Reading List

Preparing for Birth with Yoga: Empowering and Effective Exercise for Pregnancy and Childbirth, by Janet Balaskas
The Encyclopedia of Pregnancy and BirthA Complete Self Help Guide to Active Birth and Early Parenthood, by Janet Balaskas & Yehudi Gordon
The Female Pelvis: Anatomy and Exercises, by Blandine Calais-Germain
Aromatherapy for Pregnancy and Childbirth, by Margaret Fawcett
The Pregnancy Journal:  A Day-to-Day Guide to a Healthy and Happy Pregnancy, by Christine A. Harris, Ph.D.
Bountiful, Beautiful, Blissful: Experience the Natural Power of Pregnancy and Birth with Kundalini Yoga and Meditation, by Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa
Relax and Renew: Restful Yoga for Stressful Times, by Judith Lasater, Ph.D.
Mayo Clinic Complete Book of Pregnancy and Baby’s First Year, by Mayo Clinic
Yoga as Medicine: The Yogic Prescription for Health and Healing, by Timothy McCall
The Pregnancy Book, by  Martha Sears, R.N., William Sears, M.D., & Linda Hughey Holt
Wise Woman Herbal: The Childbearing Year, by Susan Weed

Immaculate Deception II: Myth, Magic & Birth, by Suzanne Arms
Active Birth: The New Approach to Giving Birth Naturally, by Janet Balaskas
Husband-Coached Childbirth: The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth, by Robert Bradley
Birthing from Within: An Extra-Ordinary Guide to Childbirth Preparation, by Pam England & Rob Horowitz, Ph.D.
Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth, by Ina May GaskinBirth Without Violence, by  Frederick Leboyer
The Birth Partner: Everything You Need to Know to Help a Woman Through Childbirth, by Penny Simkin
HypnoBirthing, The Mongan Method: A Natural Approach to a Safe, Easier, More Comfortable Birthing, by Marie F. Mongan

Dear Parent: Caring for Infants with Respect, by Magda Gerber
Listening to Your Baby: A New Approach to Parenting Your Newborn, by Jay Gordon
The Vital Touch: How Intimate Contact With Your Baby Leads to Happier, Healthier Development, by Sharon Heller, Ph.D.
Magical Child, by Joseph Chilton Pearce
The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two, by  Martha Sears, R.N. & William Sears, M.D.
Our Babies, Ourselves: How Biology and Culture Shape the Way We Parent, by Meredith F. Small
The Secret Life of the Unborn Child: How You Can Prepare Your Baby for a Happy, Healthy Life,by Thomas Verny, M.D. & John Kelly


Online Resources


BREASTFEEDING — for more information or difficulty: (La Leche League)


BREECH PRESENTATION —and for information about optimal fetal positioning:


CESAREAN — information on c-sections:






DOULA — to learn more or locate one in your area:





PARENTING — from conception through the childhood years:











prenatal yoga video(2000) – Sue Elkind /Crunch Yoga Mama —