These are my top picks for pregnancy, birth and parenting books. These are books that I have either authored or read and loved. These are the books that, even as an experienced midwife, academic and mother, I keep going back to over and over again. The information in these books is timeless and valuable.

These are the books you will read, lend out and want back again!

  1. Birthing Outside the system: the Canary in the Coal mine By Hannah Dahlen et al
  2. Spiritual Midwifery By Ina May gaskin
  3. Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering By Sarah Buckley 
  4. Why Induction Matters By Rachel Reed
  5. Ina May’s guide to childbirth By Ina May Gaskin 
  6. New Active Birth by Janet Balaskas 
  7. The Scientification of Love By Michel Odent 
  8. Who moved my cheese By Spencer Johnson
  9. The First forty days By Heng Ou
  10. Birth Crisis By Sheila Kitzinger 
  11. The Birth wars By Mary-Rose MacColl
  12. Reading birth and death: a history of obstetric thinking by Jo Murphy-Lawless