The Business of Being Born



The Official Lamaze Guide
This is an excellent book to read if you are just beginning to consider natural birth. It explains in a simple but thorough way why a natural birth is often times the best choice for low-risk pregnancy.

“Birth: The Surprising History of How We are Born” by Tina Cassidy
“From evolution to the epidural and beyond, Tina Cassidy presents an intelligent, enlightening and impeccably researched cultural history of how and why we are born the way we are.”

“Pushed” by Jennifer Block
“This provocative, highly readable exposé raises questions of great consequence for anyone planning to have a baby in U.S., as well as those interested or involved in women’s health care.”

“Birth Your Way” by Sheila Kitzinger
As research discloses the risks of intensively managed hospital birth, increasing numbers of women are considering home birth. This book brings them the facts.

“Immaculate Deception II” by Suzanne Arms
“Immaculate Deception II is a treasure! Suzanne Arms tells the truth, and she does it with great clarity and compassion. Her photographs are compelling and heart-centered. And show the healing of birth and the nurturing qualities of both men and women.”

“Ask a Midwife” by Catharine Parker-Littler
When it comes to dispensing care, care, and friendly assurance during pregnancy and labour, midwives are the health professionals women rely on most. In this brand new book, hundreds of real-life questions to midwives are answered with up-to-date information you can trust.

“Get me out: a history of childbirth from the Garden of Eden to the sperm bank” by: Randi Hutter Epstein.
Recommended for an easy and very interesting read about the history of childbirth including topics such as: the creation of forceps, doctors overtaking childbirth from midwives, creation of maternity wards, twilight sleep, fertility treatments, DES, advent of the C-section, freebirthers, creation of ultrasound, and sperm banks.

Other recommended reading:
Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth
The Doula Guide to Birth
The Nursing Mother’s Companion
Eat, Sleep, Poop: A Common Sense Guide to Your Baby’s First Year

North Texas Birth Centers:

Gentle Beginnings

Birth and Women’s Center

Special Beginnings

Allen Birthing Center


Association of Texas Midwives

Kelly Mom (breastfeeding & parenting)

American College of Nurse Midwives

Birthing Naturally

One Response to Resources

  1. Leigh says:

    I loved Ina May. Not so much the specifics as the stories over and over again of normal birth. It really left me with the sense that there was no way to plan the specific details of my birth, but that I could handle anything that came up.

    Kelly Mom is the best go to breastfeeding resource on the web (followed by Dr. Newman). Great if you want the reasons behind something.

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