Here's a list of some helpful pregnancy, birth, & parenting books. Some I have read and the others I hope to read. I've included links to the book's descriptions on Amazon if you'd like more information (I get nothing from Amazon, so feel free to obtain them wherever you'd like). Happy Reading!  :-)

*The asterisk indicates this is a book I currently own. My students are welcome to borrow books from my "lending library" when they are not being used.

I hope to add to this collection often!

Pregnancy & Birth

*Pushed: The Painful Truth About Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care by Jennifer Block (link) (An interesting history, not really a guide to birth...but definitely provides perspective on how we got "here")

*Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The Complete Guide by Penny Simkin (link) (I have an older version, pretty comprehensive)

*Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering by Sarah Buckley, MD (link) (Lots of current, research-based information)

*Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way by Susan McCutcheon (link) (older, but some good info, skip the beginning)

*Husband-Coached Childbirth by Robert A Bradley, MD (link) (older, a bit limited, but a classic)

*Mind Over Labor by Carl Jones (link) (older, but good info, lots on relaxation)

Ina May's Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin (link)

The Birth Book by William Sears, MD and Martha Sears, RN (link)

The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth by Henci Goer (link)

Your Best Birth by Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein (link)

Childbirth without Fear by Grantly Dick-Read and Michael Odent (link)


*So That's What They're For by Janet Tamaro (link) (funny and informative)

*The Nursing Mother's Companion by Kathleen Huggins (link) (has great info for every stage--my copy is t)

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by Diane Wiessinger, Diana West, Teresa Pitman (link) (LLL's official book)

Ina May's Guide to Breastfeeding by Ina May Gaskin (link)

The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers by Jack Newman, MD (link)

The Breastfeeding Book by Martha Sears, RN and William Sears, MD (link)


*The No-Cry Sleep Solution by Elizabeth Pantley (link) (Tons of ideas for every situation)

The Baby Book by William Sears, MD and Martha Sears, RN (link)

The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp (link)

Your Amazing Newborn by Marshal H Klaus, MD and Phyllis Klaus, MFT (link)

The Vaccine Book  by Robert Sears, MD  (link)

Special Situations

The VBAC Companion by Diana Korte (link)

*Postpartum Depression Demystified by Joyce A Venice, RNC, and Suzanne McCloskey (link) (updated info)

This Isn't What I Expected: Overcoming Postpartum Depression by Karen Kleiman and Valerie Raskin (link)

When Hello Means Goodbye by Paul Kirk and Pat Schwiebert (link)

The Premature Baby Book by William Sears, MD; Robert Sears, MD; James Sears, MD; and Martha Sears, RN (link)

The Fussy Baby Book by William Sears, MD and Martha Sears, RN (link)

*Having Twins and More by Leo Sorger and Elizabeth Noble (link)