These are some of the books we recommend for our Doulas. You can order them by clicking the title or the picture.

The Birth Partner – Revised 4th Edition: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions
Penny Simkin
Since the original publication of The Birth Partner, new mothers’ mates, friends, and relatives and doulas (professional birth assistants) have relied on Penny Simkin’s guidance in caring for the new mother from the last few weeks of pregnancy through the early postpartum period. Fully revised in its fourth edition, The Birth Partner remains the definitive guide for preparing to help a woman through childbirth and the essential manual to have at hand during the event.

The Doula Book: How a Trained Labor Companion Can Help You Have a Shorter, Easier, and Healthier Birth
Marshall H. Klaus
For an entire generation of new parents, this warm, expert work has become the standard guide to the shortest, easiest, and healthiest childbirth. Now a thoroughly updated and revised edition offers new research showing how labor support reduces the rate of cesarean sections, length of labor, need for pain medicine, and number of episiotomies. New material also demonstrates the positive effects of having a doula on mother-infant bonding, how relatives or friends can be trained in labor support, and how hypnosis is used to ease and shorten labor. No expectant parent will want to be without this empowering and irreplaceable book.

 Nurturing the Family: The Guide for Postpartum Doulas
Jacqueline Kelleher
This book is a must read for those thinking of becoming a postpartum doula and a refreshing resource for those already supporting families through the postpartum period.

The Doula Business Guide: Creating a Successful Motherbaby Business
by Patty Brennan
Make a living doing work you love! The Doula Business Guide is a comprehensive, go-to manual for individuals and groups wanting to establish and grow a thriving doula service. This nuts and bolts manual covers the pros and cons of self-employment, small business set up and development, a variety of business models, nonprofit set-up and management, community-based and hospital-based doula program models, staying out of trouble with the IRS, contemporary marketing basics, grant writing for maternal-infant health initiatives, risk management for doulas and doula programs, setting boundaries with clients, personal safety strategies and self defense for outreach workers, and more. 400 pages of inspiration and useful information for launching a doula career or program.

 Childbirth Without Fear: The Principles and Practice of Natural Childbirth
by Grantly Dick-Read (Author), Ina May Gaskin (Foreword)
In an age where birth has often been overtaken by obstetrics, Dr Dick-Read’s philosophy is still as fresh and relevant as it was when he originally wrote this book. He unpicks every possible root cause of western woman’s fear and anxiety in pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding and does so with overwhelming heart and empathy. Essential reading for all parents-to-be, childbirth educators, midwives and obstetricians!

Birthing from Within: An Extra-Ordinary Guide to Childbirth Preparation
by Pam England (Author), Rob Horowitz (Author)
Here is a holistic approach to childbirth that examines this profound rite-of-passage not as a medical event but as an act of self-discovery. Exercises and activities such as journal writing, meditation, and painting will help mothers analyze their thoughts and face their fears during pregnancy. For use during birth, the book offers proven techniques for coping with labor pain without drugs, a discussion of the doctor or midwife’s role, and a look at the father’s responsibilities. Childbirth education should also include what to expect after the baby is born. Here are baby basics, such as how to bathe a newborn, how to get the little one to sleep, and tips for getting nursing off to a good start. Pregnancy, birth, and postpartum is a process of continuous learning and adjustment; Birthing From Within provides the necessary support and education to make each phase of birthing a rewarding experience.

Doula Programs: How to Start and Run a Private or Hospital-Based Program with Success! 
by Paulina Perez with Deaun Thelen (Author), Kate Hutchins (Editor)
Doula Programs is an practical & essential resource for all who are currently running or plan to run a birth or postpartum doula program. It fills an important gap in the literature on doula programs. As a 30 year veteran of doula program consulting, Perez passion for women and their babies radiates throughout this definitive book as she throughly guides readers on how to develop a top-notch doula program as she covers every aspect from A to Z in this hands-on manual. She writes in clear and down-to-earth style and describes the nitty-gritty of the business of running a doula program. This second edition is exactly what a new doula business person needs to get her business skills on a sound footing. The information in the book can be used to ensure that doula programs succeed long term. In this second edition, Perez has added a new exciting chapter titled Established Programs Around the World. The information in this chapter is the only listing of its kind in print and was written so that novice and/or experienced doulas can prevent having to re-invent the wheel all the time. The appendix includes a listing of URL s and a extensive resource title listing and much more. This goldmine of a book not only gives valuable information it stirs the need for change within the reader and the birthing community. As the book points out, Change is necessary to keep maternity care vibrant and growing. . By combining advocacy and activism, this book contributes importantly to movement and maternity care services. Although this book is written with doula programs in mind, the information in it can be used for anyone wanting to start a small business- especially other perinatal care oriented ones (childbirth educators, massage therapists, and midwives).

