Natural Childbirth

By: Elizabeth Davis, Suzanne Arms (Photographer), & Linda Harrison (Illustrator)

An excellent and thorough resource for parents-to-be who are thinking about birthing their child assisted by a midwife, or who are concerned about the medical establishment's over-control of birth.


By: Elizabeth G. Bruce

A large percentage of women giving birth vaginally in the United States will receive an episiotomy. The vast majority of these surgeries are unnecessary and preventable. Using only the latest research, Elizabeth Bruce, MA, CCE, shows you how to take responsibility for your own birth. Helpful subjects include: Proven advice for avoiding perineal damage before, during, and after birth; Why a tear is preferable to an episiotomy; Optimal positioning for delivery; The benefits of waterbirth, doulas, and midwives; How to choose a good care provider; Building your confidence to birth. Inspiring stories from real women who have birthed babies, large and small, with their perineums intact!


By: Barbara Harper

In Gentle Birth Choices, Barbara Harper (nurse, former midwife, and mother of three) helps parents to plan a meaningful, family-centered birth experience. The DVD blends interviews with midwives and physicians and shows six actual births, including water birth, home birth, and vaginal birth. A powerful instructional tool for expectant parents, midwives, hospitals, birth centers, and doctors.


By: Sheila Kitzinger

As research discloses the risks of intensively managed hospital birth, increasing numbers of women are considering alternatives. This new updated edition of Sheila Kitzinger's pioneering work gives them the facts. Highly informative yet sensitively written, and supported by firsthand accounts of women's personal experiences of birth, this is the essential guide for every woman considering her options.


By: Peggy Vincent

In a joyous, often hilarious ode to the Birkenstock-scuffling, tackle box-toting mobile midwives who flourished in the 1980s, Peggy Vincent chronicles her abundant life as a professional Baby Catcher. Like the most courageous home births, this collection of birth experiences refuses anesthesia: plenty of bellowing, sweating, bleeding, and pushing accompany nearly all of the more than 40 tales. Tough confrontations with stubborn physicians, panicky labor partners, and one particularly nasty calico cat are dabbed with as many keen insights as Vincent's quieter, more heart-rending newborn encounters.


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