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Recommended Reading

Recommended ReadingAnd Baby Makes Three: The Six-Step Plan for Preserving Marital Intimacy and Rekindling Romance After Baby Arrives by John Gottman, PhD and Julie Schwartz Gottman, PhD

Written by highly-respected relational therapists from the University of Washington. Learn how to gracefully adjust to the inevitable changes that come with a new baby.

The Baby Book by William Sears, MD and Martha Sears, RN

The authors draw from their years of experience as both medical professionals and as parents of eight children. This is an encyclopedia related to the parenting of babies from birth to two years old, including topics such as development, health, feeding, sleep, comfort measures and more.

The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin, PT

A detailed handbook outlining techniques for supporting the laboring woman. Written by one of our country’s most respected experts.

Birthing from Within by Pam England, CNM and Rob Horowitz, PhD

Written by a midwife, this book strives to prepare women and their partners for childbirth by learning more about themselves. Exercises include journaling and birth art, and there is an appreciation of the emotional and spiritual influences on birth.

Dr. Jack Newman’s Guide to Breastfeeding by Dr. Jack Newman and Teresa Pitman

Dr. Newman is a pediatrician and one of Canada’s most renowned lactation experts. This book is a comprehensive guide to breastfeeding and includes advice about getting started, avoiding pain, introducing solid foods, returning to work and tackling problems that may arise.

Essential Exercises for the Childbearing Year by Elizabeth Noble

A discussion of muscles involved in pregnancy and birth, and methods for strengthening and supporting them.

Feeding the Whole Family: Cooking with Whole Foods by Cynthia Lair

With a focus on feeding babies and young children, this book is a wonderful cookbook for raising healthy eaters.

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin

Written by an experienced midwife and one of our country’s most vocal birth activists, this book serves to inspire women that their bodies are made for birthing. It includes many birth stories and highlights the importance of the mind/body connection in birth. It also addresses some of the most recent research as it pertains to hot topics in maternity care.

Natural Health after Birth by Aviva Jill Romm, CPM

A holistic discussion of a most important time: the first year after giving birth. Written by a midwife, herbalist and mother, this book is full of helpful advice in easing the transition into parenthood. Topics include nutrition, exercises, creating a support network, lifestyle changes and more. Includes recipes for 80 easy-to-make herbal remedies.

Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats by Sally Fallon

Full of whole-food recipes yet more than a cookbook. Nearly every page is lined with insightful quotes from other sources, with much discussion about how food is traditionally prepared to enhance its nutritional value. There is also a section devoted to evidence-based perspectives on protein, fat and carbohydrates.

Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The Complete Guide by Penny Simkin, PT, Janet Whalley, RN, BSN, Ann Keppler, RN, MN, Janelle Durham, MSW and April Bolding, PT

A comprehensive and easy-to-read guide through pregnancy, birth, postpartum and newborn care. Written by experts from Seattle and more than a million copies sold.

Smart Medicine for a Healthier Child by Janet Zand, ND, LAc, Robert Rountree, MD and Rachel Walton, MSN, CRNP

A holistic reference book discussing conventional and natural treatments for the most common childhood health concerns.

Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler, MPH

An excellent resource for learning more about the menstrual cycles. Teaches Fertility Awareness Method, which can be used for both planning and preventing pregnancy.

Vaccinations: A Thoughtful Parent’s Guide by Aviva Jill Romm

An informative and unbiased look at a topic that is often confusing. This book includes discussion of the immune system, various diseases for which we vaccinate, holistic ways of treating those diseases and public policy. There is clear medical information with frequent citations of studies.

The Vaccine Book by Robert Sears, MD

Detailed discussion of each vaccine including its safety, side effects, and ingredients. Another excellent resource for an unbiased look at this thought-provoking topic. You may also refer to the Sears’ website at www.askdrsears.com/thevaccinebook for the most current information.

When Survivors Give Birth by Penny Simkin, PT and Phyllis Klaus, MFT

Early sexual abuse often impacts the childbearing process. This book is an important resource for both survivors and those caring for them, as they work together to bring about healing and a positive birth experience.

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