These are some of my favorites. If a book you love is not listed here, tell me about it! I’m always on the lookout for books to add to this list.


Active Birth: The New Approach to Giving Birth Naturally, by Janet Balaskas

Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth, by The Boston Women’s Health Book Collective

Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering: A Doctor’s Guide to Natural Childbirth and Gentle Early Parenting Choices, by Sarah J. Buckley

Your Orgasmic Pregnancy: Little Sex Secrets Every Hot Mama Should Know, by Danielle Cavallucci and Yvonne Fulbright

Orgasmic Birth: Your Guide to a Safe, Satisfying, and Pleasurable Birth Experience, by Elizabeth Davis and Debra Pascali-Bonaro

Birthing From Within, by Pam England

Optimal Care in Childbirth: The Case for a Physiologic Approach, by Henci Goer and Amy Romano

The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth: Practical Information for a Safe, Satisfying Childbirth, by Henci Goer

Gentle Birth Choices, by Barbara Harper and Suzanne Arms

Rediscovering Birth, by Sheila Kitzinger

The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth, by Sheila Kitzinger

The Doula Book: How a Trained Labor Companion Can Help You Have a Shorter, Easier, and Healthier Birth, by Marshall Klaus, John Kennell, and Phyllis Klaus

The Natural Pregnancy Book: Herbs, Nutrition, and Other Holistic Choices, by Aviva Jill Romm, MD

Hot Mama: How to Have a Babe and Be a Babe, by Karen Salmansohn

The Birth Book: Everything You Need to Know to Have a Safe and Satisfying Birth, by William and Martha Sears

The Birth Partner: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions, by Penny Simkin

Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The Complete Guide, by Penny Simkin, Janet Whalley, Ann Keppler, Janelle Durham, and April Bolding

The Simple Guide to Having a Baby, by Penny Simkin, Janet Whalley, and Ann Keppler

Creating Your Birth Plan: The Definitive Guide to a Safe and Empowering Birth, by Marsden Wagner, MD

Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year, by Susun Weed


This Isn’t What I Expected: Overcoming Postpartum Depression, by Karen Kleiman and Valerie Davis Raskin, MD

Mothering the New Mother: Women’s Feelings and Needs After Childbirth, by Sally Placksin

The Mother to Mother Postpartum Depression Support Book: Real Stories From Women Who Lived Through It and Recovered, by Sandra Poulin

Natural Health After Birth, by Aviva Jill Romm, MD

Down Came the Rain: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression, by Brooke Shields


Breastfeeding Café: Mothers Share the Joys, Challenges, and Secrets of Nursing, by Barbara Behrmann

Bestfeeding: How to Breastfeed Your Baby, by Chloe Fisher, Mary Renfrew, and Suzanne Arms

Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers, by Nancy Mohrbacher and Kathleen Kendall-Tackett

Defining Your Own Success: Breastfeeding After Breast Reduction Surgery, by Diana West

The Breastfeeding Mother’s Guide to Making More Milk, by Diana West and Lisa Marasco

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, by Diane Wiessinger, Diana West, and Teresa Pitman

Newborn/Infant Care

Science of Mom: A Research-Based Guide to Your Baby’s First Year, by Alice Callahan

Your Amazing Newborn, by Marshall Klaus and Phyllis Klaus

The Vaccine Answer Book: 200 Essential Answers to Help You Make the Right Decisions for Your Child, by Jamie Loehr, MD

The No Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night, by Elizabeth Pantley

Vaccinations: A Thoughtful Parent’s Guide, by Aviva Jill Romm, MD

Sweet Sleep: Nighttime and Naptime Strategies for the Breastfeeding Family, by Diane Wiessinger, Diana West, Linda J. Smith, and Teresa Pitman


Buying Dad: One Woman’s Search for the Perfect Sperm Donor, by Harlyn Aizley

Confessions of the Other Mother: Non-Biological Lesbian Moms Tell All, edited by Harlyn Aizley

The New Essential Guide to Lesbian Conception, Pregnancy, and Birth, by Stephanie Brill

Mommies, Daddies, Donors, Surrogates: Answering Tough Questions and Building Strong Families, by Diane Ehrensaft

The Complete Lesbian and Gay Parenting Guide, by Arlene Istar Lev

Where’s the Mother: Stories from a Transgender Dad, by Trevor MacDonald

Waiting in the Wings: Portrait of a Gay Motherhood, by Cherrie Moraga

The Ultimate Guide to Pregnancy for Lesbians: How to Stay Sane and Care for Yourself from Pre-conception through Birth, by Rachel Pepper

Pregnant Butch: Nine Long Months Spent in Drag, by A.K. Summers

Birth Advocacy/Midwifery

Heart and Hands: A Midwife’s Guide to Pregnancy and Birth, by Suzanne Arms

Immaculate Deception II: Myth, Magic & Birth, by Suzanne Arms

Pushed: The Painful Truth about Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care, by Jennifer Block

Birth as an American Rite of Passage, by Robbie Davis-Floyd

Childbirth and Authoritative Knowledge: Cross-Cultural Perspectives, by Robbie Davis-Floyd and Carolyn F. Sargent

Witches, Midwives & Nurses: A History of Women Healers, by Barbara Ehrenreich & Deirdre English

Obstetric Myths Versus Research Realities: A Guide to the Medical Literature, by Henci Goer

Birth Without Violence, by Frederick Leboyer

The Power of Women, by Sister MorningStar

Birth Reborn, by Michel Odent, MD

Childbirth and the Future of Homo Sapiens, by Michel Odent, MD

Baby Catcher: Chronicles of a Modern Midwife, by Peggy Vincent

Born in the USA: How a Broken Maternity System Must Be Fixed to Put Women and Children First, by Marsden Wagner, MD

Misconceptions: Truth, Lies, and the Unexpected on the Journey to Motherhood, by Naomi Wolf


Vaginal Birth After Caesarean: The VBAC Handbook, by Helen Churchill and Wendy Savage

The VBAC Companion: The Expectant Mother’s Guide to Vaginal Birth After Cesarean, by Diana Korte


Taking Charge of Your Fertility: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health, by Toni Weschler

Childbearing Loss

Empty Cradle, Broken Heart: Surviving the Death of Your Baby, by Deborah L. Davis

A Silent Sorrow: Pregnancy Loss: Guidance and Support for You and Your Family, by Ingrid Kohn and Perry-Lynn Moffitt

Ended Beginnings: Healing Childbearing Losses, by Claudia Panuthos, Catherine Romero, and Peggy O’Mara McMahon

Sexual Abuse

When Survivors Give Birth: Understanding and Healing the Effects of Early Sexual Abuse on Childbearing Women, by Penny Simkin and Phyllis Klaus

Survivor Moms: Women’s Stories of Birthing, Mothering, and Healing After Sexual Abuse, by Micky Sperlich, CPM


Born in the USA, Marcia Jarmel and Ken Schneider

The Business of Being Born, Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein (available on Netflix)

The Elk and the Epidural: How to Have an Epidural in Awareness, Pam England

Gentle Birth Choices, Barbara Harper

Giving Birth, Suzanne Arms

Orgasmic Birth: The Best Kept Secret, Debra Pascali-Bonaro

Pregnant in America, Mandy and Steve Buonaugurio