Resources

The following pregnancy, birth and parenting resources provide trustworthy and inspiring information. These books, DVDs and magazines comprise my lending library and are all available for Sister Support clients to borrow.  Although I feel all of these resources are of high quality, I do have my personal favourites and those are marked in bold.

If you are a current client, please let me know which materials you’d like to borrow and I’ll bring them to you at our next visit. I’m also happy to suggest materials to you once I’ve gotten to know your particular needs and preferences.

Books

Comprehensive Pregnancy & Birth

  • Birth: Conceiving, Nurturing and Giving Birth to Your Baby, Catherine Price & Sandra Robinson
  • Birth Matters: A Midwife’s Manifesta, Ina May Gaskin
  • Birth Right: A Midwife’s Guide to getting the Best for You and Your Baby in Pregnancy and Birth, Susan Ross
  • Birth Without Violence, Frederick Leboyer
  • A Child is Born (a photographic story from conception to birth), Lennart Nilsson
  • Childbirth Without Fear: The Principles and Practices of Natural Childbirth, Grantley Dick-Read
  • Cut, Stapled and Mended: When One Woman Reclaimed Her Body and Gave Birth on Her Own Terms After Cesarean, Roanna Rosewood
  • The Down to Earth Birth Book:  a practical guide to natural birth, Jenny Blyth
  • The Doula Book: How a Trained Labor Companion Can Help You Have a Shorter, Easier and Healthier Birth, Klaus, Kennell & Klaus
  • The First Nine Months of Life, Geraldine Lux Flanagan
  • Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering, Sarah J. Buckley, MD
  • The Good Birth Companion: A Practical Guide to Having the Best Labour and Birth, Nicole Croft
  • Having a Baby: The Essential Australian Guide to Pregnancy and Birth, Carol Fallows
  • Heart & Hands: A Midwife’s Guide to Pregnancy and Birth, Elizabeth Davis
  • Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth, Ina May Gaskin
  • The Miracle of Birth: A Fascinating See-Through View of How a Baby Develops
  • A Modern Women’s Guide to a Natural, Empowering Birth, Katrina Zaslavsky
  • Orgasmic Birth, Debra Pascali-Bonaro
  • Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way, Susan McCutcheon
  • Natural Hospital Birth: The Best of Both Worlds, Cynthia Gabriel
  • The New Pregnancy and Childbirth, Sheila Kitzinger
  • The Pregnancy Book: A Month-by-Month Guide, William Sears MD and Martha Sears RN
  • Spiritual Midwifery, Ina May Gaskin
  • Well Adjusted Babies, Dr. Jennifer Barham-Floreani

Decision-making for Birth

  • Birth with Confidence: Savvy Choices for Normal Birth, Rhea Dempsey
  • Birthing Your Placenta:  The Third Stage, Nadine Pilley Edwards and Sara Wickham
  • The Business of Baby: What Doctors Don’t Tell You, What Corporations Try to Sell You, and How to Put Your Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Baby Before Their Bottom Line, Jennifer Margulis
  • Group B Strep Explained, Sara Wickham
  • Inducing Labour:  Making Informed Decisions, Sara Wickham
  • The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth, Henci Goer

Emotional and Spiritual Preparation for Birth and Parenting

  • Ancient Map for Modern Birth:  Preparation, Passage and Personal Growth during Your Childbearing Year, Pam England
  • Birth Journeys: Positive Birth Stories to Encourage and Inspire, Leonie MacDonald
  • Birthing from Within: An Extra-ordinary Guide to Childbirth Preparation, Pam England & Rob Horowitz
  • Lotus Birth:  Leaving the Umbilical Cord Intact, compiled by Shivam Rachana
  • Mindful Birthing:  Training the Mind, Body, and Heart for Childbirth and Beyond, Nancy Bardacke
  • Mother’s Nature:  Timeless Wisdom for the Journey into Motherhood, Andrea Albany Gosline & Lisa Burnett Bossi
  • The Pregnant Women’s Comfort Book: A Self-Nurturing Guide to Your Emotional Well- Being During Pregnancy and Early Motherhood, Jennifer Loudon
  • Ten Moons: The Inner Journey of Pregnancy / Preparation for a Natural Birth, Jane Hardwicke Collings

Physical Preparation and Skills for Birth (including Yoga & Dance)

