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 Dr. 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, Dr. Sara Wickham
  • Inducing Labour:  Making Informed Decisions, Dr. Sara Wickham 
  • The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth, Henci Goer
  • Vitamin K and the Newborn, Dr. Sara Wickham
  • What’s Right for Me? Making decisions in pregnancy and childbirth, Dr. Sara Wickham

Emotional and Spiritual Preparation for Birth and Parenting

  • Ancient Map for Modern Birth:  Preparation, Passage and Personal Growth during Your Childbearing Year, Pam England
  • The Attachment Pregnancy: The Ultimate Guide to Bonding with Your Baby
  • 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
  • Expecting: The Inner Life of Pregnancy, Chitra Ramaswamy
  • Lotus Birth:  Leaving the Umbilical Cord Intact, compiled by Shivam Rachana
  • Mothering from Your Center: Tapping Your Body’s Natural Energy for Pregnancy, Birth and Parenting, Tami Lynn Kent
  • Mother’s Nature:  Timeless Wisdom for the Journey into Motherhood, Andrea Albany Gosline & Lisa Burnett Bossi
  • The Pregnant Woman’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

Homebirth

  • In the Spirit of Homebirth: Modern Women, An Ancient Choice, edited by Bronwyn Preece

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

  • The Belly Mapping Workbook:  How Kicks and Wiggles Reveal Your Baby’s Position (Spinning Babies techniques), Gail Tully
  • Birth in Awareness:  A Handbook of Prenatal Yoga, Gabrielle Earls
  • 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
  • Mind Over Labor: A Breakthrough Guide to Giving Birth, Carl Jones
  • Mindful Birthing:  Training the Mind, Body, and Heart for Childbirth and Beyond, Nancy Bardacke
  • 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
  • Trusting Birth with The Bonapace Method: Keys to Loving Your Birth Experience, Julie Bonapace
  • 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 Barbara Freedman

Holistic Well-being in Pregnancy and for Babies

  • The Allergy Book: Solving Your Family’s Nasal Allergies, Asthma, Food Sensitivities and Related Health and Behavioral Problems, Robert W. Sears, MD and William Sears, MD
  • 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
  • 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 Dads-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 and Cross-cultural 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
  • How Eskimos Keep Their Babie Warm:  Parenting Wisdom from Around the World, Mei-Ling Hopgood
  • 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: the first six weeks and beyond, 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, Stephanie Casemore
  • The Food of Love:  Your Formula for Successful Breastfeeding, Kate Evans
  • Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding, Ina May Gaskin
  • 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

  • Babytalk: A Guide to Using Basic Sign Language to Communicate with Your Baby, Monica Beyer
  • The Blue Jay’s Dance: A Birth Year, Louise Erdrich
  • Calm the Crying: The Secret Baby Language That Reveals the Hidden Meaning Behind an Infant’s Cry (Using the Dunstan Baby Language), Priscilla Dunstan
  • 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
  • NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children, Po Bronson & Ashley Merryman
  • Peaceful Parents, Happy Kids:  How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting, Dr Laura Markham
  • 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
  • Secrets of the Baby Whisperer: How to calm, connect and communicate with your baby, Tracy Hogg
  • Touchpoints: The Essential Reference Guide to Your Child’s Emotional and Behavioural Development, T. Berry Brazelton MD
  • The Vital Touch: How Intimate Contact with your Baby Leads to Happier, Healthier Development, Sharon Heller, PhD
  • The Wonder Weeks:  How to Stimulate Your Baby’s Mental Development and Help Him Turn His 10 Predictable, Great, Fussy Phases into Magical Leaps Forward, Hetty Van de Rijt, Frans Plooij
  • Your Amazing Newborn, Marshall H Klaus, Phyllis H Klaus
  • 100 Ways to Calm the Crying, Pinky McKay

Pregnancy Loss

  • Pregnancy Loss:  Guidance and Support for You and Your Family

Postnatal Care of Mothers (including recipes)

  • The First Forty Days: The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother, Heng Ou
  • The Fourth Trimester: a postpartum guide to healing your body, balancing your emotions & restoring your vitality, Kimberly Ann Johnson
  • Golden Month: Caring for the World’s Mothers After Childbirth, Jenny Allison
  • Mothering the New Mother:  Women’s Feelings & Needs After Childbirth – A Support & Resource Guide, Sally Placksin
  • Natural Health after Birth: The Complete Guide to Postpartum Wellness, Aviva Jill Romm

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 Gentle Sleep Solution: The naturally nurturing way to help your baby sleep, Chireal Shallow
  • The No-cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night, Elizabeth Pantley, MD
  • The No-cry Sleep Solution for Newborns:  Amazing Sleep from Day One – For Baby and You, Elizabeth Pantley, MD
  • Sleeping Like A Baby, Pinky McKay
  • Sleeping with Your Baby: A Parent’s Guide to Co-Sleeping, James J. McKenna, PhD
  • Sweet Sleep:  Nighttime and Naptime Strategies for the Breastfeeding Family, La Leche League Intl, Diane Wiessinger, Diana West, Linda J. Smith, Teresa Pitman
  • Why Your Baby’s Sleep Matters, Sarah Ockwell-Smith

Vaccination

  • The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decisions for Your Child, Robert W Sears, MD
  • The Vaccine-Friendly Plan: Dr Paul’s Safe and Effective Approach to Immunity and Health – from Pregnancy Through Your Child’s Teen Years, Paul Thomas, MD and Jennifer Margulis, PhD
  • Vaccinations: A Thoughtful Parent’s Guide – How to Make Safe, Sensible Decisions about the RISKS, BENEFITS and ALTERNATIVES, Aviva Jill Romm

DVDs

  • Baby-led Breastfeeding…The Mother-Baby Dance, Christina M. Smillie, MD
  • Baby Language:  Learn the Secret Language of All Newborn Babies (birth to 5 months), Priscilla Dunstan
  • 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