Helpful Books and Videos

Here are some great books and videos I would suggest studying.  Most can be found for low cost online, or at your local library.


Orgasmic Birth (Trailer)
"Joyous, sensuous and revolutionary, Orgasmic Birth brings the ultimate challenge to our cultural myths by inviting viewers to see the emotional, spiritual, and physical heights attainable through birth. Witness the passion as birth is revealed as an integral part of woman's sexuality and a neglected human right. With commentary by Christiane Northrup, MD, and midwives Ina May Gaskin, Elizabeth Davis and other experts in the field and stunning moments of women in the ecstatic release of childbirth."

The Business Of Being Born (Trailer)
"Birth: it's a miracle. A rite of passage. A natural part of life. But more than anything, birth is a business. Compelled to find answers after a disappointing birth experience with her first child, actress Ricki Lake recruits filmmaker Abby Epstein to examine and question the way American women have babies. The film interlaces intimate birth stories with surprising historical, political and scientific insights and shocking statistics about the current maternity care system. When director Epstein discovers she is pregnant during the making of the film, the journey becomes even more personal. Should most births be viewed as a natural life process, or should every delivery be treated as a potentially catastrophic medical emergency?"

Pregnant In America (Trailer)
"Pregnant in America examines the betrayal of humanity's greatest gift--birth--by the greed of U.S. corporations. Hospitals, insurance companies and other members of the healthcare industry have all pushed aside the best care of our infants and mothers to play the power game of raking in huge profits.

His wife pregnant, first-time filmmaker Steve Buonaugurio sets out to create a film that will expose the underside of the U.S. childbirth industry and help end its neglectful exploitation of pregnancy and birth.

Pregnant in America is the controversial story of life's greatest miracle in the hands of a nation's most powerful interests."


Ina May's Guide to Childbirth - Ina May Gaskin

Ina May's Guide to Breastfeeding - Ina May Gaskin

Spiritual Midwifery - Ina May Gaskin

Childbirth Without Fear - Grantly Dick-Read

Unassisted Childbirth - Laura Shanley

Your Best Birth: Know All Your Options, Discover the Natural Choices, and Take Back the Birth Experience - Ricki Lake & Abby Epstein

Gentle Birth Choices - Barbara Harper and Suzanne Arms

Hypnobirthing - Marie Mongan

The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth - Henci Goer and Rhonda Wheeler

Birthing from Within: An Extra-Ordinary Guide to Childbirth Preparation - Pam England and Rob Horowitz