books, videos & websites

We are inundated with information everyday.  It can feel impossible to sort through all of the noise and to hear what is useful.  This is never more true than during Pregnancy, Birth, and the Postpartum period.  Below is a list of books and websites that I’ve found to be both empowering and evidence based. Happy reading!


Recommended Birth Books

“Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth”
by Ina May Gaskin

If you read only one book while your pregnant, let it be this one.

“An Easier Childbirth”
by Gayle H Peterson, PhD.

Gayle Peterson’s pioneering work on the body-mind processes of pregnancy and birth have inspired such philosophies as Robin Sale’s Whole Birth™ Resources and Pamela England’s Birthing From Within. Her book “An Easier Childbirth” helps women and families work through the emotional dynamics of pregnancy and birth.

“The Birth Partner”
by Penny Simkin

Everything you need to know to help a woman through childbirth.

“Mindful Birthing: Training the Mind, Body, and Heart for Childbirth and Beyond”
by Nancy Bardacke

“Birthing From Within”
by Pamela England and Horowitz

 Pamela’s book is different from any other pregnancy book. She helps couples explore the inner dynamics of the life transition of birth based on Gayle Peterson’s model of body-centered childbirth.

“The Complete Pregnancy Book”
by Sheila Kitzinger

A wonderful and comprehensive book about everything to do with pregnancy and birth. If you only by one general book about pregnancy, this is the one! Sheila emphasizes the normal process of birth and informs couples on the myriad of options available to them in different birth settings, as well as month by month descriptions of pregnancy, nutrition, etc…

“The Natural Pregnancy Book”
by Aviva Jill Romm

 Aviva Jill Romm is a respected physician, herbalist and midwife who simplifies using herbs safely during pregnancy, birth and postpartum. She also explores pregnancy month by month, emotional dynamics and includes a comprehensive list of common ailments and discomforts of pregnancy and how to treat them naturally.

“Gentle Birth Choices”
by Barbara Harper

A book about making choices in your pregnancy and birth that are respectful, gentle and healthy for couples and babies. Water birth is explored in detail with many studies and medical information to back up its safety and effectiveness.

“Yoga Mama, Yoga Baby: Ayurveda for a Healthy Pregnancy and Birth”
by Margo Shapiro Bachman

A wonderful book for Prenatal Yoga teachers and pregnant Mamas alike.  Broken into easily digestible sections by month, and full of yoga poses, ayurvedic recommendations, and enough personal anecdotes to keep it entertaining.

Recommended Birth Websites

Evidence Based Birth: Evidence that Empowers
A great place to easily locate evidence based information.

An easy to navigate resource and great place to find quick answers to so many common questions about what’s common, what’s not, and everything in between.  Also an excellent postpartum tool!

Spinning Babies
Founded by Gail Tully, a midwife, this website provides excellent tips and advice for encouraging your little one into an optimal position  in order to prepare for labor and birth.

Ina May Gaskin’s Website

Recommended Birth Videos

"“Birth into Being”
 Eleni Tonetti

“Organic Birth”
revised new version of Orgasmic Birth

“Birth Day”
a short, beautiful waterbirth at home in Mexic0

“It's My Body, My Baby, My Birth”
one of the very few birth movies that includes queer families

“Business of Being Born” &
“More About the Business of Being Born”
Ricki Lake

Recommended Postpartum Books

Postpartum Mood Disorders:

“Dropping the Baby and Other Scary Thoughts”
by Karen Kleiman

“The Postpartum Husband”
by Karen Kleiman

“This Isn't What I Expected”
by Karen Kleiman

General Postpartum Care and Adjustment:

“Natural Health After Birth”
by Aviva Jill Romm

“Mothering the New Mother”
by Sally Placksin

“After the Baby’s Birth”
by Robin Lim

Recommended Postpartum Websites

Postpartum Support International

Mercy Hospital Lactation Services

Locate information on support groups, lactation support, and birth place policies and information offered at Mercy Hospital.

Maine Medical Center Lactation Services

Locate information on support groups, lactation support, and hospital policies and information offered at Main Medical Center.