These are the books at the top of my list. I have others on my shelf, available to clients, but these are my favorites.

 

Mamatoto: A Celebration of Birth, Carrol Dunham

 

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth, Ina May Gaskin

 

Birth Matters: A Midwife’s Manifesta, Ina My Gaskin

 

Birth as an American Rite of Passage, Robbie Davis-Floyd

 

Witches, Nurses, and Midwives: A History of Woman Healers, Barbara Ehrenreich, Dierdre English

 

The Farmer and the Obstetrician, Michel Odent

 

Pushed: The Painful Truth About Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care, Jennifer Block

 

Obstetric Myths vs. Research Realities, Henci Goer

 

Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering, Sarah Buckley

 

Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year, Susan Weed

 

The First Forty Days: The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother, Heng Ou

 

The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers, Jack Newman

 

Fresh Milk: The Secret Life of Breasts, Fiona Giles

 

Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom, Christiane Northrup

 

Sweetening the Pill: Or How We Got Hooked on Hormonal Birth Control, Holly Grigg-Spall

 

Taking Charge of Your Fertility, Toni Weschler

 

Period Repair Manual: Natural Treatment for Better Hormones and Better Periods, Lara Briden