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History of Birth Support

The Birth Conspiracy
Rivka Cymbalist
Canada: Curioso Books, 2011

Birth – The Surprising History of How We Are Born
Tina Cassidy
New York, USA: Grove Press, 2006

Spiritual Midwifery
Ina May Gaskin
Summertown, USA: Book Publishing Company, New Millennium Edition, 2003

Canadian Books Related to Maternal and Perinatal Experience

Indigenous Experiences of Pregnancy and Birth
Hannah Tait Neufeld and Jaime Cidro
Demeter Press, 2017.

The Birth House (fiction)
Amy McKay
Vintage Canada, 2007

The Mother of All Baby Books
Ann Douglas
Collins, 2015

Labour and Birth Support

Birth Ambassadors, Doulas and the Re-Emergence of Woman-Supported Birth in America
Christine H. Morton with Elayne G. Clift
Praeclarus Press, 2014

The Doula Advantage
Rachel Gurevich
New York, USA: Three Rivers Press, 2003

The Doula Guide to Birth – Secrets Every Pregnant Woman Should Know
Ananda Lowe and Rachel Zimmerman
New York, USA: Bantam, 2009

The Baby Catcher, Chronicles of a Modern Midwife
Peggy Vincent
Scribner Books, 2003

Your Best Birth – Know All Your Options, Discover the Natural Choices, and Take Back the Birth Experience
Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein
Boston, USA: Wellness Central, 2010

The Doula’s Guide to Empowering Your Birth
Lindsey Bliss
Harvard Common Press, 2018

Gentle Birth Choices
Barbara Harper
Rochester, USA: Inner Tradition, 2005

Red Medicine: Traditional Indigenous Rites of Birthing and Healing
Patrisia Gonzales
University of Arizona, 2012

The Labour Progress Handbook – Early Interventions to Prevent and Treat Dystocia
Penny Simkin, Ruth Ancheta
West Sussex, UK: The Atrium, Southern Gate, 2011

Birthing from Within
Pam England
Partera Books, 1995

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth
Ina May Gaskin
Bantam Books, 2003

Ancient Map for Modern Birth
Pam England
Seven Gates Media, 2017

Postpartum Transition and Recovery

Mothering the New Mother
Sally Plaskin
Newmarket Press, 2000.

The Fourth Trimester Companion
Cynthia Gabriel
Harvard Common Press, 2017

When Baby Brings The Blues
Ariel Dalfen
Collins, 2014

Build Your Nest: A Postpartum Planning Workbook
Kestrel Gates
Create Space, 2016

Supporting Through Trauma and Loss

Ghost belly
Elizabeth Heinemann
Feminist Press, New York, 2014

Companioning at a Time of Perinatal Loss
Jane Heustis, RN, & Marcia Jenkings, RN
Companion Press, Colorado, 2005

Cut, Stapled, and Mended
Roanna Rosewood
Confluence Books, 2013

When Survivors Give Birth
Penny Simkin and Phyllis Klaus
Quality Code Publishing, 2004

Breastfeeding and Infant Care

Dr. Jack Newman’s Guide To Breastfeeding
Dr. Jack Newman and Teresa Pitman
Collins, 2014

Sleeping with Your Baby
James McKenna
Platypus Media, 2007

Sweet Sleep
Diane Wiessinger, Diana West, Linda J. Smith and Teresa Pitman
Ballantine Books, 2014

The Big LetDown
Kimberly Seals Allers
St. Martin’s Press, 2016

The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby From Birth To Age Two
Dr. William Sears and Martha Sears, R.N.
Little Brown and Company, 2013

Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding
Ina May Gaskin
Bantam Books, 2009

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding
La Leche League International
Ballantyne Books, 2010

The Nursing Mother’s Companion, 7th Edition
Kathleen Huggins
Harvard Common Press, 2015

Infant & Pregnancy Loss (Options for Certification Readings)

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After Miscarriage: Medical Facts and Emotional Support for Pregnancy Loss
Krissi Danielsson
Harvard Common Press, 2008

Ghost belly
Elizabeth Heinemann
Feminist Press, New York, 2014

Companioning at a Time of Perinatal Loss
Jane Heustis, RN, & Marcia Jenkings, RN
Companion Press, Colorado, 2005

The Mourner’s Dance: What We Do When People Die
Katherine Ashenburg
Vintage Canada, 2010

An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination
Elizabeth McCracken
Little, Brown and Company, 2008

In The Shade of Ava’s Tree
Melissa Krawecki
Praeclarus Press, 2015

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Never Too Young to Know: Death in Children’s Lives
Phyllis R. Silverman
Oxford University Press, 1999

Holding Space: On Loving, Dying, and Letting Go
Amy Wright Glenn
Parallax Press, 2017

Empty Cradle, Broken Heart
Deborah L. Davis
Fulcrum Publishing, 1996

Without Apology: Writing on Abortion in Canada
Shannon Stettner
Athabasca University Press, 2016

Childbirth Educator: Required Readings

Birth – The Surprising History of How We Are Born
Tina Cassidy
New York, USA: Grove Press, 2006

The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth
Sheila Kitzinger
Knopf, 2003

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth
Ina May Gaskin
Bantam Books, 2003

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding
La Leche League International
Ballantyne Books, 2010

Pushed
Jennifer Block
De Capo Press, 2008

Dr. Jack Newman’s Guide To Breastfeeding
Dr. Jack Newman and Teresa Pitman
Collins, 2014

Childbirth Educator: Recommended Readings (not required)

The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby From Birth To Age Two
Dr. William Sears and Martha Sears, R.N.
Little Brown and Company, 2013

The Mother of All Baby Books
Ann Douglas
Collins, 2015

Sleeping with Your Baby
James McKenna
Platypus Media, 2007

This Isn’t What I Expected: Overcoming Postpartum Depression
Karen R. Kleinman and Valerie Raskin
Da Capo Lifelong Books, 2013

Sex & Birth Course: Required Readings

And Baby Makes Three: The six-step plan for preserving marital intimacy and rekindling romance after baby arrives.
Gottman, J. M., & Shwartz Gottman, J.
New York, NY: Three Rivers Press, 2007

Come As You Are: The surprising new science that will transform your sex life.
Nagoski, E.
New York, NY: Simon & Schustere Paperbacks, 2015

The Mother’s Guide to Sex: Enjoying your sexuality through all stages of motherhood.
Semans, A., & Winks, C.
New York, NY: Three Rivers Press, 2001.

Survivor Moms: Women’s stories of birthing, mothering, and healing after sexual abuse.
Sperlich, M., Seng, J.
Eugene, OR: Motherbaby Press, 2008

Sex & Birth Course: Recommended Readings

Sexual intimacy for women: a guide for same-sex couples.
Corwin, G.
Berkeley, CA: Seal Press, 2010

Sex After Baby: Why there is none
Hamilton, K.
Charlottetown, PEI: Acorn Press, 2007

Birth & Sex: The power and the passion
Kitzinger, S.
London, UK: Pinter & Martin Ltd, 2012

Anatomy of Arousal: Secret maps to buried pleasure
Winston, S.
Kingston, NY: Mango Garden Press, 2010

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