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