Lending Library and Recommended Reading

267030_reading_statueI am often asked which books I recommend on birth, and breastfeeding. I offer a lending library to my clients and to families within my community, with a small $5 fee that is returned when all books have made it safely back home again. However, there are many wonderful books that I highly recommend, that I simply don’t have in my library as of yet. Below is a compilation of both the books I have for lending (denoted by a **), and books that I have found to be immensely helpful.  This list is by no means exhaustive, and I will be adding to it often.

Pregnancy and Birth:

A Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth by Henci Goer
Birthing From Within by Pam England **
Birth Matters: A Midwife’s Manifesta by Ina May Gaskin
Birth Reborn: What Childbirth Should Be by Michel Odent
Childbirth Without Fear: The Priniciples and Practice of Natural Childbirth by Grantly Dick-Read
Gentle Birth Choices by Barbara Harper
Heart and Hands: A Midwife’s Guide to Pregnancy and Birth by Elizabeth Davis **
Home Birth by Sheila Kitzinger
Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin **
Orgasmic Birth: Your Guide to a Safe, Satisfying, and Pleasurable Birth Experience by Elizabeth Davis
Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The Complete Guide by Penny Simkin **
Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May Gaskin
The Birth Partner: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and Other Labor Companions by Penny Simkin **
The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth by Sheila Kitzinger
The Doula Book: How a Trained Labor Companion can Help You Have A Shorter, Easier, and Healthier Birth by John H. Kennel **


Babies, Breastfeeding, and Bonding by Ina May Gaskin
Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding by Ina May Gaskin
The Breastfeeding Answer Book by Le Leche League
The Breastfeeding Book by Dr. William Sears
The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers by Jack Newman **
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by La Leche League **


Fertility: A Comprehensive Guide to Natural Family Planning by Elizabeth Clubb
Taking Charge of your Fertility by Toni Weschler

Natural Health:

Herbal Healing for Women by Rosemary Gladstar
Naturally Healthy Pregnancy by Shonda Parker **
The Natural Pregnancy Book: Herbs, Nutrition, and Other Holistic Choices by Aviva Jill Romm


For the Children’s Sake:Foundations of Education for Home and School by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay**
The Well-Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer
Parenting during the First 2 Years:

Connection Parenting by Pam Leo **
The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two by Dr. William Sears **
The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for Your Child by Dr. Robert W. Sears