“Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth” by Ina May Gaskin
This book features a beautiful collection of birth stories alongside Ina May’s wisdom accumulated as a practicing midwife on The Farm. This book emphasizes that women can and should have a natural childbirth, and that the midwifery model of care is more suitable to achieve that.
“The Continuum Concept” by Jean Liedloff
Even though this book was originally published in 1975, it’s still valid today. In fact, while many of the continuum concept principles from Jean Liedloff are incorporated today through attachment parenting, the world at large is not paying heed to her advice.
“Unhindered Childbirth” by Sarah Morgan Haydock
Sarah’s book illustrates beautifully that you can trust your body to take care of the process for you. Pregnancy and childbirth are not illnesses. Instead, your body is designed to grow your baby safely in your womb and to deliver it when it’s time. While Unhindered Childbirth talks about complications during pregnancy and childbirth, the author encourages you to have faith in your own body first and foremost.
Birthing Cheat Sheet
This Cheat Sheet is designed to give you a quick overview of what to do during labor and immediately after
birth. Keep in mind that it’s more important to ensure that both mother and baby are doing well than to weigh and measure to newborn.
DIY Prenatal Care Checklist
What type of prenatal care you want to receive is up to you. You can do your own prenatal care at home and follow the regualr schedule using the
chart below. However, the best way to ensure a healthy baby is to eat a healthy diet and stay active throughout your pregnancy.
Homebirth Supplies Checklist
When women plan their homebirth, they often end up getting a supply kit of some kind or another. When they don’t find a kit, they’ll usually use someone else’s recommendations of what will be needed at the birth. You can keep it simple, or you can make it really complicated when it comes to homebirth supplies.