SUGGESTED READING List

Goals:

Read 3 books about nutrition/health

Read 3 books about pregnancy/birth

Read 2 books about parenting/infant care

Read 3 books about birth activism/social issues/History

Essential:

The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet- Wolf

Special Delivery- Rahima Baldwin

How to Raise a Healthy Child in Spite of Your Doctor- Mendelsohn 

Entering the World: The de-medicalization of childbirth –Odent

Nutrition/health:

Herbal For The Childbearing Year- Susun Weed

Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth - Boston Women’s Health Collective.

The Perfect Pregnancy Cookbook: Boost Fertility and Promote a Healthy Pregnancy With Optimum Nutrition-Holford Craving Earth: Understanding Pica--the Urge to Eat Clay, Starch, Ice, and Chalk by Sera L. Young

The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet- Wolf

Full Moon Feast: Food and the Hunger for Connection- Prentice

The Natural Pregnancy Book: Herbs, Nutrition, and Other Holistic Choices- Aviva Jill Romm M.D.
The Vegetarian Mother's Cookbook: Whole Foods To Nourish Pregnant And Breastfeeding Women - And Their Families 

Pregnancy/Birth:

Mamatoto: A Celebration of Birth by Carroll Dunham

Journey into Motherhood: Inspirational Stories of Natural Birth Sheri L. Menelli (Author)

Active Birth: The New Approach to giving birth Naturally- Janet Balaskas

Birth Reborn - Michel Odent

Birthing From Within- Pam England

Gentle Birth Choices- Barbara Harper

Giving Birth- Catherine Taylor

Homebirth – Sheila Kitzinger

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth – Ina May Gaskin

Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn- Penny Simkin

Special Delivery- Rahima Baldwin

Spiritual Midwifery- Ina May Gaskin

The Vaginal Birth after Cesarean Experience – Lynn Baptisti Richards

Waterbirth – Susana Napierala

The Birth Partner- Penny Simpkin 

Parenting/Infant Care:

Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers- Mohrbacher & Kendall-tackett

The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers

Attached at the Heart: 8 Proven Parenting Principles for Raising Connected and Compassionate Children

Prenatal Parenting: The Complete Psychological and Spiritual Guide to Loving Your Unborn Child- Wirth

After the Baby’s Birth- Robin Lim

Infant Massage: Handbook for Loving Parents- McClure 

My Two-Year-Old Eats Octopus: Raising Children Who Love to Eat Everything- Piho

How to Raise a Healthy Child in Spite of Your Doctor- Mendelsohn M.D

Your Amazing Newborn Klaus & Klaus

Do Not Disturb: Benefits of Relaxed Parenting for You and Your Child-Jackson

 

Activism/Social Issues/History: 

Pushed: The Painful Truth About Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care- Jennifer Block 

A Good Birth, A Safe Birth- Diana Korte and Roberta Scaer

American Way of Birth- Jessica Mitford

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

Birth in Four Cultures- Brigitte Jordan

Immaculate Deception II- Suzanne Arms

Midwifery and Childbirth in America- Judith Rooks

Midwifery and the Medicalization of Childbirth

Pursuing the Birth Machine- Marsden Wagner

The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth- Henci Goer

Where Women Have No Doctor – Hesperian Foundation, Burns & Niemann

Sisters on a Journey: portraits of American midwives - Penfield Chester

Birth without Doctors – Jacqueline Vincent-Priya

Entering the World: The de-medicalization of childbirth – Michel Odent

Labor Pains: Modern Midwives and Homebirth – Deborah Sullivan

Listen to me Good- Margaret Charles Smith