Recommended Reading


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    There is no doubt that reading for fun or for information can be virtually impossible once your new bundle of joy arrives! Getting a head start on good reading material during (or before) your pregnancy can be helpful to all involved, and can sometimes help you evaluate what kind of parenting elements you and your partner want to practice. If you didn't have time to read or didn't know what to read until now, and baby is here or near, get a postpartum doula! They can help you attain evidence-based information quickly and accurately, and show you how to put it into practice. 

Books with an asterisk* are my personal favorites! When all else fails, buy the most recent book. They usually include the newest and most accurate information and research.

On Becoming a Mother

Misconceptions: Truth, Lies, and the Unexpected on the Journey to Motherhood by Naomi Wolf*


Ourselves As Mothers: The Universal Experience of Motherhood by Sheila Kitzinger


 Mothering the New Mother: Women's Feelings and Needs After Childbirth, a Support and Resource Guide 

by Sally Placksin




The Birth Partner: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions by Penny Simkin -- This is a great book for expecting moms and partners. It explains the birthing progress while also helping partners with coping strategies and understanding what the mother is going through.*


 The Birth Book: Everything You Need to Know to Have a Safe and Satisfying Birth by William and Martha Sears -- Anything by Dr. Sears is pretty much guaranteed to be great!


The Mother's Changing Body 


The Year After Childbirth: Enjoying Your Body, Your Relationships, and Yourself in Your Baby's First Year by Sheila Kitzinger


 Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn: The Complete Guide by Penny Simkin* 


The Newborn and Infant Care


The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two by James, Martha, Robert, and William Sears*** If you only get one book, this should be the one! It covers all categories.


Your Amazing Newborn by Marshall H. Klaus and Phyllis H. Klaus 


I would fully recommend and trust any book written or endorsed by the La Leche League, even though I haven't read them all. Here are some specific titles.

Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers by Nancy Mohrbacher and Kathleen Kendall-Tackett -- this book is endorsed by the La Leche League and has a companion website that has animated latches, information for doctors, and more! It is definitely worth checking out.*


The Breastfeeding Answer Book by  Nancy Mohrbacher, Julie Stock, and La Leche League International


The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers by Dr. Jack Newman and Teresa Pitman -- doula friends have told me this book isn't as novice-friendly as the others, so buyer beware!

Family Building, Touch, and Attachment

Bonding: Building the Foundations of Secure Attachment and Independence by Marshall H. Klaus, John H. Kennell, and Phyllis Klaus




The Vital Touch: How Intimate Contact With Your Baby Leads To Happier, Healthier Development by Sharon Heller -- this book was good but very science based. If you're a left-brained person (unlike myself!) this book is for you!
Postpartum Mood Disorders 

 Depression In New Mothers: Causes, Consequences, And Treatment Alternatives by Kathleen A. Kendall-Tackett -- another very scientifically worded book. Kendall-Tackett basically sums up all research and studies done on PPD EVER.