Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth
I loved this book. Ina May Gaskin is an incredibly well known midwife who works on “The Farm” in Tennesee. Reading this book made me want to go there to have all of my babies. This book is part guide to childbirth (as the name implies) covering all kinds of FAQ’s about childbirth in general and home birth in particular. There are also a good number of personal birth stories that Ina May attended including some at “The Farm”.
Recommended for: women planning home births, anyone interested in childbirth/homebirth, midwives, future midwives, anyone interested in the natural birth movement (I’m pretty sure I got some weird looks reading this book on the airplane home from spring break since i look about 12 and was obviously not pregnant)
Baby Catcher: Chronicles of a Modern Midwife
This is the memoir of a California Midwife. She chronicles the many births she’s witnessed and assisted in her time. She has quite a few unique stories and provides great information on what its like to be a midwife in the United States.
Recommended for: midwives, midwives to be, nursing students, anyone interested in chidbirth/homebirths
Labor of Love: a Midwife’s Memoir
This is the memory from the midwife Cara Muhlhahn who is featured in the documentary film The Business of Being Born that I watched in my Women’s Health Issues class (its a really great film by the way!). She talks about her years as a labor and delivery nurse and her years as a home birth midwife in New York City.
Recommended for: midwives, midwives to be, anyone interested in childbirth/homebirths, nursing students
Nursing Mother’s Companion
Wonderful and practical guide to breastfeeding. It includes lots of information about feeding, when, how much, what to do if you feel your baby isn’t gaining weight, underfeeding, etc. All of it is presented in a very easy to understand format.
Recommended for: parents, moms to be, midwives, nurses, nursing students, lactation consultants
A Midwife’s Story
This is a memoir of a nurse midwife who trained in the UK and eventually became a midwife for the Amish in Pennsylvania.
Recommended for: Midwives, midwifery students, nurses, nursing students, anyone interested in midwives