Childbirth Resources


Childbirth Books

The First-Time Parent's Childbirth Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide for Building Your Birth Plan (First-Time Mom's series) by Stephanie Mitchell CNM MSN DNP

The First-Time Parent’s Childbirth Handbook empowers you with answers for all your burning questions about giving birth and the days before and after, with space to build a custom birth plan that matches your values and comfort level.

Preparation for a Hospital Birth by Tiffany Vassell RN and Althea Robertson RN

Preparation for a Hospital Birth was created by two Labor and Delivery Nurses, one of whom is also a U.K.-trained and Registered Midwife. This book serves as a guide to better navigate the process of hospital births. This book covers topics such as the labor process, pain management, and immediate care for the newborn. Whether it is your first baby or your seventh, the information gained from this book will provide additional insight into the many options available. After reading this book, you will feel more confident, knowledgeable, and ready to welcome your baby. This book is a must-read for anyone having a baby.

The Birth Partner 5th Edition: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Partners, Doulas, and Other Labor Companions by Penny Simkin

Since the original publication of The Birth Partner, partners, friends, relatives, and doulas have relied on Penny Simkin’s guidance in caring for the new mother, from her last trimester through the early postpartum period. The Birth Partner remains the definitive guide to helping a woman through labor and birth.

Body Belly Soul: The Black Mother's Guide to a Primal, Peaceful, and Powerful Birth by Nicole Bailey

This book is not only a personal journey of pregnancy and birth, it explains situations many new mothers find themselves in. This book is a guide for any Black mother refusing to give away her power in birthing spaces. The Black Mother who knows without a doubt her choices matter, her mindset matters, and who she surrounds herself with matters. This is for the Black mother ready to take accountability for her birth experience through thoughtful preparation despite the status quo.

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