Preparing for birth

Some tips for your birth

1. Do your own research (some reliable online sources and books listed below).

2. Ask questions to healthcare professionals! You will notice the answers may differ from place to place and person to person.

3. Attend a local Positive birth and Homebirth support groups (even if you are not planning  a homebirth). This will be a place to hear positive, real-life birth stories and prepare for your own birth.

4. Get support from a doula. She will guide you through pregnancy, birth and post-birth.

5. Attend a hypnobirthing, pregnancy yoga or mindfulness course. Mental preparation for birth is even more important than physical.

6. Attend a breastfeeding workshop, talk to breastfeeding mothers. Breastfeeding is not easy, but preparation is the key.

Information about birth, making decisions about your care and interventions



Preparing for birth in practical terms and gaining background knowledge in general

The Positive Birth Book by Milli Hill

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin

The Father’s Homebirth Book by Leah Hazard

Birth Reborn by Michel Odent

Childbirth without Fear by  Grantly Dick-Read

Active Birth by Janet Balaskas

Birthing from within by Pam England  and Rob Horowitz

The Politics of Birth by Sheila Kitzinger

Birth in Focus by Becky Reed

The Oxytocin Factor by Kerstin Uvnas Moberg

Why Home Birth Matters by Natalie Meddings

Why Human Rights in Childbirth Matter by Rebecca Schiller

Why Hypnobirthing Matters by Katrina Berry


Breastfeeding and support in birth and afterwards

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding – La Leche League

Why Doulas Matter by Maddie McMahon

Why Breastfeeding Matters by Charlotte Young

The Fourth Trimester by  Kimberly Ann Johnson



The Continuum Concept by Jean Liedloff

Why Your Baby’s Sleep Matters by Sarah Ockwell Smith

Being There: Why prioritizing motherhood for the first three years matters by Erika Komisar