirth the Bradley way by Susan McCutcheon
Pregnancy, childbirth and the Newborn: The Complete Guide by Penny Simkin
Ina May's Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin
Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May Gaskin
The Essential Homebirth Guide by Jane E. Drichta & Jodilyn Owen
The Thinking Womens Guide to a Better Birth by Henci Goer
The Pregnancy Book by Dr. Sears
Birth Reborn by Dr. Michael Odent
The Natural Pregnancy Book: Herbs, Nutrition & other holistic choices by Aviva Romm
Magical Beginnings, Enchanted Lives: A Holistic Guide to Pregnancy & Childbirth by Deepak Chopra
Born to Live: A Holistic Approach to Childbirth by Gladys T. McGarey
Gentle Birth Choices by Barbara Harper, R.N.
Dr. Jack Newman's Guide to Breastfeeding by Jack Newman
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by Dianne Weissinger
Baby and beyond...
Secrets of the Baby Whisperer by Tracy Hogg
Loving hands by Fredrick Leboyer
Everyday Blessings: The inner Work of Mindful Parenting by Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn
You Are Your child's First Teacher by Rahima Baldwin Dancy
The Attachment Parenting Book by Dr. Sears
The Baby sleep Book by Dr. Sears
Recommended Films and Documentaries...
If any of these thought provoking titles intrigue you, please click on the image to direct you to its website where you can view more information on it, view the trailer and have the option to purchase the film. Some may be available at the public library as well.
"Birth Story" by Ina May Gaskin & the Farm Midwives
A beautiful documentary on the life’s work of midwife Ina May Gaskin and her community of midwives and families in Tennessee.
"The Business of Being Born" by Ricki Llake and Abby Epstein
This documentary has become a sort of gateway drug into advocacy for childbirth choices. A classic.
"More business of Being Born" by Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein
This film follows the landmark documentary, "The Business of Being Born", with an all-new, four part DVD series that continues the provocative and entertaining exploration of the modern maternity care system.
"The Mama Sherpas" by Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein
In 2012, one in three babies in America were delivered by c-section, despite the World Health Organization's recommendation that Cesarean births remain below 15 percent. How can these disturbing trend be reversed?
"The Face of Birth" by Kate Gorman and Gavin Banks
A documentary on the politicization of birth choices with a focus on Australia and the United Kingdom.
"Freedom for Birth" by Toni Harman and Alex Wakeford
A documentary that re-frames Human Rights issues as the most pressing issue in childbirth today; calling for radical change to the world's maternity systems - this is the Mothers' Revolution.
"Orgasmic Birth" by Debra Pascali-Bonaro
This documentary film follows 11 women giving birth and examines the intimate nature of birth, an everyday miracle, and the powerful role it plays in women’s lives when they are permitted to experience it fully.
"40 Weeks" a big belli production
A documentary that delves into each week of a woman's pregnancy by interviewing moms about their own personal experiences.
"Breastmilk" by Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein
With unexpected humor, with an unflinching camera, with some guilt and some pain, this film takes the unusual risk of examining what breast milk truly means.
"The Milky Way" by Chantal Molnar and Jennifer Davidson
This is a documentary exposé about breastfeeding in the United States. We show how women can reclaim their birthright and restore the nursing mother archetype. It's a film that inspires women to say, “I can do that!” “I want to do that!”
"Midwife" by Allison Kuznia
A documentary about the homebirth midwifery profession.
"It's My body, My Baby, My Birth" created by Wisewoman Childbirth Traditions
This film follows seven women as they progress through their pregnancies and births. Geared more toward women and their partners who are making decisions about birth, the film focuses on the joys and satisfactions of natural childbirth.
"Laboring Under An Illusion" by Vicki Elson
This film, which includes dozens of clips of birth scenes from movies and TV, explores media-generated myths about childbirth and how our culture affects our birth experiences.
"In the Womb", a National Geographic film
From the moment of conception, every human embryo embarks on an incredible nine month journey of development. Now, cutting-edge technology makes it possible for National Geographic's In the Womb to open a window into the hidden world of the fetus and explore each trimester in amazing new detail
"Babies" by Alain Chabat
A cross-cultural look at early childhood development. It’s also hilarious.
"A Breech in the System" by Karen Ecker
The film features an story of a woman, who wants to give birth to her breech baby in a hospital. They say she has to have a caesarean section. This is an inspiring documentary about her to attempt to birth naturally against all odds.
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