Spiritual Midwifery and Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth are two of Ina May Gaskin’s bestsellers. Spiritual Midwifery is the classic guide to homebirth, and the Guide to Childbirth is an encouraging, practical look at unmedicated childbirth.
The Business of Being Born (also available via Amazon Instant Video) and More Business of Being Born are excellent documentaries by Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein. They weave personal birth stories with surprising statistics on the commercialization of birth.
Natural Health after Birth: The Complete Guide to Postpartum Wellness by Aviva Jill Romm is a short book packed with research, herbal recipes, encouragement, and practical ways to nourish body, soul, and mind during the weeks that follow baby’s birth.
Smart Medicine for a Healthier Child by Janet Zand, naturopathic physician, MD and pediatric nurse, is a guide to conventional and alternative approaches to kids’ health. It provides an in-depth look at herbal medicine, homeopathy, acupressure, diet, supplementation, and childhood ailments.
Natural Baby and Childcare: Practical Medical Advice and Holistic Wisdom for Raising Healthy Children by Lauren Feder, M.D. offers a bridge between medicine and motherhood, providing parents with a green guide to raising healthy children. Feder addresses common issues, like breastfeeding, solid foods, sleep, illnesses and more.
Vaccinations: A Thoughtful Parent’s Guide: How to Make Safe, Sensible Decisions about the Risks, Benefits, and Alternatives is yet another goodie by Aviva Jill Romm. She’s not preachy, but presents balanced, comprehensive research around disease prevention and the world of vaccinations.
- Joyous Birth
- Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering
- American College of Nurse Midwives
- DONA International
- Ina May Gaskin