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Best Childbirth Books: The Ultimate List

Below I’ll give you my selections for the best Childbirth books by a few categories. I will cover these and other great books more in depth later.

Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The Complete Guide (2018)

 Best Childbirth Books: The Ultimate ListParents love this book because it puts them in control; experts love it because it’s based on the latest medical research and recommendations from leading health organizations.
Author(s): Penny Simkin , Janet Whalley, et al.

Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way: Revised Edition (2018)

 Best Childbirth Books: The Ultimate ListThe Bradley Method®, used and praised by women for almost seventy years, prepares you for drug and surgery-free childbirth and puts you in control by providing the tools to navigate evidence-based care. Certified childbirth educator Susan McCutcheon, one of Dr. Bradley’s first students, now makes this natural approach to childbirth more accessible than ever.
Author(s): Susan McCutcheon , Erick Ingraham, et al.

The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth (2017)

 Best Childbirth Books: The Ultimate Liston her YouTube channel and even more on MamaNatural.com, Howland's (a.k.a. Mama Natural) funny but informational videos have empowered millions of women to embrace natural pregnancy and parenting. Now Howland is turning to the page, offering up the first week-by-week pregnancy & childbirth book from a perspective.For the last half-century, control over childbirth has been in favor of doctors.
Author(s): Genevieve Howland

Childbirth Without Fear: The Principles and Practice of Natural Childbirth (2013)

 Best Childbirth Books: The Ultimate ListIn an age where birth has often been overtaken by obstetrics, Dr Dick-Read's philosophy is still as fresh and relevant as it was when he originally wrote this book. He unpicks every possible root cause of western woman's fear and anxiety in pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding and does so with overwhelming heart and empathy. Essential reading for all parents-to-be, childbirth educators, midwives and obstetricians!
Author(s): Grantly Dick-Read, Ina May Gaskin

Birth Without Fear: The Judgment-Free Guide to Taking Charge of Your Pregnancy, Birth, and Postpartum (2019)

 Best Childbirth Books: The Ultimate ListIn Birth Without Fear, January Harshe–founder of the global online community Birth Without Fear–delivers an honest, positive, and passionate message of empowerment surrounding everything that involves having a baby.
Author(s): January Harshe

Birthing Justice: Black Women, Pregnancy, and Childbirth (2015)

 Best Childbirth Books: The Ultimate ListThere is a global crisis in maternal health care for black women. In the United States, black women are over three times more likely to perish from pregnancy-related complications than white women; their babies are half as likely to survive the first year.
Author(s): Julia Oparah, Alicia Bonaparte

Supernatural Childbirth (1993)

 Best Childbirth Books: The Ultimate ListPregnancy and childbirth are often depicted as a time of sickness and mood swings for women followed by twelve to twenty hours of pain and hard labor. Many women have been told they can never conceive. Others have suffered the pain of conceiving and miscarrying. Have you had enough of this picture? Supernatural Childbirth is a practical and realistic look at God’s promises for conception, pregnancy and delivery.
Author(s): Jackie Mize

Clinical Aromatherapy for Pregnancy and Childbirth (2000)

 Best Childbirth Books: The Ultimate ListThis is the most detailed and research-based book available on aromatherapy aimed specifically at those caring for pregnant and childbearing women, especially midwives and aromatherapists.
Author(s): Tiran MSc RM PGCEA, Denise

Husband-Coached Childbirth (Fifth Edition): The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth (2008)

 Best Childbirth Books: The Ultimate ListNow completely revised and updated for today’s parents-to-beThe book that started a revolution in the birthing experience and helped millions of women and their partners to a safe and natural childbirth. The Bradley Method has changed the way men and women—and the medical establishment—think about childbirth today. Now this new, updated edition of the groundbreaking work by Robert A.
Author(s): Robert A. Bradley, Marjie Hathaway, et al.

Mindful Birthing: Training the Mind, Body, and Heart for Childbirth and Beyond (2012)

 Best Childbirth Books: The Ultimate ListWith Mindful Birthing, Nancy Bardacke, nurse-midwife and mindfulness teacher, lays out her innovative program for pregnancy, childbirth, and beyond.
Author(s): Nancy Bardacke

Oxorn-Foote Human Labor and Birth (1986)

 Best Childbirth Books: The Ultimate ListOffers detailed information about the process of childbirth, discusses possible complications, and covers ultrasound examinations, Cesarean section, and care of the newborn infant #908,818 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #1623 in Pregnancy & Childbirth (Books) #309 in Obstetrics & Gynecology (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?
Author(s): Harry Oxorn

Best Childbirth Books: The Ultimate List

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Library Genesis and download some childbirth books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

The Couples' Pregnancy Guide: How to Navigate Pregnancy and Childbirth as a Team

Author(s): D'Anthony Ward, Rachel Ward
ID: 3698079, Publisher: Zeitgeist, Year: 2023, Size: 7 Mb, Format: epub

Birth As an American Rite of Passage

Author(s): Robbie Davis-Floyd, Melissa Cheyney
ID: 3249718, Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2022, Size: 3 Mb, Format: pdf

Doulas in Italy: The Emergence of a 'New' Care Profession

Author(s): Pamela Pasian
ID: 3249724, Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2022, Size: 23 Mb, Format: pdf

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are really chart-busters according to The Wall Street Journal, others are drafted by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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