Clearly written from a very medical mindset. Good info if you want to compare home birth midwifery care or if you want to know how an OB would handle a situation.
Active Birth: The New Approach to Giving Birth NaturallyJanet Balaskas
This is a wonderful resource! The information about what drugs are typically used in the hospital is outdated, but the rest of the book is excellent. Has suggestions for how to stay mobile and active during labor and birth, etc.
BACH FLOWER ESSENCES Flower Essences Family BookWigmore Publications, Ltd.
A reference guide of flower essences and the emotional issues that they help with.
Excellent book for people wanting to "doula" for a laboring momma. I really liked it but my husband thought the terminology was too technical for most men.
The Birthing HourTony Whitman
My husband wrote this book to help fathers figure out how they want to participate in their baby's birth.
Sheila has a range of birth experiences. She talks about each and how it impacted her and her family. She also compares the differences between them. Would be a good read for someone on the fence about home birth.
This is a difficult book to read for women who have been victims of the system. Every living person needs to read this and be aware of what is going on behind closed doors at the hospital.
Breastfeeing Your Baby
I love this book. It is simple and has a lot of pictures to help explain the text. I highly recommend this book for families that are new to breastfeeding or who had problems in the past.
Gives a very thorough explanation of how male and female circumcisions are done and the long lasting effects of each. Discusses the origins of the surgeries.
The Complete Homeopathy HandbookMiranda Castro
This book gives a good, but brief history of homeopathy, how to take a minor case and determine the proper remedy. It includes a concise guide to common remedies.
The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth (Revised)Sheila Kitzinger
This is a great general info book. Covers a very wide variety of pregnancy and birth related topics. This is one of my favorites.
How to Raise a Healthy Child in Spite of Your DoctorRobert S. Mendelsohn, MD
Excellent book for explaining the philosophical reasons one might want to avoid the doctor unless absolutely necessary. A lot of confirmation for people who already have doubts.
Do It Yourself Medical Testing
Cathy Pinckney & Edward R. Pinckney
Handy info for anyone who doesn't want to or can't afford to run to the doctor just to make sure they are healthy. Clear and easy instructions. It is an older book and I would love to see an updated version.
Emergency Childbirth: A ManualGregory White, MD
A quick reference guide on what to do if your midwife doesn't make it in time or if you can't make it to the hospital. Or if you would prefer an unassisted birth.
Gentle Birth ChoicesBarbara Harper, RN
Discusses many options that women have while they are in labor and during the birth of their baby.
Covers many birth and parenting topics, discusses the differences in her births.
Gives good general explanations for how to use homeopathy. Includes a guide to remedies directly relating to pregnancy, birth and your new baby.
The Maternity Sourcebook: 230 basic decisions for pregnancy, birth, and baby careWendy & Matthew Lesko
Was more medically minded than I was expecting. It is good for comparison between home birth and the medical model.
Yana Cortlund, Barb Lucke, & Donna Miller Watelet
This is a great book for Blessingways or Mother Blessings. Lots of different ideas that can be incorporated or left out to completely customize the event for the mother.
Natural Childbirth After Cesarean: A Practical GuideKaris Crawford, PhD & Johanne Walters, BSN, RN
The book is fairly medically minded in general. One of the authors has a VBAC after an Inverted T.
The Nursing Mother's Companion, 4th Edition Revised
Kathleen Huggins, RN, MS
Has excellent "survival guides" for the difficult stages. Lots of good info here.
This is the best pregnancy guide I have read so far. She explains things well. Not too medical.
Pregnancy Day by Day
Fun day by day guide to pregnancy. Some mainstream info.
Mauger is a therapist that specializes in birth trauma. Chapter 6 is an excellent read for people that don't understand the importance of a gentle birth.
An excellent guide to understanding your fertility cycles. Knowing what is normal and what is not.
What to Expect When You're Expecting
Heidi Markoff, Arlene Eisenberg, & Sandee Hathaway, BSN
This is a "How to be a Good Patient in the Hospital" manual.
Herbs for all female reproductive matters.