The “Doula’s Top Ten” Resources for Childbirth Preparation

Jodi M. Green, CLD (CAPPA)

Active Birth

Janet Balaskas

A clearly illustrated guide to labor and birthing positions, for maximum comfort and efficiency of pregnancy and birthing.

The Baby Book*

William Sears, M.D. and Martha Sears, R.N.

This book effectively answers any parenting question that might occur in the first two years, while considering the latest medical research and advocating gentle parenting.

The Birth Book

William Sears, M.D. and Martha Sears, R.N.

Bill and Martha Sears are uniquely qualified to answer every question you might have about the birth process, including childbirth preparation, choosing your birth place and your birth team.

 Birthing From Within*

Pam England and Rob Horowitz

Different than other informative childbirth preparation guidebooks, Pam England offers creative ways for birthing women to discover their own strengths and needs for birth and afterward.

Breastfeeding Mother, Working Mother

Gale Pryor

A wonderful, supportive guide for working mothers who want to continue breastfeeding after returning to work. Covers the information that a working mother needs to know about the basics of breastfeeding and much more.

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth*

Ina May Gaskin

Midwife Ina May’s experience and insights that she brought to Spiritual Midwifery are updated for a new generation in Ina May’s Guide. This is a great source of positive birth stories and contains all you need to know to create the best birth experience for you.

The Natural Pregnancy Book

Aviva Jill Romm

Romm thoughtfully details the complete journey from conception to postpartum care, with an emphasis on natural foods and holisitc remedies, and is an ideal resource for women who envision a pregnancy and birth that is both as  natural and as safe as possible.

The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth*

Henci Goer

Birth activist Henci Goer gives clear, concise information based on the latest medical studies. This book helps parents compare and contrast options and to avoid unnecessary procedures.

Womanly Art of Breastfeeding

La Leche League International

Includes the latest information and research on breastfeeding. An excellent guidebook with an abundance of parenting information. While a great resource, not recommended for cover-to-cover reading.

The Business of Being Born (May 2008)


This powerful and very popular documentary directed by Abby Epstein and featuring a wide panel of world-renowned medical experts is a thorough and respectful introduction to both natural and medical childbirth options.


*These are the most highly recommended must-reads. If you lay your hands on no other birth books at all, read these! These four books alone will give you a solid foundation of what you need to know regarding medical information, education, inner discovery, and readiness for parenting.

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