Our Top 5 Books on Pregnancy and Birth


Natural Hospital Birth: The Best of Both Worlds 

By Cynthia Gabriel. Harvard Common Press, 2011.

A pregnancy guide for women who wish to achieve a natural birth in the hospital setting. Ms. Gabriel is a doula, medical anthropologist and mother of three who offers tools and inspiration to help you release your fears, engage the hospital staff in your birth plan and avoid unnecessary interventions.


Birthing From Within

By Pam England and Rob Horowitz. Partera Press, 1998.

A holistic and thoughtful prospective on preparing for birth and motherhood.  This book focuses on supporting a woman’s physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.  It encourages becoming personally aware of the power of your thinking through journaling and birth art exercises.


The Birth Partner (4th Edition)

By Penny Simpkin. Harvard Common Press, 2013.

A guide for partners, labor companions and doulas supporting the mother during labor and birth.  Ms. Simpkin, founder of Doulas of North America, shares her vast body of research that states a woman well supported by caring, compassionate individuals during childbirth will experience life long benefits.


Ina May’s Guide To Childbirth

By Ina May Gaskin. Bantam Books, 2013. 

World-renowned midwife Ina May Gaskin shares a wealth of knowledge generated by three decades of experience.  Her book emphasizes the natural birth process and offers tips for maximizing the reader’s chances of an unmedicated birth.

A Good Birth: Finding the Positive and Profound in Your Childbirth Experience

By Anne Drapkin Lyerly. Penguin Publishing, 2013.

This book draws on birth stories told by women from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences.  Dr. Lyerly an OB/GYN, demonstrates that what matters in childbirth goes beyond the thinking of “healthy baby, healthy mom” and reveals the universal needs of childbearing women to feel connected, safe and protected.