For pregnancy, birth & postpartum
Whether you’re entering the realm of pregnancy and parenting for the first or the fourth time, you may find yourself overwhelmed by the vast array of resources you’re encountering. Not all books (or websites, podcasts, classes, etc) are created equal, and I’m delighted to share with you some of my absolute favorites. I hope they help you in your journey!
A note about inclusivity:
I celebrate and support all birthing people, and know that not all identify as women/mothers. While I aim to provide resources that use gender-inclusive language, some of the resources on my list still use very traditional gendered and heteronormative language.
If this language doesn’t match your gender identity or family structure and that makes it hard to stomach, please ask me for a more finely curated list of recommendations to support you better.
Baby Making For Everybody - Family Building and Fertility for LGBTQ+ and Solo Parents: Ray Rachlin and Maria Goodman
Transformed by Birth - Cultivating Openness, Resilience, and Strength for the Life Changing Journey from Pregnancy to Parenthood: Britta Bushnell
Like A Mother - A Feminist Journey Through the Science and Culture of Pregnancy: Angela Garbes
Expecting Better - Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom is Wrong, and What Your Really Need to Know: Emily Oster
The Birth Partner - A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Partners, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions: Penny Simkin
Real Food For Pregancy - The Science and Wisdom of Optimal Prenatal Nutrition: Lily Nichols
When Survivors Give Birth - Understanding and Healing the Effects of Early Sexual Abuse on Childbearing Women: Penny Simkin and Phyllis Klaus
Cribsheet - A Data Driven Guide to Better, More Relaxed Parenting, From Birth to Preschool: Emily Oster
The Fourth Trimester - A Postpartum Guide to Healing Your Body, Balancing Your Emotions, and Restoring Your Vitality: Kimberly Ann Johnson
The First Forty Days - The Essential Art of Nourishing The New Mother: Heng Ou
Breastfeeding Made Simple - Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers: Nancy Mohrbacher
ONLINE RESOURCES / PODCASTS
Evidence Based Birth
Database of evidence based articles on all things pregnancy and birth related.
Pregnancy and labor methods for encouraging optimal fetal positioning and the smoothest possible physiological birth.
Three positions designed to help with optimal fetal positioning in labor.
Resource for understanding your rights as a birthing person, as well as preventing birth trauma and obstetric violence.
Association of Ontario Midwives
Accessible and evidence-based articles and handouts for pregnant families.
Birthful: “Informing Your Intuition”
Adriana Lozada’s Birthful podcast features fabulous interviews with perinatal professionals alternating with birth stories from new parents
The Birth Hour
A birth story podcast, hosted by Bryn Hunt-Palmer, also featuring a thorough resource guide on the website.
Homebirth stories from black birthing people, hosted by Chae Pounds and Isis Rose.