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Sacred Pregnancy by Anni Daulter

Read this book if: you want a weekly inspirational birth journal to write about your pregnancy or you want to go deeper spirituality into the process from maiden to motherhood.  It also has great book, website, movie and music pairings for each week.  It’s great to read about…

Bountiful, Beautiful, Blissful by Gurmukh

Read this book if: you are looking for an unconventional book about birth that introduces you to alternatives to hospital births, celebrating 120 days when kundalini yoga tradition believes the soul enters and 40 days post birth,  an introduction of kundalini yoga, meditations for pregnancy and birth etc.  She also…

Mother Rising – The Blessingway Journey Into Motherhood by Yana Courtlund, Barb Lucker and Donna Miller Watelet

Read this book if:  you want to explore alternative ways to prepare you for motherhood (other than a baby shower).  Instead of baby gifts, friends will gather to prepare you mentally.  If you like the summary, you can support the author by purchasing a copy here. “When blessingway rituals become…

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by Diane Wiessinger, Diana West and Teresa Pitman (8th edition)

Read this book if: want to learn more about breastfeeding from the creators or La Leche League (check out their website for local chapters in your community) If you like the summary, support the authors by purchasing a copy here:   Editions since 1958; before that passed on by mothers…

Wonder Weeks by Frans X. Plooji

Read this book if: you want to learn more about baby’s developmental stages in the first 1-2 years. I found the sections with activities for each stage helpful as well as the accompanying app, which sent me a notification every time we were entering a new stage…

Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn by Penny Simkin and April Bolding

Read this book if: you want a complete overview of pregnancy, childbirth and the newborn.  This is the main book used for studying to be a childbirth educator.  It is comprehensive.  Please read instead of “What to Expect”.  Another great option is Ina May’s Guide to…

Birth Without Violence by Frederick Leboyer

Read this book if:  you would like to learn more about influencing the environment in which your child first enters this world (dim lights, light sound, interventions like erythromycin in the eyes delayed or denied).   If you like the summary, support the author by purchasing a copy on Amazon. The…

The Belly Mapping Workbook by Gail Tully

Read this book if: you are interested in learning about baby’s position inside of you and tips for spinning baby if baby is not in optimal position for birth.  See her website for lots of great info – SpinningBabies.com Bellymapping is a 3 step process for identifying…

No Cry Sleep Solution by Elizabeth Pantley

Read this book BEFORE: you need to.  When you’ve been lacking sleep, it will be hard to read anything, let alone get through a book about infant sleep. She gathered a group of 60 mamas as test mamas.   Part 1 – 10 Steps to Helping Your Baby…

Lockdown – An American Girl’s Guide to Chinese Postpartum Recovery by Guang Ming Whitley

  Read this book if: you wanted to read about other traditions in 40 days after birth, specifically Zuo Yuezi, a Chinese tradition. If you like the summary, support the author by purchasing it here. Chapter 1 – Overview & Introduction For over 2000 years, Chinese women have followed a tradition…