  • The Belly Mapping Workbook:  How Kicks and Wiggles Reveal Your Baby’s Position (Spinning Babies techniques), Gail Tully
  • The Birth Partner: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas and All Other Labor Companions, Penny Simkin
  • Birth Skills: Proven Pain Management Techniques for your Labour and Birth, Juju Sundin
  • Conscious Birthing:  Yoga and Meditation for Pregnancy, Theresa Jamieson
  • Dance of the Womb: The Essential Guide to Belly Dance for Pregnancy & Birth, Maha Al Musa
  • New Active Birth: A Concise Guide to Natural Childbirth, Janet Balaskas
  • Optimal Foetal Positioning, Jean Sutton and Pauline Scott
  • The Pink Kit: Essential Preparation for Your Birthing Body (ebooks on CD)
  • Preparing for a Gentle Birth: The Pelvis in Pregnancy, Blandine Calais-Germaine & Nuria Vives Pares
  • The Yoga of Birth: Sacred Wisdom for Conception, Birthing and Beyond, Katie Manitsas
  • Yoga for Pregnancy:  The Safe and Gentle Way to Prepare Your Body and Mind for Birth, in Step-by-Step Sequences, Doriel Hall and Francoise Barbira Freedman

Holistic Well-being in Pregnancy and for Babies

  • The Family Guide to Homoeopathy, Dr Andrew Lockie
  • A Herbal Approach to Pregnancy and Baby Care, Margaret Roberts
  • Infant Massage: A Handbook for Loving Parents, Vimala McClure
  • Natural Health after Birth:  The Complete Guide to Postpartum Wellness, Aviva Jill Romm
  • The Natural Pregnancy Book:  Herbs, Nutrition, and Other Holistic Choices, Aviva Jill Romm
  • The Natural Way to a Better Pregnancy, Francesca Naish & Janette Roberts
  • Primal Health: Understanding the Critical Period between Conception and Year One, Michel Odent
  • Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year, Susun S. Weed
  • Your Vital Child: A Natural Healing Guide for Caring Parents, Mark and Angela Stengler, NDs

Dads / Partners

  • Being Dad: For Dad’s-to-Be and the Women that Love Them, Sam Holt & Troy Jones
  • The Birth Partner: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas and All Other Labor Companions, Penny Simkin
  • Cheers to Childbirth:  A Dad’s Guide to Childbirth Support, Lucy Perry
  • Keys to Becoming a Father, William Sears, MD
  • Make Room for Daddy: The Journey from Waiting room to Birthing Room, Judith Walzer Leavitt
  • Men at Birth: Real Stories from Australian Men About the Birth of Their Children, David Vernon
  • Zen and the Art of Fatherhood, Steven Lewis

An Anthropological Look at Birth and Parenting

  • Ancient Bodies, Modern Lives:  How Evolution Has Shaped Women’s Health, Wenda Trevathan
  • Baby Meets World: A Journey Through Infancy, Nicholas Day
  • Birth as an American Rite of Passage, Robbie E. Davis-Floyd
  • Birth Models that Work, Robbie E. Davis-Floyd, et al
  • The Continuum Concept, Jean Leidloff
  • Get Me Out:  A History of Childbirth, from the Garden of Eden to the Sperm Bank, Randi Hutter Epstein, MD
  • The Heart in the Womb:  An Exploration of the Roots of Human Love and Social Cohesion, Dr. Amali Lokugamage
  • Make Room for Daddy:  The Journey from Waiting Room to Birthing Room, Judith Walzer Leavitt
  • Our Babies, Ourselves: How Biology and Culture Shape the Way We Parent, Meredith F. Small

Babywearing

  • A Baby Wants to be Carried:  Everything you need to know about baby carriers and the benefits of babywearing, Evelin Kirkilionis
  • Bindeanleitung (babywearing instructions with photos, in German and English), Die Trageschule

Breastfeeding

  • Biological Nurturing:  New Angles on Breastfeeding, Suzanne Colson (see matching DVD, below)
  • Born to Breastfeed, Rowena Gray
  • Breastfeeding… Naturally: The Australian Breastfeeding Association’s (ABA) guide to breastfeeding – from birth to weaning
  • Breastfeeding, Take Two: Successful Breastfeeding the Second Time Around
  • The Food of Love:  Your Formula for Successful Breastfeeding, Kate Evans
  • Making More Milk (The Breastfeeding Mother’s Guide to), Diana West and Lisa Marasco
  • Unlatched:  The Evolution of Breastfeeding and the Making of a Controversy, Jennifer Grayson
  • The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, La Leche League International

