Midwifery Reading Materials

I want to note the things I’ve read and hopefully stay on top of reviewing those materials once I’ve finished the reading. Hopefully this can also be helpful to those of you seeking great resources whether you’re pregnant or going to school. Bolded items indicate that I’ve read the book and there’s a link to a review.


  • Your Best Birth by Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein
  • Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin
  • Labor of Love by Cara Muhlhahn
  • Natural Birth, the Bradley Way by Robert Bradley
  • A Child is Born by Lennart Nilsson
  • The Complete Book of Pregnancy & Childbirth by Kitzinger
  • Pregnancy, Childbirth & the Newborn by Simkin
  • The Mother of all Pregnancy Books by Douglas
  • The Simple Guide to Having a Baby by Whalley, Simkin & Keppler
  • Gentle Birth Choices by Harper
  • An Easier Childbirth by Peterson
  • The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth by Goer
  • Natural Hospital Birth: The Best of Both Worlds by Cynthia Gabriel
  • Get Me Out by Randi Epstein Part 1, Part 2
  • Giving Birth by Catherine Tayor
  • Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May Gaskin
  • The Birth Partner Handbook by Carl Jones
  • Husband Coached Childbirth by Robert Bradley
  • Ask a Midwife by Catherine Parker-Littler (REVIEW TO COME)
  • Diary of a Midwife: The Power of Positive Childbearing by Juliana van Olphen-Fehr
  • Midwives: A Novel by Chris Bohjalian (just for fun)
Birth Partner/Assistance
  • The Doula Book by Klaus & Kennell
  • The Birth Partner by Simkin
  • The Birth Partner’s Handbook by Carl Jones
Guide Books
  • Pocket Guide to Fetal Monitoring and Assessmentby Susan Martin Tucker
  • The Labor Progress Handbook by Penny Simkin
  • Core Curriculum for Maternal-Newborn Nursing by Susan Mattson and Judy E. Smith
  • Any of the many Labor/delivery/Perinatal nursing books published, produced by AWHONN, such as Perinatal Nursing
  • Varney’s Midwifery by Helen Varney (no not a midwife, but the info here is invaluable to an OB nurse as well).
  • Labor and Delivery in my Pocket ( www.inmypocketbooks.com)
  • Cascade HealthCare Products Inc – Get high quality Midwifery Books & Supplies, Medical Equipment and Natural Health Care products at competitive pricing for sale online:www.1cascade.com
  • Unspeakable Losses: Healing from Miscarriage, Abortion and other Fetal Loss by Kim Klueger-Bell (great for nurses too).
  • The Breastfeeding Answer Book by LaLecheLeague International
  • The Breastfeeding Answer Book by Mohrbacher, Stock & Newton
  • Breastfeeding Made Simple by Mohrbacher & Kendall-Tackett
  • The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers by Newman & Pitman
  • The Nursing Mother’s Companion by Huggins & Lawrence
  • The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by La Leche League International

3 thoughts on “Midwifery Reading Materials”

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  2. Hey! I was browsing doula and midwife blogs tonight and saw this reading list. If it is not too forward, I wanted to suggest that you check out “Natural Hospital Birth: The Best of Both Worlds.” I wrote it , so I’m sort of partial to it. 🙂 It came out this year and I am trying to get the word out to doulas and midwives. I am a doula and most of my clients hire me to work in hospitals, though I am also a happy supporter of homebirth. I’d love to connect here in blogosphere or on FB.

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