Required Reading List

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    • The Mama Bamba Way. Robyn Sheldon

    • The Doula Book: How a Trained Labor Companion Can Help you Have a Shorter, Easier and Healthier Birth by Marshall and Phyllis Klaus (2012, or later)
    • The Basic Needs of a Woman in Labour. Ruth Ehrhardt
    • Breastfeed Your Baby. Marie-Louise Steyn IBCLC. Metz Press

You need to select and read at least three (3) books from the list below. Please select the most recently published editions:

Pregnancy & birth preparation

  • The New Pregnancy & Childbirth: Choices and Challenges by Sheila Kitzinger (2011, or later) 

  • Understanding the Critical Period Between Conception and the First Birthday. Odent, Michel, MD. Primal Health
  • Birthing From Within. Pam England
  • The Gentle Birth Method. Gowrie Metha
  • The Fertility Handbook. James Schwartz
  • The Secret Life of the Unborn Child. Verney, Thomas with John Kelly.
  • Spiritual Midwifery. Ina May Gaskin


  • The Birth Partner: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas and All Other Labor Companions by Penny Simkin (2013, or later)
  • The Labour Progress Handbook. Simkin and Ancheta
  • Optimal Care in Childbirth: the Case for a Physiologic Approach by Henci Goer and Amy Romano (2012, or later) 

  • An Easier Childbirth: a Mother’s Guide to Birthing Normally by Gayle Peterson (2008, or later) 

  • Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin (2008, or later) 

  • Heart and Hands. Elizabeth Davis. Celestial Arts
  • Natural Hospital Birth: the Best of Both Worlds by Cynthia Gabriel (2011, or later)

  • Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering. Buckley, Dr. Sarah J.
  • The Silent Knife. Nancy Weiner Cohen
  • Birth Without Violence. Frederick Leboyer
  • Preparing for a Gentle Birth by Blandine Calais-Germain & Nura Vives Pares

The newborn, breastfeeding & parenting

  • The Baby Book by William Sears
  • Dr Jack Newman’s guide to Breastfeeding: The Canadian Expert Offers the most up to date advice on every aspect of Breastfeeding. Jack Newman & Teresa pitman (2015, or later)
  • Raising a son. Don Elium
  • Magical Beginnings, Enchanted Lives: A Holistic Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth. Chopra, Deepak.  
  • Parenting from the Inside Out. Daniel Siegel and Mary Hartzell
  • Why Love Matters. How Affection shapes a Baby’s Brain. Sue Gerhardt
  • Liberated Parents, Liberated Children. Mazlish and Faber
  • The Continuum Concept. Jean Liedloff

 Emotional challenges

  • When Survivors Give Birth: Understanding and Healing the Effects of Early Sexual Abuse on Childbearing Women. Penny Simkin, Phyllis Klaus
  • This Isn’t What I Expected: Overcoming Postpartum Depression by Karen Kleiman and Valerie Davis Raskin (2013, or later) 

  • The Hidden Feelings of Motherhood by Kathleen Kendall-Tackett (2005, or later) 

  • Transformed by Postpartum Depression: Women’s Stories of Trauma and Growth by Walker 
Karraa (2014, or later) 

  • Postpartum Depression and Anxiety: A Self-Help Guide by Pacific Postpartum Support (2014, or 
  • Invisible Earthquake. Malika Ndlovu
  • Waking the Tiger. Peter A Levine
  • Necessary Losses. Judith Viorst
  • The Light Inside the Dark. John Tarrant


  • The Doula Business Guide: Creating a Successful MotherBaby Business by Patty Brennan (2014, or later) 

  • Doula Programs: How to Start and Run a Private or Hospital-Based Program with Success! by Paulina Perez with Deaun Thelen (2010, or later) 

  • Body of Work: Finding The Thread That Binds Your Story Together by Pamela Slim (2013, or 

Developing the heart

  • The Scientification of Love. Michel Odent
  • The Wise Heart. Jack Kornfield.
  • Everyday Blessings. Jon and Myla Kabat Zinn
  • The Miracle of Mindfulness. Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Wherever You Go, There You Are. Jon Kabat Zinn
  • Time to Think. Nancy Kline

Women’s health

  • Our Bodies, Ourselves for the New Century. The Boston Women’s Health Collective
  • Goddess in Everywoman. Jean Shinada Bolen
  • The Fourth Trimester: A Postpartum Guide to Healing Your Body, Balancing Your Emotions and Restoring your Vitality by Kimberly Ann Johnson