• The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin: If you only read one childbirth book, this one has it all.  This book covers both childbirth and the roles of partner and doula.
  • Birthing From Within by Pam England: This book really personalizes your feelings about childbirth and will take you on a journey of self discovery.
  • Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth, by Ina May Gaskin: If you learn through storytelling, this is the book for you.  This book particularly addresses pain and labor.
  • The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Childbirth, by Henci Goer: Not a warm, fuzzy book — but one which may challenge you to consider your choices.
  • The Lamaze Guide to Giving Birth with Confidence: For accurate information, you can’t beat this. An excellent alternative to What to Expect.
  • www.childbirthconnection.org: This site is full of up to date, evidenced based information about pregnancy and childbirth.
  • www.motherfriendly.org: Promoting a wellness model to improve birth outcomes and reduce costs, this group has over 90,000 members.
  • www.lamazeinternational.org: Many people don’t realize that Lamaze is no longer about the “strange” breathing.  Normal birth is the name of the game!
  • www.DONA.org: Be in the know about all things doula related – what a doula is and how doulas are trained.

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