While there are many courses and tutorials online, learning from a book is still one of the best ways to greatly improve your skills. Below I have selected top Natural Childbirth books.
What you need to know to have the best birth experience for you. Drawing upon her thirty-plus years of experience, Ina May Gaskin, the nation’s leading midwife, shares the benefits and joys of natural childbirth by showing women how to trust in the ancient wisdom of their bodies for a healthy and fulfilling birthing experience. Based on the female-centered Midwifery Model of Care, Ina May’s Guide to Natural Childbirth gives expectant mothers comprehensive information on everything from the all-important mind-body connection to how to give birth without technological intervention. Filled with inspiring birth stories and…
The 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. You will learn:• Exercises and nutrition to get your body ready for birthing• To defuse fear by understanding all aspects of laboring• How to involve your partner as a birth coach and a fully engaged…
Many mothers-to-be find themselves torn between the desire for a with minimal medical intervention and the peace of mind offered by that only a hospital can provide. In Natural Hospital Birth, doula Cynthia Gabriel asserts that there is no good reason that women should not be able to have both.Cynthia shows expectant mothers what they can do to and how to take initiative and consciously prepare for the kind of birth they want to have. Also included are inspiring stories from other women who know firsthand that natural birth in the hospital is possible. With this book,…
4. The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth (2017)
on 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. Many pregnancy guides are , or written by male physicians deeply entrenched in the medical model of birth. . A groundswell of women are taking back their pregnancy and childbirth and embracing a natural way. Genevieve…
5. HypnoBirthing, Fourth Edition: The natural approach to safer, easier, more comfortable birthing – The Mongan Method, 4th Edition (2015)
HypnoBirthing® has gained momentum around the globe as a positive and empowering method of childbirth. Here’s why: HypnoBirthing helps women to become empowered by developing an awareness of the instinctive birthing capability of their bodies. It greatly reduces the pain of labor and childbirth; frequently eliminates the need for drugs; reduces the need for caesarian surgery or other doctor-controlled birth interventions; and it also shortens birthing and recovery time, allowing for better and earlier bonding with the baby, which has been proven to be vital to the mother-child bond….
With Mindful Birthing, Nancy Bardacke, nurse-midwife and mindfulness teacher, lays out her innovative program for pregnancy, childbirth, and beyond. Drawing on groundbreaking research in neuroscience, mindfulness meditation, and mind/body medicine, Bardacke offers practices that will help you find calm and ease during this life-changing time, providing lifelong skills for healthy living and wise parenting. SOME OF THE BENEFITS OF MINDFUL BIRTHING: American College of Nurse-Midwives’ Best Book of the Year Award: 2014National Parenting Publications Award: 2013Mom’s Choice Award: 2013Greater Good…
In 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!…
8. Active Birth: The New Approach to Giving Birth Naturally (Non) (1992)
Janet Balaskas led a movement of women who refused to give birth lying down. She has been teaching women about “active birthâ? ever since. In this updated and Americanized guide, Balaskas explains how to prepare for and experience a truly natural birth. She leads the pregnant woman through yoga-based stretching exercises and massage practice, and describes the stages of labor and comfortable positions for each, at home or in a hospital. Balaskas has also included a chapter on water birth as well as postpartum exercises….
9. Birth Without Fear: The Judgment-Free Guide to Taking Charge of Your Pregnancy, Birth, and Postpartum (2019)
In 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. It’s a guide that fills in the considerable cracks in the information available to women and families when they’re preparing to welcome a child–covering care provider choices, medical freedom, birth options, breastfeeding, intimacy, postpartum depression, and much more. Birth Without Fear shows moms, dads, partners, and families how to choose the best provider for them, how…
10. The Doula’s Guide to Empowering Your Birth: A Complete Labor and Childbirth Companion for Parents to Be (2018)
Lindsey Bliss, who has assisted as a doula at and is herself a mother of seven, reveals here all the wisdom and who hire them.The Doula's Guide to Empowering Your Birth covers the period . The focus, however, is on preparing for birth–including topics like how to pick the right childbirth class and the right birthing method. You’ll also see how to through labor and birth, and how to approach last-minute decisions about pain medications and cesarean sections. Bliss's tone throughout is at once as well as . Her concern in her practice as well as in these pages is to listen to and help…
Now completely revised and updated for today’s parents-to-be…The 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. Bradley, M.D., has all the information you need to approach a natural childbirth safely, confidently, and wisely. From the reasons to choose the Bradley Method to the steps you will take as your birth day…
12. The Complete Book of Essential Oils for Mama and Baby: Safe and Natural Remedies for Pregnancy, Birth, and Children (2017)
Healing essential oils blends for you―and baby, too.Whether you have a baby on the way or a brand-new arrival, keeping your family in good health is your top priority. With The Complete Book of Essential Oils for Mama and Baby, you can create safe and affordable treatments for common conditions during pregnancy, delivery, postpartum, infancy, and early childhood.You’ll learn to harness the healing properties of essential oils in baths, room sprays, salves and balms, inhalers, massage oils, and more. Reference charts and clear dilution instructions for every age empower you to use essential…
13. Supernatural Childbirth (1993)
Pregnancy 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. This is not "pie-in-the-sky"-This is a personal testimony of how one couple overcame defeat and triumphed in God’s plan! Jackie Mize had…
14. The Fourth Trimester: A Postpartum Guide to Healing Your Body, Balancing Your Emotions, and Restoring Your Vitality (2017)
This holistic guide offers practical advice to support women through postpartum healing on the physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual levels—and provides women with a roadmap to this very important transition that can last from a few months to a few years.Kimberly Ann Johnson draws from her vast professional experience as a doula, postpartum consultant, yoga teacher, body worker, and women’s health care advocate, and from the healing traditions of Ayurveda, traditional Chinese medicine, and herbalism—as well as her own…
Best Natural Childbirth Books Worth Your Attention
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 Genesis and download some natural 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.
Natural pregnancy : practical medical advice and holistic wisdom for a healthy pregnancy and childbirth
Author(s): Feder, Lauren
Publisher: Hatherleigh Press, Year: 2014, Size: 3 Mb, Download: epub
The yoga birth method : a step-by-step guide for natural childbirth
Author(s): Guerra, Dorothy
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.;Llewellyn Publications, Year: 2013, Size: 4 Mb, Download: epub
All Natural*: *A Skeptic's Quest to Discover If the Natural Approach to Diet, Childbirth, Healing, and the Environment Really Keeps Us Healthier and Happier
Author(s): Johnson, Nathaneal
Publisher: Rodale Press, Incorporated, Year: 2013, Size: 576 Kb, Download: epub
Author(s): Dave Barry
Publisher: , Year: 2012, Size: 10 Kb, Download: epub
Natural birth : a holistic guide to pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding
Author(s): Turner, Kristina
Publisher: Floris Books, Year: 2010, Size: 555 Kb, Download: epub
Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are absolutely record-breakers according to Chicago Tribune, others are written by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.