Birth Matters: A Midwife's Manifesta

10 best books like Birth Matters: A Midwife's Manifesta (Ina May Gaskin): The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, Baby Catcher: Chronicles of a Modern Midwife, Birth: The Surprising History of How We Are Born, Pushed: The Painful Truth About Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care, Like a Mother: A Feminist Journey Through the Science and Culture of Pregnancy, Heart & Hands: A Midwife's Guide to Pregnancy & Birth, Birthing from Within: An Extra-Ordinary Guide to Childbirth Preparation, The First Forty Days: The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother, Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering: The Wisdom and Science of Gentle Choices in Pregnancy, Birth, and Parenting, Born in the USA: How a Broken Maternity System Must Be Fixed to Put Women and Children First

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding
AuthorLa Leche League International
This book is great for helping new moms get the hang of latching and positioning. That's about it.

Most moms work and many of those moms work full-time, so having an entire chapter of a breastfeeding book devoted to advocating that women NOT work is unsupportive, misogynistic and completely...
AuthorPeggy Vincent
An inspiring collection of birth stories by a charming midwife.

Each time she knelt to “catch” another wriggling baby—nearly three thousand times during her remarkable career—California midwife Peggy Vincent paid homage to the moment when pain bows to joy and the world makes way...
Birth: The Surprising History of How We Are Born
AuthorTina Cassidy
From evolution to the epidural and beyond, Tina Cassidy presents a lively, enlightening, and impeccably researched cultural history of how and why we are born the way we are.

Women have been giving birth for millennia, so why is it that every culture—and every generation—seems to have...
AuthorJennifer Block
In the United States, more than half the women who give birth are given drugs to induce or speed up labor; for nearly a third of mothers, childbirth is major surgery - the cesarean section. For women who want an alternative, choice is often unavailable: Midwives are sometimes inaccessible; in eleven...
Like a Mother: A Feminist Journey Through the Science and Culture of Pregnancy
AuthorAngela Garbes
What to read after What to Expect . . . . A badass, feminist, and personal deep-dive into the science and culture of pregnancy and early motherhood that debunks myths and dated assumptions, offering guidance and camaraderie to women navigating one of the biggest and most profound changes in their lives.

AuthorElizabeth Davis
The terrible labor and delivery of my first child was dismal, due to the barbaric idiocy of the obstetric teaching and methods in this country. Take a woman who's in labor, lay her on her back, occluding the femoral artery and cutting off blood flow. Stop labor by using gravity against her body. Inject...
Birthing from Within: An Extra-Ordinary Guide to Childbirth Preparation
AuthorPam England
Here is a holistic approach to childbirth that examines this profound rite-of-passage not as a medical event but as an act of self-discovery. Exercises and activities such as journal writing, meditation, and painting will help mothers analyze their thoughts and face their fears during pregnancy....
The First Forty Days: The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother
AuthorHeng Ou
The first 40 days after the birth of a child offer an essential and fleeting period of rest and recovery for the new mother. Based on author Heng Ou’s own postpartum experience with zuo yuezi, a set period of “confinement,” in which a woman remains at home focusing on healing and bonding with her...
AuthorSarah J. Buckley
An authoritative guide to natural childbirth and postpartum parenting options from an MD who home-birthed her own four children.

Sarah Buckley might be called a third-wave natural birth advocate. A doctor and a mother, she approaches the question of how a woman and baby might have the most...
AuthorMarsden Wagner
In this rare, behind-the-scenes look at what goes on in hospitals across the country, a longtime medical insider and international authority on childbirth assesses the flawed American maternity care system, powerfully demonstrating how it fails to deliver safe, effective care for both mothers...
AuthorHenci Goer
As an intelligent woman, you are probably used to learning as much as you can before making major decisions. But when it comes to one of the most important decisions of your life--how you will give birth—it is hard to gather accurate, unbiased information. Surprisingly, much of the research does not...
Active Birth : The New Approach to Giving Birth Naturally
AuthorJanet Balaskas
Janet Balaskas led a movement of women who refused to give birth lying down. She has been teaching women about "active birth" ever since. In this updated and Americanized guide, Balaskas explains how to prepare for and experience a truly natural birth. She leads the pregnant woman through yoga-based...
The Birth Partner
AuthorPenny Simkin
This is a really fantastic resource for any person in a supportive role to a pregnant woman.

The book goes into explicit but easily digestible detail of pregnancy, different types of labor, the types of support one can offer in labor, what you'll encounter in a home birth vs a hospital birth,...
Childbirth without Fear: The Principles and Practice of Natural Childbirth
AuthorGrantly Dick-Read
Although "Childbirth Without Fear" is a catchy title, I think a more accurate title would have been "Childbirth Without Ignorance." The basic gist is that the more a mother knows about the mechanics of childbirth, the more she is able to relax and break the fear-tension-pain cycle that leads to [in Dick-Read's...
Pregnancy, Childbirth And The Newborn (2001) (Retired Edition)
AuthorPenny Simkin
With over one million copies in print, this is one of the best-selling books about pregnancy on the market.  More complete and up-to-date than any other pregnancy guide, this remarkable book is the "bible" for childbirth educators.  Now revised with:  

-a greatly expanded treatment of...
The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night
AuthorElizabeth Pantley
A breakthrough approach for a good night's sleep--with no tears

There are two schools of thought for encouraging babies to sleep through the night: the hotly debated Ferber technique of letting the baby "cry it out," or the grin-and-bear-it solution of getting up from dusk to dawn as often...
Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom is Wrong - and What You Really Need to Know
AuthorEmily Oster
What to Expect When You're Expecting meets Freakonomics: an award-winning economist disproves standard recommendations about pregnancy to empower women while they're expecting.

Pregnancy—unquestionably one of the most pro­found, meaningful experiences of adulthood—can...
HypnoBirthing: The Mongan Method
AuthorMarie F. Mongan
Childbirth is not something to be feared; it is a natural expression of life. With HypnoBirthing, your pregnancy and childbirth will become the gentle, life-affirming process it was meant to be.
In this easy-to-understand guide, HypnoBirthing founder Marie F. Mongan explodes the myth of pain...
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