My Personal Library
Throughout my doula training and education, I have purchased a number of books that I would be happy to share with clients, doulas, or any member of my community hoping to gain information and insight into pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum experience.
Birth Ambassadors: Doulas and the Re-Emergence of Woman-Supported Birth in America by Christine H. Morton, Ph.D. with Elayne G. Clift, MA
"This book is the definitive work on dulas int he United States... Want to know what a doula actually does for laboring mothers? Read this book! Want to know what a doula can do for you personally, if you are expecting? Read this book! Want to know if you yourself should become a doula? Read this book! ...You will find all your andswers within its beautifully written pages." -Robbie Davis-Floyd PhD, Senior Research FEllow, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Texas Austin (Author of Birth as an American Rite of Passage, and co-editor of Mainstreaming Midwives)
The Birth Partner: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions by Penny Simkin
"This is the ultimate guide for mothers, birth coaches, and doulas. There is nothing else so complete, well balanced, and reassuring." -Kathleen Huggins (Author of The Nursing Mother's Companion)
Birthing From Within by Pam England CNM, MA & Rob Horowitz PhD
"Pam England offers numerous original, creative, and enjoyable ways for birthing women and their partners to become more aware of their strengths and needs for birth and afterwards. Her wisdom, experience, and love for child-birthing women permeate this book." -Penny Simkin, P.T. (Author of The Birth Partner and Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn)
Ina May's Guide To Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin
"My most fervent prayer for all pregnant women is that they read this book and heed its wisdom. In doing so, they will remember their women's wisdom and never forget it. Thank you, Ina May, from the bottom of my heart for writing this guide to natural childbirth. This information can change the world." -Christiane Northrup, M.D. (Author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause)
Pregnancy, Childbrith, and the Newborn by Penny Simkin PT, et al.
"Women can only make informed choices when they're able to get comprehensive information on the many decisions that come up during pregnancy, labor, birth, and the postpartum period. Thsi book provides such information. I heartily recommend it to all pregnant women!" -Ina May Gaskin (Author of Ina May's Guide to Childbirth)