The Labor Progress Handbook: Early Interventions to Prevent and Treat Dystocia
by Penny Simkin (Author), Ruth Ancheta (Author)

Our book is directed primarily toward l doctors, midwives, nurses, and educators, but also we find that doulas and childbirth educators also find it valuable. To our knowledge, The Labor Progress Handbook is the only book that focuses on safe, effective, low-technology, low-cost, low-risk ways to maintain and enhance labor progress.  These are all strategies that can be tried in non-urgent situations, and may prevent or resolve labor progress problems without the need for the higher-technology and higher risk medical and surgical solutions that are sometimes necessary.
The third edition of The Labor Progress Handbook builds on the success of first two editions and remains an unparalleled resource on simple, non-invasive interventions to prevent or treat difficult labor. Features new to this edition include two new chapters on third and fourth stage labor management and low-technology interventions, a complete analysis of directed versus spontaneous pushing, and additional information on massage techniques.

Oxorn Foote Human Labor and Birth
by Glenn Posner (Author), Amanda Black (Author), Griffith Jones (Author), Jessica Dy (Author)
Edition after acclaimed edition, Oxorn-Foote Human Labor & Birth has provided the most comprehensive, yet accessible overview of obstetrics available. Going beyond scientific theory and a technological orientation, this landmark guide is written for the real world of clinical practice, as it expertly examines all mechanisms of human labor and delivery.

The book begins with a valuable review of clinical anatomy, then thoroughly examines the three stages of labor, with a focus on proper management and birthing techniques. Specific guidance on the full spectrum of complications and delivery situations, including Cesarean section, breech presentation, transverse lie, umbilical cord issues, dystocia, and more are also presented. A final section addresses such critical concerns as preterm labor, antepartum hemorrhage, and maternal and fetal complications in labor.

NEW! Full-color design with hundreds of original, skill-sharpening illustrations
NEW! Insightful, timely chapter on the challenges of obesity in pregnancy
NEW! Essential coverage of modern techniques for the management of postpartum hemorrhage
NEW! Expanded review of multiple pregnancy

Prenatal and Postnatal Care
by Robin G. Jordan (Author), Janet Engstrom (Author), Julie Marfell (Author), Cindy L. Farley (Author)
Prenatal and Postnatal Care: A Woman-Centered Approach is a comprehensive resource for the care of the pregnant woman before and after birth. Ideal as a graduate text for newly-qualified adult nurses, family and women’s health practitioners, and midwives, the book can also be used as an in-depth reference for antenatal and postpartum care for those already in practice. Beginning by outlining the physiological foundations of prenatal and postnatal care, and then presenting these at an advanced practice level, the book moves on to discuss preconception and prenatal care, the management of common health problems during pregnancy, and postnatal care. Each chapter includes quick-reference definitions of relevant terminology and statistics on current trends in prenatal and postnatal care, together with cultural considerations to offer comprehensive management of individual patient needs. Written by experts in the field, Prenatal and Postnatal Care: A Woman-Centered Approach deftly combines the physiological foundation of prenatal and postnatal care with practical application for a comprehensive, holistic approach applicable to a variety of clinical settings.

Breastfeeding And Human Lactation
by Jan Riordan (Author), Karen Wambach (Author)
This is THE reference text for lactation consultants. In its Fourth Edition, the text has been completely revised and updated. It includes key concepts, internet resources, evidence-based tables and boxes and is accompanied by a CD-ROM and color insert, both of which accurately depict positioning, the normal breast, and breastfeeding problems.

Core Curriculum For Lactation Consultant Practice Paperback
by International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) (Author)
Developed by the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA), Core Curriculum for Lactation Consultant Practice, Third Edition is the essential guide to prepare for International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) certification and practice as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). Based on the most current evidence base for practice, it includes four new chapters: * Normal Infant Behavior * Change Management * Developing and Managing a Hospital Lactation Service * Nutrition for the Breastfeeding Child New to this edition are figures of breast anatomy and infant suckling and sections on mentoring future lactation consultants, protecting against chronic disease for the lactating mother, and breastfeeding late preterm infants. Incorporated throughout is a new code of professional conduct for IBCLCs, updated photos, and references. Core Curriculum for Lactation Consultant Practice, Third Edition is the ultimate reference for the entire lactation professional’s career from IBLCE certification through clinical practice.