Parenting

  • The Blue Jay’s Dance: A Birth Year, Louise Erdrich
  • Child of Mine: Original Essays on Becoming a Mother, edited by Christina Baker Kline
  • The Fussy Baby Book: Parenting your High-Need Child from Birth to Age Five, William Sears MD and Martha Sears RN
  • Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering, Sarah J. Buckley, MD
  • Heart to Heart Parenting:  Nurturing Your Child’s Emotional Intelligence from Conception to School Age, Robin Grille
  • The Modern Day Mother: Babies and Sleep from Womb to One, Andi Lew
  • Mothering the New Mother:  Women’s Feelings & Needs After Childbirth – A Support & Resource Guide, Sally Placksin
  • The Philosophical Baby:  What Children’s Minds Tell Us About Truth, Love, and the Meaning of Life, Alison Gopnik
  • Pre-Parenting:  Nurturing Your Child from Conception, Thomas R. Verny, MD and Pamela Weintraub
  • The Science of Parenting: How Today’s Brain Research Can Help You Raise Happy, Emotionally Balanced Children, Margot Sunderland
  • The Vital Touch: How Intimate Contact with your Baby Leads to Happier, Healthier Development, Sharon Heller, PhD
  • 100 Ways to Calm the Crying, Pinky McKay

Postnatal Depression, Birth Trauma

  • Coping with Postnatal Depression, Dr Bryanne Barnett
  • How to Heal a Bad Birth:  Making Sense, Making Peace and Moving On, Melissa Bruijn and Debby Gould (Birthtalk.org)
  • Overcoming Baby Blues:  A Comprehensive Guide to Perinatal Depression, The Black Dog Institute

Relationships (Mum and Partner)

  • Becoming Us: 8 Steps to Grow a Family That Thrives, Elly Taylor
  • Let’s Stick Together: The Relationship Book for New Parents, Harry Benson
  • Towards Parenthood: Preparing for the Changes and Challenges of a New Baby ( a couple’s workbook), Jeannette Milgram, et al

Sleep

  • The No-cry Sleep Solution:  Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep through the Night, Elizabeth Pantley, MD
  • Sleeping Like A Baby, Pinky McKay
  • Sleeping with Your Baby: A Parent’s Guide to Co-Sleeping, James J. McKenna, PhD
  • Why Your Baby’s Sleep Matters, Sarah Ockwell-Smith

DVDs

  • Baby-led Breastfeeding…The Mother-Baby Dance, Christina M. Smillie, MD
  • The Big Stretch, Alieta Belle & Jenny Blythe
  • The Big Stretch Sequel, Alieta Belle & Jenny Blythe
  • Biological Nurturing:  Laid-back Breastfeeding, Dr. Suzanne Colson
  • Birth:  The Documentary
  • Birth with Gloria Le May
  • Birth Day (The Home Birth Series Vol II), 
  • Doula!  The Ultimate Birth Companion
  • Epidurals & Caesarian Section, Discovery Home & Health
  • The Essential Ingredient: Doula
  • Five Countries, Six Births, Seven Babies:  Mother Nature’s Design for Birth
  • Gentle Beginnings Baby Massage, Pinky McKay
  • Grow Your Baby’s Brain (The Science of Skin-to-Skin Contact), Jill & Nils Bergman
  • Happy, Healthy Child – The Ultimate Childbirth Education DVD Series
  • Happy Mums, Happy Bubs:  An In-depth, easy to follow guide to breastfeeding, Kate Hale
  • Laboring Under An Illusion:  Mass Media Childbirth vs. The Real Thing
  • Miss Margaret:  The Story of an Alabama Granny Midwife
  • The Pink Kit: Essential Preparation for Your Birthing Body
  • Real Moms & Dads Talk About Breastfeeding
  • Secrets of Happy Babies (Lecture), Dr Sarah J Buckley
  • Undisturbed Birth (Lecture), Dr Sarah J Buckley

Journals and Magazines

  • Birth Matters, Maternity Choices Australia (formerly The Maternity Coalition)
  • Essence, The Australian Breastfeeding Association
  • International Doula, DONA
  • Midwifery Today
  • The Natural Parent Magazine