Books and Resources
The following list of books are some of our suggestions for pregnancy, birth, and early parenting. The list is by no means complete but these are the books we have enjoyed over the years and have found helpful. If you have found a book that was particularly helpful or you enjoyed please let us know so we can add it to our list. Some of these books will be ones you want to buy others can be borrowed from your local library.
New Active Birth – Janet Balaskas
This classic book will assist you and your birth partner prepare for and experience an active birth. Women intuitively choose to move their bodies to find the most comfortable positions for labour and birth. With this book, you can learn to develop your body’s resources to enable you to respond instinctively to labour and birth.
Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering – Dr Sarah Buckley
Sarah explains the logic, safety and benefits of natural birth and gentle parenting, using the best evidence. She explains the conditions we need to optimise the flow of ‘ecstatic’ hormones that every woman produces during a natural labour and birth.
Birth & Sex – Sheila Kitzenger
In this compelling and controversial new book Sheila Kitzenger explores the complexity and depth of female sexuality during pregnancy, birth, and post birth. She shows what can be done to create an environment in which women are able to trust their instincts and be confident in their bodies. Women are able to reclaim the spontaneity and sexual essay of childbirth by rediscovering the power and passion in their bodies.
Birth Skills – Juju Sundin & Sarah Murdoch
This book helps women understand what is happening to their body during labour and how to manage pain. Good for support people.
Birthing from Within – Pam England & Rob Horowitz
Full of practical advice on preparing for birth. Uses art therapy and creative visualisation to help women analyse their thoughts during pregnancy. Provides techniques for coping with labour pain without drugs.
Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth – Ina May Gaskin
Ina May shares the benefits and joys of natural childbirth by showing women how to trust in the ancient wisdom of their bodies for a healthy and fulfilling birthing experience. Provides comprehensive information on everything from the all-important mind-body connection to how to give birth without technological intervention.
The Waterbirth Book- Janet Balaskas
This is a comprehensive guide to all aspects of water birth. An indispensable handbook for women contemplating a water birth.
Joyous Birth Changes the World – Tadashi Yoshimura
Instead of a medical emergency, Yoshimura describes birth as a transcendent and natural process that cannot be perfected, and that, when performed through the innate power of women, reveals what he calls a ‘mystic beauty’.
Optimal Foetal Positioning – Pauline Scott & Jean Sutton
Suggests ways to help align the baby into the pelvis before labour starts.
The Natural Way to a Better Pregnancy – Francesca Naish & Jan Roberts
This is a practical guide to health in body and mind during pregnancy, with information on how to create a healthy environment, detoxify your body and introduce natural alternatives to give your baby the best start.
The New Pregnancy and Childbirth – Shelia Kitzinger
A comprehensive guide to all areas of pregnancy and birth.
Homebirth: A Practical Guide – Nicky Wesson
An ideal resource for those considering or planning a birth at home. It combines practical information, personal stories and research.
The Father’s Home Birth Handbook – Leah Hazard
This book provides a resource aimed specifically at exploring men’s hopes and fears around birth at home. Thorough research, balanced discussion, and dozens of home birth stories from real men all over the world make this essential reading for all fathers-to-be.
I’ve Had Enough – Neil Matterson
Cartoons are used to open up imaginary lines of communication between the baby and the breast. Despite the humorous approach, the two most basic needs, love and nourishment, are sensitively portrayed.
Baby-Led Breastfeeding: How to Make Breastfeeding Work, With your Baby’s Help – Gill Rapley
Understanding your baby’s natural abilities and learning how to interpret his/her needs will help you to establish and protect a way of feeding that will work for both you. Dispels some of the myths about breastfeeding and explains the whole process in simple terms.
Follow Me Mum (DVD) – Rebecca Glover
Shows mothers how breastfeeding works, how to work with the baby’s instinctive behaviour and how to hold, position and latch the baby.
Australian Breastfeeding Association Breastfeeding Booklets
The Australian Breastfeeding Association have a number of booklets and books on breastfeeding. Membership includes a copy of ‘Breastfeeding Naturally’ . This book can help answer the questions most parents have about breastfeeding. It covers topics from preparing for breastfeeding, to solving problems and managing the changing needs of your growing baby.
The Birth Partner – Penny Simkin
Everything you need to know to be an effective birth partner and give increased confidence and support to the labouring woman.
Cheers to Childbirth: A Dad’s guide to Childbirth Support – Lucy Perry
Provides fathers with a comprehensive and supportive guide to pregnancy, childbirth, and early parenting written specifically for them. Includes personal stories from Australian dads.
First-Time Father – Graeme Russell & Tony White
Helps fathers-to-be communicate effectively with their partner, work together as a team, and build strong and lasting connections with their children.
So You’re Going to be a Dad – Peter Downey
Uses light-hearted humour to help first-time dads prepare for what’s coming their way.
100 Ways to Calm the Crying – Pinky McKay
Pinky provides simple information on the reasons babies cry, from normal developmental changes to painful conditions such as colic and reflux. Gentle strategies are offered to help you calm and connect with your baby.
A Baby Wants to be Carried: Everything You Need to Know About Baby Carriers and the Benefits of Babywearing – Evelin Kirkilionis
Held close to the body of a familiar caregiver, babies thrive on the sense of security they feel as they interact with their surroundings. This book provides information on how baby wearing works, what to put them in, and safety.
Parenting by Heart – Pinky McKay
We love books by Pinky McKay! In this book Pinky provides expert information on the full range of concerns in baby’s first year but encourages parents to apply this information in a way that makes it their own. She offers reassurance that parents know best what their baby needs and to trust their instincts.
Sleeping like a Baby – Pinky McKay
Offers a natural, intuitive approach to solving sleep problems.
The Baby Book – Martha Sears & William Sears
A comprehensive baby book that covers the essential needs of babies. The authors also wrote ‘The Attachment Parenting Book’.
Hello Baby – Jenny Overend
This is the beautiful story of a family all being together for a home birth, narrated by the youngest son.
There’s a House Inside My Mummy – Giles Andreas & Vanessa Cabban
A little boy waits for his new baby to arrive.
My Brother Jimi Jazz – Chrissy Butler
A family prepares for the home birth of their baby, told from the perspective of his sister.
Where do Babies Come From? – Sally Ann Wright
Takes young children through the questions of how life starts and who they are. This story deals with concerns that there won’t be enough love to go around.