Reading List

Recommended Reading

When possible, books are listed with links to and the Monroe County Library System. A portion of your purchase at goes to RABN. Thank you for your support!


The Pregnancy Book, by William Sears, Martha Sears & Linda Holt (buy now / check library)
The Brewer Pregnancy Hotline: What Every Woman Should Know about Nutrition, Bed Rest and Drugs in Normal and High-Risk Pregnancy, by Gail Sforza Krebs & Thomas H. Brewer
The Natural Pregnancy Book: Herbs, Nutrition and Other Holistic Choices, by Aviva Jill Romm (buy now / check library)
Preparing for Birth with Yoga, by Janet Balaskas (buy now / check library)


Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering – Sarah Buckley, MD (buy now)
The Birth Book, by William & Martha Sears (buy now / check library)
Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth, by Ina May Gaskin (buy now / check library)
The Thinking Woman’s Guide to A Better Birth, by Henci Goer (buy now / check library)
Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way, by Susan McCutcheon (buy now / check library)
Active Birth, by Janet Balaskas (buy now / check library)
Gentle Birth Choices, by Barbara Harper (buy now / check library)
A Wise Birth, by Penny Armstrong & Sheryl Feldman (buy now / check library)
Obstetric Myths vs. Research Realities, by Henci Goer (buy now / check library)
A Good Birth, A Safe Birth, by Korte & Scaer (buy now / check library)
Silent Knife, by Cohen & Estner (buy now / check library)
An Easier Childbirth: A Mothers Guide for Birthing Normally, by Gayle Peterson (buy now /check library)
Creating Your Birth Plan: The Definitive Guide to a Safe and Empowering Birth, by Marsden Wagner & Stephanie Gunning (buy now / check library)
Birthing From Within, by Pam England & Rob Horowitz (buy now / check library)

Doulas & Labor Support

Mothering The Mother: How a Doula Can Help You Have a Shorter, Easier & Healthier Birth, by Klaus, Kennell, & Klaus (buy now / check library)
Husband Coached Childbirth, by Robert Bradley (buy now / check library)
The Birth Partner, by Penny Simkin (buy now / check library)
The Labor Progress Handbook – by Penny Simkin (Buy Now)


Homebirth, by Sheila Kitzinger (buy now / check library)
Special Delivery, by Rahima Baldwin (buy now / check library)
Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering by Sarah Buckley, MD (buy now)

Special Circumstances

Optimal Foetal Positioning, by Jean Sutton & Pauline Scott
Having Twins, by Elizabeth Noble (buy now / check library)
Breech Birth Woman-Wise, by Maggie Banks

Post-Partum & Breastfeeding

Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding by Ina May Gaskin (buy now/check library)
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, 7th Ed., by La Leche League (buy now / check library)
The Baby Book, by William & Martha Sears (buy now / check library)
Mothering The New Mother: Your Postpartum Resource Companion, by Sally Placksin (buy now / check library)
The Breastfeeding Café, by Barbara Behrmann (buy now / check library)
The No Cry Sleep Solution by Elizabeth Pantley ( Buy now/ check library)

Midwives’ Informational Autobiographies

A Midwife’s Story, by Penny Armstrong & Sheryl Feldman (buy now / check library)
Baby Catcher:Chronicles of a Modern Midwife, by Peggy Vincent (buy now / check library)
Diary of a Midwife: The Power of Positive Childbearing, by Juliana van Olphen-Fehr (buy nowcheck library)

Cultural Analyses

In Labor: Women & Power in the Birthplace, by Barbara Katz Rothman (buy now)
Birth as an American Rite of Passage, by Robbie E. Davis-Floyd (buy now / check library)
The American Way of Birth, by Jessica Mitford (buy now / check library)
Born in the USA; How a Broken Maternity System Must be Fixed to Put Women and Children First, by Marsden Wagner (buy now / check library)
Birth Models that Work Edited by Davis-Floyd, Barclay, Daviss, & Tritten (buy now)

Midwifery Texts/Research sources

Understanding Diagnostic Testing in the Childbearing Year, by Anne Frye (buy now)
Holistic Midwifery: Volume I, by Anne Frye (buy now)
Holistic Midwifery: Volume II, by Anne Frye (buy now)
Promoting Normal Birth: Research, Reflections & Guidelines , Edited by Sylvie Donna (buy now)
Optimal Care in Childbirth: The Case for a Physiologic Approach by Henci Goer & Amy Romano ( Buy now)