Doulas and Childbirth



Is there any suggested reading?


Please check the following list of titles. I heartily recommend them for those who would like to plan their birth and need to know their options. I will add to this list from time to time. Please do read before your birth. It will help you to know that you do have choices and that you have a right to the kind of birth you desire. Discuss any thoughts with your caregivers well in advance of your expected birth to be sure they will support your wishes.

Knowledge is empowerment!


BESTFEEDING: Getting Breastfeeding Right for You, by Mary Renfrew, Chloe Fisher, and Suzanne Arms, 2004, Ten Speed Press

BIRTH AS AN AMERICAN RITE OF PASSAGE, by Robbie E. Davis-Floyd, 1993, University of California Press

THE BIRTH PARTNER Everything You Need to Know to Help a Woman Through Childbirth, by Penny Simkin, 2001, The Harvard Common Press

BIRTH REBORN, by Dr. Michel Odent, 1994, Birth Works Incorporated

THE BREASTFEEDING ANSWER BOOK, by Nancy Mohrbacher, Julie Stock, La Leche League International, 2003, La Leche League International

CHILDBIRTH WITHOUT FEAR Original and Unabridged, by Grantley Dick-Read, 1959, 2004, Pinter and Martin

THE DOULA BOOK How a Trained Labor Companion Can Help You Have a Shorter, Easier, and Healthier Birth, by Marshall H. Klaus, M.D.; John H. Kennell, M.D.; and Phyllis H. Klaus, C.S.W., M.F.T. 2002, Perseus Publishing

GENTLE BIRTH CHOICES, by Barbara Harper, R.N. and Suzanne Arms (photographer), 2005, Healing Arts Press

A GOOD BIRTH, A SAFE BIRTH Choosing and Having the Childbirth Experience You Want, by Diana Korte and Roberta M. Scaer, 1992, The Harvard Common Press

INA MAY'S GUIDE TO CHILDBIRTH, by Ina May Gaskin, 2003, Bantam Books

IMMACULATE DECEPTION II Myth, Magic & Birth, Knowing What's Best for You & Your Baby, by Suzanne Arms, 1994, Celestial Arts

OBSTETRIC MYTHS VERSUS RESEARCH REALITIES A Guide to the Medical Literature, by Henci Goer, 1995, Bergin and Garvey

OPEN SEASON A Survival Guide for Natural Childbirth and VBAC* in the 90s (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean Section), by Nancy Wainer Cohen, 1991, Bergin & Garvey

PREGNANCY CHILDBIRTH AND THE NEWBORN Revised and Updated : The Complete Guide, by Penny Simkin, 2001, Meadowbrook Press

SPECIAL DELIVERY A guide to creating the birth you want for you and your baby, by Rahima Baldwin Dancy, 1990, Celestial Arts

SPIRITUAL MIDWIFERY, by Ina May Gaskin, 2002 Edition, The Book Publishing Company

THE THINKING WOMAN'S GUIDE TO A BETTER BIRTH, by Henci Goer, 1999, Perigee Trade


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