Reading Recommendations

Many of the following books are available in my lending library. They may be borrowed, at no charge, by participants in my childbirth preparation classes.

Pregnancy, Birth, Breastfeeding and Postpartum Recovery:

  • Birthing From Within by Pam England and Rob Horowitz
  • Breastfeeding: Getting Breastfeeding Right for You (2nd Edition) by Mary Renfrew, Chloe Fish and Susanne Arms
  • Birth Your Way by Sheila Kitzinger
  • Birth as an American Rite of Passage by Robbie Davis-Floyd
  • Childbirth Without Fear: The Principles and Practice of Natural Childbirth by Grantly Dick-Read
  • Dr. Jack Newman’s Guide to Breastfeeding (2014 Edition) by Dr. Jack Newman & Teresa Pitman
  • Exercising Through Pregnancy by Dr. James Clapp
  • Gentle Birth Choices by Barbara Harper
  • Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering by Sarah Buckley, MD
  • Giving Birth with Confidence: The Official Lamaze Guide (3rd Edition) by Judith Lothian & Charlotte DeVries
  • Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin
  • Men at Birth edited by David Vernon
  • Men, Love & Birth by Mark Harris
  • Mindful Birthing: Training the Mind, Body and heart for Childbirth and Beyond by Nancy Bardacke
  • New Active Birth by Janet Balaskas
  • Origins: How the Nine Months Before Birth Shape the Rest of Our Lives by Annie Murphy Paul
  • Preemies (2nd Edition) by Dana Wechsler Linden, Emma Trenti Paroli, and Mia Wechsler Doron, MD
  • Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn (5th Edition) by Penny Simkin, April Bolding, Ann Keppler, Janelle Durham & Janet Whalley
  • Pride and Joy: A Guide for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Parents by Sarah & Rachel Hagger-Holt
  • Reclaiming Childbirth as a Rite of Passage by Rachel Reed
  • Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May Gaskin
  • The Birth Partner: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions by Penny Simkin
  • The Essential Homebirth Guide by Jane Drichta and Jodilyn Owen
  • The Fourth Trimester by Kimberly Ann Johnson
  • The Happiest Baby on the Block by Dr. Harvey Karp
  • The Labor Progress Handbook by Penny Simkin
  • The Nursing Mother’s Companion by Kathleen Huggins
  • The Oxytocin Factor by Kristin Uvnas Moberg
  • The Postnatal Depletion Cure by Dr. Oscar Serrallach
  • The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers by Dr. Jack Newman
  • The Ultimate Guide to Sex After Baby: Secrets to Love & Intimacy by Debra Pascali Bonaro
  • The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding: 35th Anniversary Edition
  • When Survivors Give Birth by Penny Simkin
  • Why Induction Matters by Rachel Reed
  • Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom by Christiane Northrup, MD


  • Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting by Jon & Myla Kabat-Zinn
  • Infant Massage: A Handbook for Loving Parents
  • Nobody Told Me About That: The First Six Weeks by Ginger Breedlove
  • Our Babies, Ourselves: How Biology and Culture Shape the Way We Parent
  • The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby – From Birth to Age Two by William and Martha Sears
  • The Fourth Trimester: Understanding, Protecting, and Nurturing an Infant Through the First Three Months by Susan Brink
  • The Parent’s Tao Te Ching: Ancient Advice for Modern Parents by William Martin
  • The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind, Survive Everyday Parenting Struggles, and Help Your Family Thrive by Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson
  • Your Amazing Newborn by Marshall and Phyllis Klaus
  • Your Self Confident Baby by Magda Gerber

MBCP (Mindfulness Based Childbirth and Parenting) in the Press (from