The doulas at Thrive Birth Services of Delmarva want to share our favorite pregnancy/birth/parenting books with you. We know that sometimes the vast amount of available books can seem overwhelming when you're expecting. We've narrowed it down to our very favorites so that you can check them out for yourself (click on each title to view the Amazon descriptions).
The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth, by Henci Goer and Rhonda Wheeler
A fabulous resource for gathering information about all of the risks and benefits of common labor and birth procedures and interventions. The perfect book to buy when making your birth plan.
The Birth Partner, by Penny Simkin
The BEST resource for dads, partners, mother-in-laws, doulas, and anyone else who plans to attend the birth. You will find information about how to best support your partner and what to expect in the process.
The Birth Book, by William and Martha Sears
By the famous pediatric specialists, The Birth Book is a comprehensive guide to childbirth.
Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering, by Sarah Buckley
By far the most extensive and all-encompassing resource out there. Written by an MD, the book combines clinical research and information with the beautiful stories of her own children's births. Maria says that if you were going to purchase only one childbirth book, get this one!
Ina May's Guide to Childbirth, by Ina May Gaskin
Widely regarded at the mother of authentic midwifery, her guide to childbirth includes some inspiring birth stories that leave you excited and hopeful.
The Food of Love: The Easier Way to Breastfeed Your Baby, by Kate Evans
Funny and completely original, you won't find any other breastfeeding book like it!
Spiritual Midwifery, by Ina May Gaskin
Another staple by Ina May, it's a must read for any expectant parents!
After the Baby's Birth... A Woman's Way to Wellness, by Robin Lim
All too often overlooked in our culture, the postpartum time is a chance for new mothers to heal, bond, and set themselves up for health in the long-term. Robin Lim's book takes a look at cultural traditions around the world and how to best support a new mother so that she and her family can thrive.
Hypnobirthing--The Mongan Method, by Marie Mongan
Using hypnosis techniques to help you relax and stay comfortable during labor are becoming more and more popular among birthing women. The Mongan Method is a great way to introduce hypnosis to expectant parents.
We want to know! What are/were your favorite books?!