Choose a Topic or a Course to preview Book Requirements or Recommendations:

Doula Canada students are asked to choose three (3) books to read prior to submitting a reading review for their certification (1 reading review per book, as per certification requirements updated in November 2020).

Students are encouraged to pick books that speak to their interests and their program but are welcome to choose books from any category.

Example:  a labour doula may want to choose something related to postpartum recovery or loss, or a postpartum doula may wish to read something about fertility or sex and birth.

Have fun choosing – there are some amazing books on perinatal topics out there!

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

Rutgers University Press (1998)
Canadian Books Authors or Experiences

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

The Mother of All Baby Books
Ann Douglas
Collins, 2015

Taylor Trade Publishing (2000)
Dundurn (2019)
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

Running Press Adult (2020)

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

Indigenous Authors, Experiences or Advocacy

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

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

Life Stages and Native Women: Memory, Teachings, and Story Medicine 
Kim Anderson
University of Manitoba Press, 2011.

Black Authors, Experiences or Advocacy
University of Georgia Press, 2018
Praeclarus Press (Dec 2 2017)
LGBQ2TS+ Authors, Experiences or Advocacy
Soft Skull Press (2014)
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

Infant & Gestational 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

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

What God Is Honored Here?: Writings on Miscarriage and Infant Loss by and for Native Women and Women of Color
Shannon Gibney and Kao Kalia Yang 
Univ Of Minnesota Press (Oct. 15 2019)

Joy at the End of the Rainbow

Ross-White/ Henke (2017)

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

Chestfeeding 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

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

Childbirth Educator: Readings to Accompany Assignments

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

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

Sex & Birth Course: Required Readings

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

When Survivor Give Birth.
Simpkin, P.
Quality Code Pub (April 30 2004)

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

Menopause Doula

Before the Change: Taking Charge of Your Perimenopause

Ann Louise Gittleman (HarperOne, 2017)

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