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Reading List

Just as no one resource will be perfect for everyone, many times within a given book or website you may find that some information resonates, and some does not. This list was created by me with the help of my midwife colleagues. I encourage you to explore these books, take what feels right and leave the rest. Many of these titles are in the lending library, so please grab one the next time you visit. Also, please let me know if I have missed one of your favorites!

Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links. This means that, at zero cost to you, I will earn an affiliate commission if you click through the link and finalize a purchase.

Fertility, Pregnancy, and Postpartum

Taking Charge of Your Fertility

Toni Weschler

The Birth Partner

Penny Simpkin

Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth

The Boston Women’s Health Book Collective

Birthing From Within

Pam England

We’re Pregnant! The First Time Dad’s Pregnancy Handbook

Adrian Kulp

Birth Without Fear: The Judgment-Free Guide

January Harshe

The Birth Deck: 50 Ways to Comfort a Woman in Labor

Sara Lyon

Common Sense Pregnancy

Jeanne Faulkner, RN

Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn

Penny Simpkin

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth

Ina May Gaskin

The Mama Natural Week by Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth

Genevieve Howland

Pregnancy For Men: The whole nine months

Mark Woods

Natural Hospital Birth

Cynthia Gabriel


Siobhan Miller

The Pregnancy Workbook

Dr. Katayune Kaeni

Mindful Birthing

Nancy Bardake, CNM

The Birth Book

William Sears, MD and Martha Sears, RN

The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth

Sheila Kitzinger

The Expectant Father

Armin A Brott and Jennifer Ash Rudick

Childbirth Without Fear: The Principles and Practice of Natural Childbirth

Grantly Dick-Read

From Dude to Dad

Chris Pegula

The Pregnancy Guide For Men

John Nero

Giving Birth with Confidence: The Official Lamaze Guide

Judith Lothian

Nurture: A Modern Guide to Pregnancy, Birth, Early Motherhood

Erica Chidi

Active Birth

Janet Balaskas

The Whole 9 Months: A Week-By-Week Pregnancy Nutrition Guide

Jennifer Lang, MD, Dana Angelo White, MS, RD et al.

Mindful Pregnancy

Tracy Donegan

Why Did No One Tell Me This?

Natalia Hailes

Bumpin’: The Modern Guide to Pregnancy

Leslie Schrock

Breastfeeding, Baby Care, and Infant Massage

The Nursing Mother’s Companion

Kathleen Huggins

The Ultimate Baby Book for New Dads

Roy Benaroch, MD

Baby Massage: The Calming Power of Touch

Alan Heath and Nicki Bainbridge

The Happiest Baby on the Block

Harvey Karp, MD

Baby Massage: Proven techniques to calm your baby and assist development

Peter Walker

Brain-Based Parenting

Daniel A. Hughes and Jonathan Baylin

The Baby Book

William Sears, MD and Martha Sears, RN

Latch: A Handbook for Breastfeeding with Confidence at Every Stage

Robin Kaplan, M.Ed IBCLC

LACTIVATE! A User’s Guide To Breastfeeding

Jill Krause

Diaper Dude

Chris Pegula

Caring for Your Baby and Young Child

Tanya Altmann, MD

Mindful Parenting in a Chaotic World

Nicole Libin, PhD


T. Berry Brazelton, MD

The Fourth Trimester Cards

Kimberly Ann Johnson

The Fourth Trimester

Kimberly Ann Johnson

Baby Sign Language Made Easy

Lane Rebelo

The Breastfeeding Book

William Sears, MD and Martha Sears, RN

We’re Parents! The First-Time Dad’s Guide to Baby’s First Year

Adrian Kulp

The Fourth Trimester Companion

Cynthia Gabriel

Activism and Social Justice

Belabored: A Vindication of the Rights of Pregnant Women

Lyz Lenz

Our Skin: A First Conversation About Race

Megan Madison

The New Jim Crow

Michelle Alexander

Raising White Kids

Jennifer Harvey

Being You: A First Conversation About Consent

Megan Madison

We Should All Be Feminists

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The 1619 Project

Created by Nikole Hannah-Jones & The New York Times Magazine

What White People Can Do Next

Emma Dabiri

Antiracist Baby

Ibram X. Kendi

How to Raise an Antiracist

Ibram X. Kendi

The Book of Pride, LGBTQ Heroes Who Changed the World

Mason Funk

Between the World and Me

Ta-Nehisi Coates

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