Great Reading

baby reading

If you’re looking for yourself, or for a friends’s baby shower gift, the books listed here have been specifically chosen because they support the view that pregnancy, birth and parenthood are monumental but healthy transitions in a family’s life. These books (and many more) can be found in the Harmony Midwives lending library.

Feel free to browse through the library when you come to the office.  Books and DVD’s can be borrowed from one prenatal visit to the next.  We ask that you return any borrowed books or DVD’s in a timely manner so that other women can benefit from this well-used resource.  Thanks!



Reading List

Pregnancy and Childbirth

  • The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth by Sheila Kitzinger
  • The Mother of All Pregnancy Books by A. Douglas
  • The Pregnancy Book by Dr. W. Sears, M. Sears
  • Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn by P. Simkin, J. Whalley, A. Keppler

For the Partner

  • The Birth Partner – Everything you need to know to help a woman through Childbirth by P. Simkin

The Emotional, Psychological and Spiritual Sides of Birth

  • Birthing from Within by P. England, R. Horowitz
  • Childbirth with Insight by E. Noble
  • Gentle Birth Choices by B. Harper
  • Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by I. Gaskin
  • Magical Beginnings, Enchanted Lives: A Holistic Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth by D. Chopra
  • Spiritual Midwifery by I. Gaskin
  • Birth Matters by I. Gaskin

Staying Active in the Childbearing Year

  • Active Birth by J. Balaskas
  • Aquarobics – Working Out in Water by G. Baum
  • Easy Exercises for Pregnancy by J. Balaskas
  • Essential Exercises for the Chilbearing Year by E. Noble
  • Fit to Deliver – An Exercise Program for You and Your Baby by K. Nordahl, S. Kerr, C. Petersen
  • Preparing for Birth With Yoga by J. Balaskas


  • Bestfeeding: Getting Breastfeeding Right for You by M. Renfrew, C. Fisher, S. Arms
  • Jack Newman’s Guide to Breastfeeding by Dr. J. Newman, T. Pitman
  • The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding – La Leche League

Baby Care

  • Your Baby and Child – From Birth to Age Five by P. Leach
  • The Baby Book by W. Sears, M. Sears
  • The Happiest Baby on the Block by H. Karp

Evidence Based Practice in Obstetrics

  • A Guide to Effective Care in Pregnancy and Childbirth by M. Enkin